Hello… and welcome from Thebus, Phoebe and Me

Jan 1st 2015

Having completed an entire year on the road, January 2015 is the start of my new blog.  Please excuse me whilst I learn, and I hope you will stay around to enjoy this year with me. I now have a Youtube Channel with clips of my journeys if you Subscribe to it you will always know what I am doing

The World is My Lobster – Youtube Channel

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When I began my journal on the shortest day of 2013 I had no idea what would happen in the ensuing year – and this is how I started it.

George Eliot is reputed to have said “It’s never to late to be what you might have been” and this quote has been stuck on the inside of my kitchen cupboard door for many years. So this is the story of how I decided, in my mid sixites to sell everything, upsticks and set off on my travels with my Great Dane Phoebe as a travelling companion. My last holiday was sometime in the eighties and I have never been further north than Wigan. Plus my sense of direction and knowledge of geography hover somewhere around the zero mark I don’t know how it will end, but this is how it begins…..

If you want to start from the beginning of my journey then just CLICK HERE

30 thoughts on “Hello… and welcome from Thebus, Phoebe and Me

  1. Sharon & phil

    Hi Sue How are you feeling. We talk about you often . Seeing the bus parked up as we arrived at work would always make our day knowing we could have a chat and see phoebe. Would be lovely to hear from you. Take care Sharon & Phil x

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      Feeling okay at present, and thank you for thinking of me.

      Had a really, really bad time a few weeks ago, to do with rather poor NHS care whilst I was having radiotherapy. Still that is behind me now and I am beginning to get my strength back a bit. I am currently parked up on a piece of land I own down by the River Severn just outside Stourport, and I must say it is lovely here. Quiet and peaceful, and ideal for Phoebe being surrounded by fields and miles of lanes and footpaths.

      Thinking about things sensibly it seems I am unlikely to go back to full-time travelling so I will probably sell Thebus 🙁 – A wrench, but he was really meant for full-time travelling, and as I have not actually done any since January 2016 it seems only sensible. I loved my travels and might try a bit of dog friendly b&b or hotels, but it is early days for me strengthwise so it’s best not to rush at things too much.

      Phoebe is great, though very lively still as she is only just gone 2 years old, but she is a lovely and loving girl. Hope you are both well. And once again – thanks for thinking of me.

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      Thanks Graham. Have had a bad few months, but am feeling a bit more like myself at present. I am thinking I may sell Thebus as it seems unlikely I will go back full-time on the road, but I only made the decision over the weekend – so early days. I am parked up on some land I have by the River Severn and have bought a small static unit, and will gradually move all my stuff in. Its very peaceful and pleasant here. Thanks for thinking of me Sue xxx

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      Hi there – at long last I have summoned the energy to start updating the blog, though now months behind – its a good job I have a long memory. Anyway – thanks for thinking of me. I am still not well, but feeling better and pleasingly out of pain and taking no painkillers since I started on my chemo, so that has to be good thing. Another 3 doses to go then radiotherapy next year. xxx Sue

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      Hi there. Yes I am still here, though not well at present, and didn’t know what to put on the blog, but I am about to update it now. My travels have come to a stop in the Limousin, but its a very lovely place to be 🙂 x

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  2. Simon Penny

    You have been busy since i last read of your travels !
    I was reading your updates everyday when you first started but then they stopped and i thought maybe you had given up due to illness.
    It’s going to take me a while to go back through and catch up – around a years worth of entries i think !
    Shame i didn’t find you again a bit earlier – i live near Bristol ( grew up there ) & a friend of mine owns a place in Weymouth which featured on your recent youtube entry.
    Very pleased to see you are still ‘on the road’ and enjoying your adventures.
    Keep on trucking !
    Simon

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      Hi Simon. Lovely to hear from you. I got a really bad dose of genuine Flu when up in Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and feeling groggy pressed a link in an email and introduced a hideous virus which ate all my photos and files. As result I decided to change to Apple, but couldn’t get it till I got back to the Midlands, then had to learn all the new ways of using it – all of which took ages. But I did update most things and now even have a Youtube Channel where I add little photo montages https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3ruSi9fP4ke7ZowPkn_BlQ
      All being well (me included) I am intending to head to Spain then over to Morocco in the Spring – so – Watch this space 🙂

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      1. Rachel

        We bought some eggs from you some time ago. The chickens were lovely and I hatched 75% and gave three to a friend who was undergoing chemo. She is well and it was time again to get some eggs. I was delighted to see that you have changed your situation and hope that you are enjoying Spain. We have moved to Buckingham and have plenty of room and a hook up if you come this way. Enjoy and we will cope without your eggs.

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        1. twimlsue Post author

          Well – I am going to be in a similar position to your friend shortly as I am awaiting an appointment from the hospital nearby here in Limoges. My travels are on hold, and I may even buy a property here as it is a truly lovely place. Who Knows? I may even get some more Marans 🙂 x

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  3. Frank L

    Hi Sue
    I got the link to this site from your calling card which you gave to my brother in law (John) after he delivered some groceries to you.
    My partner (Pam) and I have had a motor-home for about ten years now and so reading through your blog was of great interest, even though we are not full-timing, some of your experiences resonated.
    We are based in Stoke-On-Trent so if you are in the area and need any information, or just to chat, then feel free to email.
    I am not normally a blog fan but please keep it up!
    Best wishes
    Frank

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  4. thursa

    Hello
    I found your blog by chance this evening. After reading the first post (Thomas Grey Thomas Grey – how very evocative!) I have now reached new Year’s Day and the Terror of the Thything, having forgotten my bodily needs in the race to find out what happened next. You are a wonderful writer and your adventure is worthy of a book. If I sleep in tomorrow I shall hold you personally responsible for keeping me up reading! 😉
    Thank you so much for your blog, I will keep reading.
    Best wishes
    Thursa

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      How very kind, and I a so pleased you are enjoying my journal. It makes it worth keeping uptodate if I know someone is reading it 🙂 Thank You 🙂

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  5. Terence ford-williams

    Hi, I volunteer at Mosely Old Hall and would like your permission to copy paste some of your pictures on our fb page! They are really good. Or perhaps if you are on fb to post directly yourself. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again .
    Terry.

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      By all means – I had a lovely day with you all there – a link back or a mention of the blog would be nice 🙂

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  6. Bigmomma

    Have left you an answer on the 365 Forum but having got the link am now testing by sending you a comment, hope this works

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    1. Jean

      Hello can not seem to see the Rug Chapel entry. I have had many hours of pleasure reading your blos. Hope you and Pheobe are keeping warm. Jean XXX

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      1. twimlsue Post author

        Hi and pleased you have found it now, sometimes the 2014 blog plays me up a bit. I had a lovely time with you at Rug 🙂

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  7. Julie Wall

    Hi Sue, as I haven’t made a New Years resolution yet it would be a good idea to make keeping up with your blog entries my resolution for this year. Your journal has always been entertaining and very readable, love your humour and personable style of writing best of all.
    Julie x

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    1. twimlsue Post author

      Lovely to hear from you Julie, and thanks for that 🙂 Happy New Year, and my New Year’s resolution must be to keep the blog more up to date!

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  8. twimlsue Post author

    Thanks Jean and a very Happy New Year to you and all your family. It was lovely meeting you at Rug Chapel. I am trying to get last year’s posts updated as fast as I can !

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