PDML meet-up in Britain? Early May...

Bob Pdml pdmlbw at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 14:34:25 EST 2020


Hi Stan,

The Bank Holiday is May 4 - they are always on Mondays. Your fears are justified. You can expect hotels and B&Bs to be booked well in advance. The roads will be jammed, and delayed further by traffic accidents. The railways will be packed, and delayed by strikes and unseasonal weather of one extreme or the other. Airlines will be overbooked but it won’t matter because the French air traffic controllers are on strike (but your airline has gone bust anyway) and everybody has been camping in the airport for at least a week. That is the traditional Bank Holiday. The only thing to do is stay at home or cycle or walk to wherever you want to be. If you want to be in Guernsey then a ferry would probably get you there and (one day) back again. 

If things go to plan for me then by May I will be living somewhere on the South Coast, most likely in exotic Worthing, planning to buy a small place in France, and split my time between them. If that happens then a trip to Guernsey would be great. But since it depends on somebody buying my house pdq I will just have to wait and see.

Hasta luego,
Bob

> On 17 Jan 2020, at 17:44, Stanley Halpin <stan at stans-photography.info> wrote:
> 
> Thanks all!
> 
> Some variations to our plans that I have thought of, based in part on your responses:
> 
>    a. on arrival in Southampton 1 May, instead of heading immediately SW we could instead head for London environs, overnight, Saturday with Bob & whoever, then proceed SW later on Saturday 2 May. Unless of course Bob has moved to Paris or back to Gibraltar or some other exotic locale.
> 
>    b. We have thought of finding lodging a bit closer to or into Cornwall, e.g. Tavistock, Gunnislake… Which is the region Meg’s Dad was from. A feasible day trip from there would be back toward Exeter if Cotty & Alma are in that neighborhood.
> 
>    c. Definitely intrigued by Guernsey. I checked ferry schedules from Poole. Given the timing and the length of the trip, it doesn’t seem feasible to do a day trip, but maybe an overnight. However I am not seeing any ferries back from Guernsey mid-day, everything seems to be late afternoon/evening… I’ll do some more looking and keep this in mind.
> 
> I am a bit concerned about early May, Bank Holiday on 8 May, and how that impacts our plans. I can visualize great masses of urbanites streaming toward any available green space, zeroing in on all available “charming" B&Bs etc. But at least the powers-that-be had the sense to postpone May 1 for a week so that any disruption will happen at the end of our travels rather than the beginning!
> 
> I will continue planning and booking and will remain flexible on specific until mid-April.
> 
> Stan
> 
>> On Jan 17, 2020, at 5:21 AM, Steve Cottrell <cotty at seeingeye.tv> wrote:
>> 
>> On 16/1/20, Stanley Halpin, discombobulated, unleashed:
>> 
>>> Probably...
>>>    - to Exeter or further southwest, say Plymouth or Tavistock, via train
>>> or auto
>>>    - 7-night stay in an inn, day trips out and about
>> 
>> Just can't keep you away ;-)
>> 
>> Exeter is one of our possible move-to destinations so we know that part ot the world quite well and have a couple of bolt-holes. Will try and get down there if we can.
>> 
>> Subject of course to the usual ailments and stresses - we were trying to get up to London later today to visit with Mark and Lisa but it's proving difficult with my car in for service and Alma's recovering cataract operation, her eye is a bit tender these past few days and the checkup appointment a few days away still.
>> 
>> Will liaise nearer the time
>> 
>> -- 
>> 
>> 
>> Cheers,
>> Cotty
>> 
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>> On Jan 17, 2020, at 8:05 AM, Bob Pdml <pdmlbw at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> I’ve jotted those dates down in my diary. Can’t guarantee anything yet as I have just put my house back on the market, so the rest of time now depends on how that plays out.
>> 
>> Bob
> 
> 
>> On Jan 17, 2020, at 10:34 AM, Chris Mitchell <chrism8063 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Won't be able to get to the South West then. However, we'll be in Guernsey
>> from the 5th. If you fancy a day trip or a couple of days, we'd be happy to
>> show you around. There are flights from Exeter and boats from Poole...
>> 
>> Chris
> 
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