Elephonse, Calne, England

Steve & Helly

Posted Aug 12, 2007, 1:48 pm
Hi, I'm Elephonse.

Today I've been officially registered as a 'Toy Voyager'. I'm very excited.

My Mum, Helly, has made me a passport, so I can record where I travel.

My home - in Monsieur Alfonse, a Citroen 2CV - is being carpeted later and I'm going to help. Monsieur Alfonse was also fitted with a CD radio yesterday so I can have music while I travel.


The photos show me and Monsieur Alfonse.
Steve & Helly

Posted Aug 19, 2007, 5:54 pm
As Pierre Bear has been having all the fun recently I decided it was my turn. Unfortunately  it rained heavily all day and so I took just a short drive, in Monsieur Alfonse, to Devizes, especially so you can learn all about The Moonrakers.

The picture shows a large pond called The Crammer. The Crammer is very famous in Wiltshire for the following reason . . .

Many many years ago some Wiltshire men were smuggling barrels of brandy and were nearly home when the sun rose and they needed to hide the brandy ready for moving on again at nightfall. They hid the barrels of brandy in The Crammer. That night,  by the light of the full moon and using their rakes they started to fish the barrels out of the pond. Unfortunately some customs men passed by, and seeing they were acting suspitiously asked them what they were doing.

Quick as a flash the men replied that they were trying to fish a cheese out of the pond. The customs men, seeing only the reflection of the moon went on their way, laughing at the 'Stupid Wiltshiremen'.

Once the customs men had gone the Wiltshiremen retrieved their barrels of brandy and made their way home. Therefore Wiltshiremen are known for being canny.

That is why any person who is born in Wiltshire and lives there all their life is called a 'Moonraker'.

Just like Steve!
Steve & Helly

Posted Aug 28, 2007, 10:14 pm
Well, things have been quiet this last week. Monsieur Alfonse - my 2CV 'home' - has had a 'Dicky ticker' (in true, Monsieur Alfonse, ''Allo 'Allo' style) and has needed a tune. I thought this sounded exciting as I like music a lot. I was therefore very surprised that the only music I heard was the engine note of Monsieur Alfonse.

It turns out that car engines need 'tuning' to make them run better. Still, once M. Alfonse had been 'tuned' he made very sweet music.

I watched and learnt, although I didn't get too close as I didn't want oil on my nice blue fur.

In just under two weeks I'm off to Normandy. I'm very excited, although I'll be leaving Monsieur Alfonse behind for a while and will miss him.

Now, where's my passport?

Steve & Helly

Posted Sep 4, 2007, 7:49 am
Today I went to Startford Upon Avon, or, Stratford Upon THE Avon as the locals say. I had a beautiful drive up through the Cotswolds, in Monsieur Alfonse, the scenery was gorgeous.

I didn't get chance to explore Stratford itself as I went to the racecourse to a Citroen Rally. There were lots of Citroens of all shapes and sizes there. I was told I would see lots of 'H' Vans. I was a bit scared as I wasn't certain what they were but I needn't have worried, they were just big vans with a bonnet which looks a bit like a pigs snout!

It is the Citroen 'H' Van's 60th birthday this year so there were lots of 'H' Vans there. I climbed on one so I could have a better look.

I chatted to my friend Travelling Bear and told him all about Toy Voyagers. I'm hoping he'll register soon.

We stayed about two hours and then we drove back home. In total Monsieur Alfonse & I travelled 150 miles.

Next week I'm off on my big adventure to France - well, actually Helly & Steve have kindly let me go with them on honeymoon. I've promised I won't get in their way!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 2, 2007, 9:44 pm
I'm so excited, I'm off to France today, with Steve & Helly on honeymoon. I've never been to France before but Pierre Bear has told me all about it.

I am so excited I decide to sit on the dashboard and watch the whole journey.

Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 2, 2007, 9:48 pm
The journey took ever such a long time. The M25 was closed so we had to drive through London, we only just made it in time.

We are travelling on a catamaran. Helly told me they 'Fight The Pirates', it sounds a bit frightening but she tells me it will be OK.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 2, 2007, 9:57 pm
We arrived in Boulogne-Sur-Mer yesterday afternoon, after a fantastic crossing - no pirates to be seen anywhere! We then drove down to a place called Abbeville where we stayed in a hotel for the night.

On the way to Abbeville we stopped off at Nouvion, where 'Allo, Allo' was set. My car - Monsieur Alfonse - is named after a character from the programme, so I started to miss him a little bit. We've brought Bernice The Berlingo on this trip.

As we were leaving Abbeville this morning I got VERY excited. I spotted another blue elephant!!  Steve told me it's a place where the French wash their cars. I'm going to look for 'Elephant Blu' s all holiday as there are lots of these places. How nice to name them after me! (I hope I've spelt that right as my French isn't very good!)
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 2, 2007, 10:05 pm
On our way across northern France to the Manche region of Normandy we crossed a wonderful bridge called the 'Pont de Tancarville'. It crosses La Seine river and is near  a place called Lillebonne. You can just see the bridge in the background of the photo.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 4, 2007, 7:41 am

I rested today after my long journey yesterday as I know I'll be doing LOTS of travelling during the next two weeks. I'm  with Helly and Steve on their honeymoon. We're in a lovely Gite, called Hope Cottage, in the Manche region of Normandy - Find Cherbourg on the map, travel down to Valognes and then take the D2 south. Ste. Colombe, where the gite is, is about 8 km further on. It's a tiny village. I'll show you some pictures later.


Today I went to St Sauveur Le Vicomte, a very small town near to where we are staying at Ste. Colombe. The picture shows the ancient chateau which you can walk around.

After that we drove on to Ste. Mere Eglise which is famous for it's World War 2 history. The church spire has a full sized model of a parachutist who got stuck as he tried to land. The parachutist was a man called John Steel. Look very carefully and you might be able to see it in the photo.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 5, 2007, 7:46 am
I had a very lazy morning today. So, after a very late breakfast - brunch - I set off to the east coast of Manche.

The nice thing about visiting France at this time of the year is that the beaches are deserted.

The photos show me at Utah Beach, which is very beautiful with its dunes. Helly told me that when she's been here at other times she's seen 'trotters', French horses pulling small carts that are used for racing.

I'm glad they weren't there today as horses that aren't circus horses are sometimes scared of elephants.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 6, 2007, 7:48 pm
Today we travelled around the north coast of Manche. We found some gorgeous beaches and then decided to find some ancient stones - megalithiques. We parked at the bottom of a track and Helly gave me a lift in her hand bag.

I was Ok as I wasn't walking but it was a long walk uphill to find the stones.

When we got there we found a small burial chamber. As I live only six miles from Avebury stone circle in England I was expecting something a little more exciting. Poor Helly was really puffed, so I lay on my back on the stones and gazed up at the sky, pretending I was as puffed as she was so she wouldn't feel left out!

Still, the climb was worth it for the view!!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 6, 2007, 8:00 pm
I set off early with Helly and Steve today to visit Le Mont St Michel.

Le Mont St Michel looks very similar to St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall. It is an island and abbey, virtually surrounded by water.

I stayed in the car as it was a lot busier than other times when Helly & Steve have visited and I didn't want to get lost amongst all the small alley ways and hoards of people.

However, I think I got the best view, from the car park!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 11, 2007, 6:54 am
I went for a great drive today! First I visited St Vaast La Hougue, which the locals pronounce 'St Va'. I walked out to the Fort along a beach which was made of broken shells. There must of been millions of bits of shell.
Then I went up to Gatteville Le Phare and the second tallest lighthouse in France. I very neally went up, but was too scared. Maybe next time.
Finally I went around the top coast of Manche, towards Cherbourg where we found some more standing stones near St Pierre Eglise. These were more impressive than the others we saw and totally deserted, unlike when I visit Avebury or Stonehenge back in England.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 11, 2007, 7:19 am
Oh, what a day! I thought I was excited spotting a 'Blue Elephant' earlier this week.

Today we were heading south, towards La Haye Du Puits when I spotted two 2CVs coming towards us. I waved and got Steve to flash his lights. They waved back, do you think they knew that my 'home' in England is a 2CV?

Then, about five minutes later three more came by, followed by another three. Well, by this stage I was standing on the dashboard waving like crazy and jumping up and down in excitement. Steve very kindly agreed to turn around and follow them. We followed them for miles, back up the way we'd come.

Eventually they turned off at Carteret and drove to the beach.  We got out and introduced ourselves, explaining that in England Steve & Helly have two 2CVs. I was a little upset that they didn't explain that Monsiour Alfonse is my 'home', or that Pierre Bear also lives in our green and white 2CV called Molly. I'm not sure why they didn't!

Anyway, I was just too excited to be upset for long. After about half an hour about TWENTY FIVE 2CVs had turned up from all over France. They were on the tenth tour of Cotentin - the north part of Manche.

Even more exciting was that Steve & helly recognised some of the cars from other 2CV events they'd been to AND most of the people there will be at the French national next year at Dunkerque. I'm going to be there too to complete one of my missions.

Some of the cars had cows painted on them. I looked for an elephant but couldn't see one. I did see that one of the vans had 'I love my 2Cv' painted on it. I asked Steve if he could paint that on Monsieur Alfonse's bonnet when we got back. He said he'd think about it . . . that usually means 'no'!

Steve & Helly are going to write up about today in more detail for their local 2CV magazine next month, which you can read on the Swindon Association of Snails website. They took lots and lots of photos for me, so I can look at them this coming week if I'm feeling homesick.

I was so sad when it was time to go as the group was driving to Cherbourg to go camping for the night before going to Barfleur the following day. I hope that if they do the tour next year I can join in too!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:14 pm
I had a lovely day, staying quite local to the gite.

First I visited Le Pou, or more exactly, the beach there - thoroughly deserted again. Wonderful!

Then I went to St. Sauveur Forest for a walk and picnic.

Finally Steve & Helly found a fantastic viewing point just outside St. Sauveur itself. Right on top of a hill are three deserted windmills. You can climb one of them and at the top there's a viewing platform. I had to be held onto very tightly as it was blowey and I'm not very heavy for an elephant.

I looked for some more blue elephants but couldn't see any. However, Helly told me not to worry as that meant I was unique. I could see for miles, it was FANTASTIC!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:23 pm
Today Helly & Steve took me to another great viewing point. It's at the top of a place called La Pernelle, which is near St Vaast la Hougue.

The view was wonderful, looking out over the sea.

(I did look for more blue elephants, but don't tell Helly as she told me yesterday that I was unique and not to worry myself by looking).

On the way back we stopped at Crossville Chateau. I didn't go inside but Steve told me it was lovely. However, i had a good look at the outside.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:32 pm
We drove quite a distance today to visit Les Roches De Ham, which Helly had read about in a guide book.

You can see from the photos that the countryside around was truely gorgeous. The place we visited was just south of a town called St Lo.

On the way there we drove through a little village which is twinned with the Lydiards in Wiltshire, near to where I came from. We took a photo of the sign to show Helen's boss, Evelyn.

Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:38 pm
Today was a really moving day for Steve. He and Helly found the stretch of beach where Steve's grandfather came ashore in France just after D-Day. It's at a place called Le Hamel, which is just east of Arromanches. You can still see the mulberry harbours there - temporary harbours which were brought in to create landing places.

We didn't get out of the car for long as the weather was REALLY windy and chilly.

However, we drove back down into Arromanches and Helly took a photo of Steve, holding onto his hat so it didn't blow away. The photo shows one of the remaining mulberry harbours with the sea breaking over it.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:46 pm
Well, what can I say! Helly & Steve had a VERY lazy morning. Apparently the hospitality of Chris and Steve who own Hope Cottage, and of Rudolf who owns the local 'pub', was a little too good last night!

I'm not too sure what that means but as they were both very quiet and feeling a bit 'yuk' this morning I think it had something to do with beer!

Anyway, once they'd both surfaced we went to Cherbourg to sit and watch the activities on the beach. There were lots of school children picking up rubbish - I thought I might introduce myself but I was too shy.

I was also excited by some people in land yachts. That looked ever so exciting.

Tomorrow we start the journey back across France towards the ferry.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 6:53 pm
I remembered that I hadn't shown you any pictures of Hope Cottage, so here it is.

It's gorgeous.

Helly and Steve stayed in the one bedroom gite at this end.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 7:01 pm
After saying goodbye to Chris & Steve and Hope Cottage we set off on our way to Honfleur, where we were going to stay the night.

On the way I asked to stop at Pegasus Bridge, which was the first spot in France to be liberated in the second world war. Steve & Helly had a cup of coffee at the Cafe Goddree. What a shame Tiger Tom wasn't there, he could have had a glass of wine (probably two if I know him!) and fulfilled one of his missions.

The bridge in the photo is a replica of the actual bridge, which now sits just down the road in a museum.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 7:06 pm
After stopping the night in Honfleur I got very excited crossing over the Pont de Normandie.

The bridge is ever so high.

I couldn't see it properly as it was ever so misty this morning.

Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 7:10 pm
Despite the fog we got to Boulogne in plenty of time.

I was able to watch as we drove on the ferry. I looked out for the 'fight the pirates' sign, although I wasn't nervous this time.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 12, 2007, 7:14 pm
After another quick crossing we arrived in England.

On the way out of Dover we drove up to a war memorial that Steve wanted to show Helly. Then we set off back to Calne.

I did have a wonderful time! I can't wait to go back. I wonder if Steve & Helly will let me go with them at Christmas?

AND, I never did see another blue elephant!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 15, 2007, 6:06 pm
Back in England and back in Monsieur Alfonse. I went for a short drive today because I'd been missing him SO much.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 15, 2007, 6:22 pm
I was SO EXCITED! Today I went on a 'Convoi Exceptional' with lots of 2CVs, to the Cardiff Bay Barrage.

First we met up with Dave & Ellie in their yellow and black Charleston. We met at Leigh Delemere services on the M4.

Then we met Gary in his Dyane. Gary was VERY naughty and waited on the hard shoulder near Bath for us to pass him. He's lucky the police didn't come and take him away as that's not allowed!

I also crossed the 'new' Severn Bridge, near Bristol. It's a very long bridge and looks just as impressive as the bridges I crossed in France.

It was much more expensive to cross than the French ones though!!

How Much? !

Steve told me Helly got on her 'high horse' and said she'd go the long way round to Wales next time. I'm not sure what that means as I didn't see any horses, but I think she was cross at the price!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 15, 2007, 6:30 pm
All those 2CVs, I was SO EXCITED!! :D

There were 14 of us. We met up at the services just outside Cardiff, and now I can say I've been to Wales. Hurrah!

Once we were all there and had greeted old friends - and young ones too - we set off. We each had a map of the route we were going to take.

Ooops! The person leading took us the wrong way, so we did the 'obligatory 2CV 'u' turn!'
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 15, 2007, 6:44 pm
After a short drive we parked by the Cardiff Bay Barrage.  We had a guided tour of the barrage and then caught a 'dotto' train into Cardiff Bay itself.

The guide told us the Barrage is one of Europe's most advanced engineering projects, consisting of locks, sluice gates and a fish pass. I wanted to have a look at the fish pass which consists of a series of 'steps' which the salmon leap up each year in order to swim up the rivers to spawn. I think Isambard would have been very impressed as he likes engineering.

I didn't have my photo taken on the barrage itself as it was chilly and I stayed wrapped up in the warmth of the ruck sack. I did peep over the edge though.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 16, 2007, 6:48 am
The Dotto Train took us into the bay itself. We got off at Ronald Dahl Plass. This is the site of the old dock, which has now been turned into a vast open space where markets are held.

Next to this I had my photo taken by a huge red building, the old shipping offices.

Wales Millenium Centre is made of natural materials. The slate which lines the front is all from Wales and has been arranged to replicate the strata of sea cliffs. It's very beautiful and the photo doesn't do it justice.

Finally I travelled on the Dotto Train back to the car park. The train stopped half way back to pick up some more visitors. Totally by chance, one of the visitors was another 2CV friend, John and his wife, who were visiting Cardiff for the day.
What a coincidence!

Back in the carpark. Monsieur Alfonse had part of the lettering of the name of the convoy across his front window, so I just had to have my photos taken!
Steve & Helly

Posted Nov 5, 2007, 6:26 pm
I left Monsieur Alfonse behind for the weekend and travelled to Cornwall in Helga the Honda, Helly's two seater car. (Also named after an 'Allo Allo' character)

I stayed in a log cabin for two nights. I'd never been in a log cabin before, it was lovely. The cabin was situated in some woods so I kept an eye out, in case I could see any elephants.  :D
Steve & Helly

Posted Nov 5, 2007, 6:35 pm
The main reason for travelling to Cornwall for the weekend was so that Steve & Helly could eat in Rick Stein's Bistro - He's a famous English TV chef. At this time of year you can have three courses for 15.99! What a bargain!

I stayed in the car while Steve & Helly had lunch, but I did help release Zachary Zebra into the wild - he was picked up within five minutes of being released, it was very exciting!

After they'd had lunch Steve & Helly showed me Padstow. It's a lovely little Cornish fishing village and even at this time of year there were masses of people visiting.

Helly visited the Bear Shop to buy a very special, limited edition bear. However she told me he won't be Toy Voyaging!
Steve & Helly

Posted Nov 5, 2007, 6:39 pm
After lunch I went with Helly & Steve for a walk along the Camel Estuary. It was really beautiful, although I had to walk very fast as the sun was going down.

The photos show me looking across the River Camel, about three miles from Padstow.
Steve & Helly

Posted Nov 5, 2007, 6:43 pm
As I walked towards the mouth of the river I followed the coastline around and there was the sea!

There is no access to the bay you can see in the photo, except by boat.

I made sure I was held very tightly so I could peer over the edge of the cliff.
(No elephants there!)
Steve & Helly

Posted Nov 5, 2007, 6:45 pm
Finally, with the light fading fast, I walked back down the hill I'd climbed and had my photo taken looking at the beautiful Cornish scenery.
Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 10, 2007, 6:38 pm
Christmas is coming and I'm off to France again next week, Hurrah!! This time Pierre Bear is coming with me.

In preparation for Christmas Helly went shopping, first thing, for presents and came home with some new shoes for her! She also HAD to buy an outfit to go with the shoes . . . how does that work?

Steve said the shoes were great. I thought men didn't think about that sort of thing so I decided to see for myself. I tried them on and walked around the house.

Do you think they suit me?

Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 10, 2007, 6:48 pm
The Mystery of the Missing Christmas Tree

Although Steve & Helly are off to France next week they decided to put up a few decorations as they have visitors at the weekend.

Steve went up in to the loft to get down the decorations and the tree. (Three cats means a real tree gets spread around the house, with needles everywhere, so Steve & Helly have given up and have a pretend tree!)

Up went Steve . . .
Down came the box of decorations . . .

Down came the box of lights . . .
Down came the tr . . .

Where's the tree?

It was very spooky, the tree had disappeared!

Steve assured Helly he had looked all over the loft and it definately wasn't there. He also assured her the plumber would not have hidden it for a joke and that was a silly suggestion!

Down came Steve from the loft . . .
Up went Helly . . .
Down came Helly . . .

and off she went in her car to buy another tree!

When she came back I helped to put the decorations up.
Red and gold this year. I had to climb high up to put them on. I tried pretending I was the angel but I was too heavy for the tree and Helly told me if I wanted to be the angel I'd have to dress up and stay at the top of the tree until after Christmas. I decided to climb down then, I'd done enough dressing up wearing Helly's shoes earlier in the day and I don't want to miss France.
Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 31, 2007, 9:36 am
Pierre Bear was very annoying on the trip to Dover, he tried singing all the way! With the help of Rosemary I eventually sat on him and he quietened down.

Here I am in Dover, waiting for the ferry to load. I was disappointed we didn't cross with the usual company as I'd told Pierre and Rosemary all about 'fighting the pirates', but the trip across to France was only a little bit longer.
Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 31, 2007, 9:41 am
'Bonjour France!'

I'm so excited to be back, I neally joined in with Pierre Bear and his 'I Love France' song, but I didn't want to encourage him.

Next stop Abbeville for the night.
Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 31, 2007, 9:45 am


I got ever so excited to see him again. I wonder if I'll meet a real elephant this time?
Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 31, 2007, 1:14 pm
Brrrr . . . Just as well I'm blue already, it was so cold this morning I'd have turned blue! I had my warm scarf on but it didn't help much until Steve had de-iced the car and we'd set off with the heaters on.

Perhaps that's why the 'Elephant bleu' is blue, although it wasn't this cold when I visited Abbeville before!
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 3, 2008, 7:41 am
No Blue Elephants today, but I did spot a 2CV! I was so excited and helped Pierre Bear climb up so he could see it too.

I hope Monsieur Alphonse, my 2CV at home is OK without me.
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 3, 2008, 7:44 am
It was so lovely to revisit Portbail. It's such a pretty place. No one about again today, except a few dog walkers. The tide was out and I sat and thought about how much I want to live here.
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 3, 2008, 7:47 am
Still no blue elephants on the beach. In fact, no one but a few mussel pickers - do you 'pick' mussels?

I spotted the trotters from a distance but I let Pierre Bear look at them, while I hid, as I think horses are scared of elephants!
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 5, 2008, 6:37 pm
Well, it was all I could do to cheer Pierre Bear up. He was so sad at having to go back to England. His heart really is in France.

I encouraged him to look at Honfleur and then I stayed in the car and slept ready for the long trip home tomorrow.
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 5, 2008, 6:39 pm
Hurrah, back over the Pont De Normandie. Twice in one year, fantastic!
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 5, 2008, 6:42 pm
Ohh, it seems so strange driving on the left again. There's been no rain for ten days and now I'm back in England it's raining hard.

I'm not too sad to be back though as I've got another trip to look forward to very soon.
Steve & Helly

Posted Jan 8, 2008, 5:55 pm
Oh, it's good to be home. I have missed Monsieur Alfonse!
Steve & Helly

Posted Mar 24, 2008, 10:31 am

Back out on a 'Raid' in Monsieur Alphonse and back to Wales.  The weather was so bad that I decided to stay safely tucked up in the back of the car. None of this balancing on the dashboard to see out the window melarky!

I only got up to look out when the scenery got interesting!
Steve & Helly

Posted Mar 25, 2008, 8:59 pm
This is more like it! Beautiful views.

However, I was so cold I would have turned blue, if I wasn't already blue!

I decided to climb back in Monsieur Alfonse and have a go at driving.
Steve & Helly

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 7:33 am

Guess what! I'm off to France for the weekend in my beloved 2CV with two other 2CVs from the local club.

I wonder if I'll see blue elephants again?
I hope so. It's very lonely being the only blue elephant.

First stop, Dover:
As I've been to Dover before I told all the other toy voyagers about 'Fighting The Pirates' and the boat we were going on.
Steve & Helly

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 5:05 pm
Having vowed never to fly - elephants can't fly, unless they're Dumbo! - and to keep my feet firmly on the ground - none of this flying business that Pierre Bear excels at! - I found myself on a coastal path in gale force winds.

Well, ok, so they probably weren't gale force but they were strong enough to stop Helly heading in the direction she was supposed to go!

I'm so glad Helly had hold of me firmly when she took my photo, you can see I got blown horizontally across the camera, and being an elephant I'm no light weight!
Steve & Helly

Posted Apr 6, 2008, 10:12 am
I do like France. I spent ages walking inside the walls of the old chateau.

I then sat on the old town's walls and looked down on Monsieur Alfonse and the other 2CVs.
(Secretly I was looking for blue elephants, but I didn't see any).

Finally I made my way back down to Monsieur Alfonse before saying 'Au revoir' to France . . . until I'm back in four weeks time to complete a mission!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 13, 2008, 6:03 pm
Tomorrow I'm off to France again. It seems like only yesterday I was there.
Steve & Helly

Posted May 13, 2008, 6:06 pm
I was a little disappointed I wasn't 'fighting the pirates' this time but not for long! I've found out I'm about to complete one of my missions . . . I'm off to the 2008 French National! Hurrah!!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 13, 2008, 6:08 pm
Here's the gite where I stayed. If I'd known it was going to be so hot I'd have camped!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 13, 2008, 6:11 pm
Hurrah, I'm here. How exciting is that! I don't get excited very often, I'm too laid back for that, but wow, I'm so excited!

Doesn't Monsieur Alfonse look great next to the lake!

. . . and Steve & Dave look great in their hats!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 13, 2008, 6:17 pm
I didn't take lots of photos of cars today, I'll let Pierre Bear show you those, however, there was even more excitement to come.

While driving through Dunkerque in the evening . . . .

An Elephant Bleu!!!!!

Infact I saw lots but most of Helly's photos were of the inside of the car! By the time I'd told her, she'd grabbed me - not very ceremoniously! - and grabbed the camera she missed the
Elephant Bleu.

I was not impressed!!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 26, 2008, 2:14 pm
In true 2CV style we got lost and had to do a u-turn!

We were driving back to the gite after spending the evening in Dunkerque.

Realising we were lost, Dave - who was leading - turned around and we got held up at a crossing we'd just been held up at crossing in the opposite direction - if you get my meaning!

I turned around and saw four other 2CVs behind us. They were French and were lost too. They were trying to find the campsite so had followed us thinking we were going back there!

Pierre Bear found this VERY funny!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 26, 2008, 2:19 pm
The following day we travelled in convoy to see how many 2CVs we could get along the sea front.

2500 to be exact. We were in the first convoy and there were still cars arriving at 12.30pm!!
Steve & Helly

Posted May 27, 2008, 7:33 am
What a day, loads of 2CVs. I've never seen so many lined up in one place.

I think all toyvoyager hosts should get one then I could meet lots of Toy Voyagers at 2CV events!

Back to the campsite now in one very long convoy. . .
Steve & Helly

Posted May 27, 2008, 7:38 am
Back to Calais for the journey home. We arrived at the port very early and would have had to pay to get on an earlier ferry so we drove towards the lighthouse and found a cafe to while away some time.

Steve & Helly

Posted May 27, 2008, 7:41 am
Back in Dover, how sad.

Still, I saw lots of 2CVs and an Elephant Bleu so what more could I ask?

I'm not back to France now until September.
Steve & Helly

Posted Jun 20, 2008, 6:42 am
MMM! Elephonse has just found out he now has to share Monsieur Alfonse with Pierre Bear.

He is not impressed and is sulking!
Steve & Helly

Posted Jul 8, 2008, 6:21 pm
Hurrah! It's 2CV camp weekend.

Look at all the lovely 2CVs!

I've decided not to sulk any more, after all, who could remain sulky with all these lovely cars about!

Harry turned up with his tent. For some reason he was sporting his ghost t-shirt and ghostly sign. Pierre Bear & I told him all about toy voyaging and tried to pursuade him to become a voyager himself. Unfortunately his Mum doesn't own a computer so we promised to take photos of him whenever we meet him at 2CV events.
Steve & Helly

Posted Jul 12, 2008, 8:39 am

A parcel arrived today. It was addressed to Steve & Helly but inside was a present from Mistigree for me.

How exciting, infact, the present was actually from Tiger Tom!  He knows me so well. A lovely old ripple bonnet 2CV fridge magnet. There were also some lovely violet flavoured madeleines, which did not last very long! Helly rather liked them! The lovely postcards are wine related, what else!

The photo shows the empty packet of madeleines - told you they didn't last long! Mabel the kitten joined in the excitement too.

Thank you Tiger Tom and Mistigree!!!
Steve & Helly

Posted Jul 31, 2008, 6:18 pm
Hurrah, out in Monsieur Alfonse!

What a great drive, to Dorset and then along the South Coast.

I sat on the bonnet of Alfonse to have my photo taken and then admired the view of Chesil Beach.
Steve & Helly

Posted Aug 7, 2008, 7:14 am
Much as i like sharing Monsieur Alfonse with Pierre Bear he's a big too adventurous for my liking! All this talk of flying, it makes me shudder just thinking about it.

So, I have a surprise for him.

Having sold Molly as two 2CVs was too much, this fell into Steve & Helly's hands . . .

May I present . .

Pierre Bear's new home . . .


But, shhh! He doesn't know yet!
Steve & Helly

Posted Sep 18, 2008, 6:13 pm
I'm off hunting 'Elephant Bleu's tomorrow. Off to Normandy again, HURRAH!