Back in Britain

We’re currently on the ferry, our last but one leg of the journey home. A quick stop off at Tesco for some non-cheese-or-bread related food before the drive back to Hadfield awaits. Wanda is filthy. She looks like we’ve been rallying. Try snow, wind, rain, hail, sleet, frost… Not starting, failure to accelerate past 40mph…

Driving round Deutschland in a Van-Car…

The big move to our (much bigger) house went very well, despite the freezing temperatures on the day. Ten journeys across town in Wanda the Van-Car and a few very late nights cleaning the old house ready for our tenants… we were a little bit tired, to say the least. Probably not the best time…

The West German Pottery Empire Expands…

…Taking over the house once again! Well, Aidan arrived back at 2am yesterday morning, literally fizzing over with excitement to be back (“I drank 2 litres of Coke to keep awake…”); and we did stay away, until five in the morning! We resisted the urge to unpack the car in the dead of night, restraining…

How Many Pieces of Pottery Can You Put…

  Couple of hours in! …into a Ford KA? This is a challenge that Aidan and I frequently undertake through our outings to Germany. This – the fifth trip – has been no exception. The journey down was faultless. So much so, that we arrived two hours early for our ferry… and they let us…

Where it All Began: A Retro Pottery Obsession

In exactly thirty five minutes, we will be setting off on our fourth trip to Germany in the last seven months. We’re hoping to return as laden down as always. As a nice little ‘fare thee well’, I thought I’d share this picture: We used to live in a tiny flat in Levenshulme when we first…

From Germany to Glossop…

..Deutschland to Derbyshire. We’re back. The house is full. Aidan has just pointed out that I don’t really have time for a blog but I just can’t resist: the sheer scale of what we have returned with from this trip is phenomenal. Observe:   Note the glass head back right; at the moment, we think…

Üeberlacker Twin Pots

That title makes it sound like yoghurts. It’s not yoghurts, I promise!   Üeberlacker Keramik make some luvverly pots (I’m getting my Masterchef style voice ready for tonight’s show…); bright, unusual and original… Yep, I like them. These are a pair we decided to keep from the original German Road Trip. For once, I’ve attempted…

Back from Germany – pots ahoy!

Well, we got back on Sunday afternoon feeling tired, dirty and utterly thrilled with our haul of pottery!  We’d had a fantastic second week in Germany, staying with another of the Pottery and Glass forum members near Nuremburg, before heading back up to the Essen area to look for more pottery. One of the best…

Ransbach-Baumbach and Jopeko

After Essen, we had to make our way South towards Worms and Speyer. Before we set off, we trundled around a few more Trödelmarkts, filling the car up even further. Once Tina was fit to bursting yet again, we began the next leg of our journey. We spotted that our route was going to take…

Part Two: The Ruhrgebeit

Another thing about me and travelling: map-reading. I’m pretty shocking at it. I have a tendency to send us off a junction or road too early, can’t seem to orientate the map and find it really difficult to follow where we are on our route. This hasn’t helped us being able to find Trödelmarkts which…

German Road Trip: Travelling, Tongeren and Trödelmarkts

It probably wasn’t a good sign when I got us lost in Britain.  Our first stopover was to break up the journey to Dover, staying at Aidan’s brother’s house in Letchworth. Unfortunately, I managed to direct Aidan off the motorway a stop too early and we spent a good half an hour trundling down some…

A West German Road Trip

I must start off with an apology – I’m extremely sorry for how poor I’ve been on the blogging front recently. As always, my excuse is time. I’ve been too busy for the past month: marking exams, car boot sales, general day to day life etc. So, I’m afraid the blog got slightly neglected. Happily…