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April 2017

Our Easter trip away took us to County Durham. As previous years we were to have the caravan serviced at the same time at Teesside. Unfortunately they could not do it until Maundy Thursday so we had to travel home on Good Friday. We stayed at Daddy's cousin Juliet's house for a couple of nights and brought her back with us to Braintree so she could visit her mum (my great auntie Margaret.)
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We always like to take a photo of the caravan on site as we strive to get a site with a view. The only problem on an exposed site like this is that we were plagued with very strong, very cold winds. The bikes were kept in the awning but Daddy had to take it down before the wind did! This is a few miles left (west - Daddy) of Durham city.



Around this part of the country are many off road cycle tracks and paths, often made on old railway lines. One was called the  Waskerley Way and was 18 miles in total. We got half way, had our packed lunch and Mummy and I returned to the car while Daddy continued to the end and back. He was a long time as there was a cafe at the top so he had another lunch. (I did suggest meeting you at the cafe where the car was so don't blame me if you got hungry! - Daddy.)

This is Daddy being silly as we crossed a very high viaduct and below is the track Daddy took across the moors.

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This is the projector in the Methodist church at Beamish. Daddy fixed one up on a roof beam in our church but it wasn't this big.

Daddy says I'm happier than I look. I could relate to the old houses but the tram way left me cold. The mine was a bit scary but Mummy said it was important to see how men used to work.

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The Sunday turned out surprisingly warm and sunny so we bunked off church and visited the coast, Seaham in fact. It had a small marina, a good beach which we even sat on and Tommy, (below.) It is a sculpture of a World War 1 soldier returning home and was very realistic. You could almost feel his weariness.

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Maundy Thursday was caravan service day so we went to Staithes again, this time with cousin Ju.

The sun shone brightly but it was still cold, hence my squint and Ju's hat. Old Jack's Boat is still filmed there but I don't watch CBeebies anymore.

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That's all folks (did someone say "Good"?)

Our next update will be about the Big Church Day Out weekend and the Isle of Widget DADDEE! (Sorry)

So it's goodbye from us and goodbye from Woburn.

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Nannie came to take care of Woburn and the other animals again. I think they were spoilt as usual! Unfortunately Nannie still has to use a crutch or even two when she goes out because of her leg problems but insists on doing as much as she can. Sometimes too much in my opinion.

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Durham cathedral had a trail for us to follow and some of the clues took a lot of searching! The organ was playing which Mummy and Daddy loved. Look closely at the picture and you can see plastic around the tower so we weren't able to climb it for the views.

Whilst in Durham Mummy and Daddy bought me a portable wi-fi device so now I can keep in contact with my friends when we are away with Skype or other apps. They even showed me Woburn playing outside.
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My bike is far too small for me despite Daddy raising the saddle and fitting a higher handlebar stem. When we got home we traded it in for a second hand bigger one. It's a lot easier to ride!

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We spent two days at Beamish outdoor museum which was a wonderful place. Museums aren't my favourite holiday destination normally but this was interesting plus Mummy and Daddy loved it so much. I think it's because they could relate to it as Daddy is so old. (Oi, watch it Sunshine! - Daddy.) Being Caravan Cub members we got a 25% discount so Daddy was nearly dancing with joy.

We travelled around on the trams as Daddy was a bit disappointed when he realised that all the old buses were replicas on modern shazzis. (Close. That's chassis. The steam lorry was genuine though- Daddy.) Oh joy.

This queue was for the sweet shop. We spent 6 there (for not a lot someone said, but that's Dad.)

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One day was spent at an Adventure Farm and Park. Here, Mummy has a White-Faced Scoops Owl on her arm. The keeper showed us a Northern Caracara bird which he was going to fly but the wind was too gusty. I'm writing about it for school homework though.

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