Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Trying to tick all the boxes

We visited the caravan site in the Trough of Bowland today. Disappointingly, for several reasons it wasn't for us but the drive out was lovely.

It was situated right in the middle of the countryside which was beautiful and as much as we love the Fylde coast it felt good to be somewhere different.
We pretty much knew straight away that today wouldn't be the day we became the owners of a holiday home, but never ones to waste a day out we decided to partake of a pub lunch. We chanced upon The Spread Eagle by accident but oh my, what a find.
We chose a window seat overlooking the river and I ordered a Lancashire cheese and pear sandwich with a cup of asparagus soup, while Mark went for the steak and ale pie which would have fed a family of four. And it was 'real' food. Not something that you look at and think "I could have defrosted and microwaved this myself". 
We got chatting to a lovely old couple next to us who'd also had a drive out for lunch and as we weren't exactly sure where we were they enlightened us by telling us we were in Sawley. Just across the road from the pub were these ruins which I googled when I got home. It's Sawley Abbey and was built in 1147.
Back home we've had another look to see if there's anything out there that takes our fancy and I think a trip to Cheshire might be next on the cards.

I have a feeling it's going to be a longer process than we thought. I'm just hoping we manage to find something that suits all of us. 

xxx






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  1. beautiful, and you can't beat a good pub lunch. With proper food. I will never forget being in a pub with Bill, the food was ok, but not home made. Some people close by seemed to think otherwise, sat back saying loudly 'oh you can't beat home cooked food', and there, from the back of the pub, a Brakes Brothers lorry pulled out. Ha! homecooked indeed!

    :O) x

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    1. That's funny. Food can definitely be a bit snobby and all in the mind. At the Christmas market in Manchester the bratwurst sausage stallholder had obviously been to Lidl and was cashing in while he could by selling them at a ridiculously inflated price and Mark once saw the Midland Hotel take a massive delivery of Tesco value chicken breasts. xx

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    2. That's funny. Food can definitely be a bit snobby and all in the mind. At the Christmas market in Manchester the bratwurst sausage stallholder had obviously been to Lidl and was cashing in while he could by selling them at a ridiculously inflated price and Mark once saw the Midland Hotel take a massive delivery of Tesco value chicken breasts. xx

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  2. Too bad you didn't find a suitable holiday home today, but glad you had a nice drive and got to enjoy a good lunch. Until you do find something that suits you, continue to enjoy the search.

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    1. I think there'll definitely be a few more trips out before we find anything but as you say the thing to do is enjoy the search. xx

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  3. The sandwich sounded delicious. The weather today was grim! Think of all the fun days out you'll have looking for your holiday site!

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    1. I've definitely adopted lancashire cheese and pear as a filling, it was yummy. It was pretty misty in the TOB but still beautiful. Such a shame the site wasn't really for us. The area is beautiful. xx

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  4. It's a shame you didn't find what you were looking for but it's not something to be rushed in to, it's got to be just what you want and I'm sure you'll know it as soon as you see it. Glad the day wasn't wasted though, you picked a lovely spot for lunch, Mick would have had the steak and ale pie too.

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    1. It certainly can't be rushed into. It's a major expense and then there's the on-going annual site fees which is why the place has to be just right. And of course, the site owners are always the winners when it comes to selling so we want to make sure we're really happy with it and want to stay there for years to come.

      Steak and ale pie must be a man thing. Mark's face always lights up if it's on the menu. xx

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  5. I'm sure when you find the right place you'll know instantly, in the meantime enjoy your days out x

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    1. You're right there Tess, I can tell within the first few minutes if it's for me or not. The site I rang today wanted to book me in for a 2 hour tour! I told her I'd know straight away if I liked it or not, don't think she was used to hearing that, but I will. As it happens the add on costs kept on rising as we were talking so I won't even be visiting that one for 5 minutes. xx

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  6. No doubt about it, you will find your home away from home and it will be well worth any wait. At least the search means you have the perfect excuse for lots of lovely day trips and lunches out. Enjoy!

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    1. Oh I do hope so Liz. It doesn't help that we can't decide between coast or country, we like the idea of both. Yes, lots of lovely pub lunches in the country and good old fish and chips at the coast. There's a positive in everything isn' there. xx

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    1. Oohh do you know it? It's fantastic isn't it. Lovely position, lovely inside and great food. I'd definitely go back again and they even do accommodation so I could really stuff myself then roll straight into bed for a snooze. Perfect! xx

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    2. Yes, Dan's from East Lancs so we've wandered all over the area, gorgeous villages and countryside - a bit of a well kept secret really.

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