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Years ago when I passed my driving test I celebrated by getting behind the wheel of my mum’s car and zooming about as often as possible – speeding around Devon country lanes, taking the odd wing mirror scrape and occasional breakdown in my stride. But after moving to London, driving became redundant. I didn’t miss it either, and as the years passed I realised I was beyond rusty – panicked even by the thought of ever having to drive again. Roads are terrifying these days, I reasoned, as recently as a year ago. I was determined that I could get pretty much anywhere on public transport, and my ability to withstand bus queues and freezing train stations trebled.

Life had other plans, of course, and driving is now unavoidable for getting to work. Where I once used to walk half an hour to my job, I now sit in a car for that time – thrown in at the deep end with my very first automobile. Over recent months I’ve gone from terrified, clinging grimly to the steering wheel, to a bit blasé as confidence has returned – neither good attitudes. So for the sake of all road users (and with the hope of scoring cheaper car insurance at the end of it) I decided to sign up for a Skill for Life course with the Institute of Advanced Motoring. Read my Blog posts over the  coming weeks to find out how I get on.

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Ted is feeling festive

Ted at ashbyAs you’ll know, Cumbria has come off worst over the past few weeks, with devastating floods followed by snow last weekend. So it would be lovely to think that kindhearted caravanners will support this beautiful county’s economy over the Christmas period.

Quite a few Club Sites around the country are staying open over Christmas and into the New Year six of which are in the Lake District. The Eskdale Site, for example, is open until January 13, and is set in beautiful countryside with plenty of dog-friendly pubs (no doubt with roaring real fires!) to enjoy after a bracing winter walk.

Ted at CranwellIt will be Kizzy’s first Christmas and she is already enjoying the festive feel mainly wuffing at dogs on TV that are advertising seasonal gifts and products. There seem to be so many animals on the telly at the moment that we rarely get to watch anything in peace!

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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Blanket ban on a new ‘van!

Ted with Milly the caravanApparently they have been on the verge of buying one a 2006 Bailey Burgundy Series 5, to be exact onmore than one occasion. But each time they have wavered before committing to buy, and I think it’s because they don’t want it sullied by dirty dog paws!

So I think we’ll be having a few outings in Milly early next year to see whether she is big enough to take two people and two dogs. Kizzy, the annoying yet playful Westie, hasn’t been on holiday yet, although she has enjoyed a couple of day trips to the beach.

Since we lost our beloved Molly, my fellow border terrier, in April, a lot has happened and holiday time has been shortlived. But we’ll be looking forward over the winter to places where we can take Milly a small Avondale Dart plus a smashing awning that the chauffeur managed to snap up for £50, and which still has not been put up on site.

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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