Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it…. .

Well what a week.

What. A. Week.

We are currently at Mikki’s Place.

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Mikki’s Place.

We came for two nights.

Then three.

Then four.

Then six.

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Communal spaces.

If we didn’t have our next Helpx starting tomorrow I think we may well have just stopped another week.  And maybe another.  And then another.  We’ll never know.

P1140615.JPGWe knew about the place.  Had heard good things about it.  Read some really positive reviews about it.  Seen some cool photos of it.  But.  Would it be for us?

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Ceramics and art to peruse or buy.

People stay here for months at a time.  Some never leave.  Images of a cliquey commune came to mind.  A kind of retirement village.  And I suppose it is.  Kind of.  But not quite.

P1140617.JPGLocation was a factor too.  We like to walk and sometimes cycle without having to drive the van anywhere.  Situation wise it didn’t look too promising on either front.

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Bar/dining/socialising space.

However.  You can surprise yourself sometimes.

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Dining space.

A day goes by.  You talk to a few people.  You get a good vibe about the place.

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Chill out space.

Another day goes by.  More chatting.  Interesting stories.  Different lives.

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Nice touches.

Another day goes by.  More stories.  Music shared.

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Liam from Livin off the hook.  An inspirational family from Ireland.  Check their blog out.

Inspiring people.

P1140658.JPGIt seeps in.

P1140633.JPGA few more days go by.

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Dogs most welcome too.

Ok.  Whoa.  Stop right there Jane.  I don’t do woo woo and I’m getting just a little bit too woo woo for my liking!

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Nice T-Shirt tan Jane.

Tim has been saying for the last few days that I’ve gone a bit Bodmin (if you watch the Doc Martin series then you’ll know what I mean).  This place has had a bit of an effect on me though.

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Yoga with Niamh – another member of team Livin off the hook.

We came just under a week ago believing it wouldn’t really be our scene and we’ve completely changed our opinion.

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Niamh trying to teach an ironing board some yoga moves.

It’s not a campsite exactly.  It’s not an aire either.  It’s not even a combination of the two.

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The backside of the pizza oven.

It’s unique is what it is.

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More music……
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……..an artists interpretation of the picture above by Ella, aged 6.

But anyway enough of the love in with Mikki’s.  How did our internet date go?  As I wrote in the last blog, we were here to meet up with Tim and Jan who follow the blog and who are on a similar trip to us with their lovely dog Jade.

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This is not Jan!

I have to say I was a tad apprehensive.  We had a tenuous link via our friends Sam and Chris who had met them on a campsite on the Isle of Arran in Scotland.  We seemed to have an awful lot in common though.  And not just the similar names.

Well all I can say is we have had a cracking time with them.  We’ve had a day out walking the coast.

Amazing weather.

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We were watching a pod of dolphins.

Shared a couple of meals.  Chatted about our different life stories.  Chatted some more.  Boy can I talk the hind legs off a donkey.  In my defence I’ve been socially starved for over two months apart from talking to Tim (my Tim!).  Tim is not generally a big talker so I make up for the two of us.  It’s fair to say I haven’t shut up!

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Our new besties!

It all had to come to an end sooner or later though and our new best friends (sorry Di and Chris) hit the road heading east this morning.  If we never hear from them again I’ll know they were just being polite!  If we do I’ll try not to chew their ears off so much next time we meet.

And talking of ears we are ready and raring to go to start our next Helpx.  We were there two years ago.

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Happy days at Donkey HQ December 2016.

We’re going back.

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Thankfully donkeys don’t drool.

I’ll have twenty new pairs of ears to chew off now.

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Kali, my favourite.

We’re going to Donkey HQ again.  Yay!

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First trek to the beach for Kali, Dec 2016.

Oh, and before I go.  After my yoga session with Niamh a few days ago I’ve been doing a little session in the mornings by myself.  The results have been nothing short of astounding.

Just look at me now!

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See, I’ve come over all artistic myself now!

Até breve!

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We are Jane and Tim and we recently gave up our jobs and rented out our house to persue a life of travel across Europe in our motorhome called Ollie.

13 thoughts on “Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it…. .”

  1. Hilarious 😂

    It certainly has been a life changing week. Great meeting so many relaxed and friendly like minded people… not so anti about the idea of life in a retirement home now!?

    Always try anything once… we look forward to your Swingers Blog next month!!!!!! 😝

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    1. We’d been curious about the place for a while Paul. We didn’t stop there when we were in the Algarve in 2016 because we thought the location wouldn’t suit us. We expected it to be quite rough and ready but it is really tidy. If it gets any bigger though I think it will lose some of the good feeling about it.

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  2. What a great write up. There has been a lot more work completed since we last visited. Jan and Tim contacted us through Instagram saying that they were going to Mikki’s Place having read our blog post! Well, we felt nervous about that!!! What if they had hated it? We would look like proper eejits 🙂
    Again they were originally going for a couple of nights then messaged us to say they had booked for a week and you guys were heading there to meet them – so with a great sense of relief we are glad you all had a great time and enjoyed the experience as much as we did.

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    1. Ha I can feel your anxiety as we’re all different and what we like some others might not etc but its the only place we’ve been so far that we thought maybe we could stay for a month or two……or three! I even looked at the cost of hiring a car for a couple of months. Maybe next year we might feel the need to stop for a while. Mind you the weather was superb but the bar/lounge area is such a nice place to sit and read/work etc with superfast wifi that it wouldn’t be too bad if it was wet. You don’t get that on a campsite. However, as i replied to Pauls comment if it gets too big it will lose something. Also if it gets too popular you might not get in!

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