February - March 2018
  • Day20


    March 2, 2018 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Jan slept ok, but Geoff and I were awake a lot through the night. Eventually we got a few hours sleep before we went downstairs for breakfast. Showered and packed then went to the Botanical gardens. The gardens are a world heritage site. We went into the national orchid garden which was very lovely. Next stop was the flower dome at Gardens by the Bay. Just beautiful. A quick bite to eat then we headed out to the airport. A comfortable wait at the airport just chillin, walking around, some last minute shopping and some nice Vietnamese for dinner. Finally on board for our last leg of the journey.Read more

  • Day18

    Day 15- Gatwick to Singapore

    February 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

    After a very hot night in the Hilton Hotel and I mean temperature wise 😜, we met Mary and Aaron and walked over to the departure terminal. We said our sad goodbyes and started the long journey home. It all started with a delayed flight. We had the exit row seats so we had plenty of leg room however I did not get any sleep at all. Geoff managed to get some sleep and Jan was like me tried but with no luck. We arrived in Singapore and got straight into our room so we showered and slept for about 5 hours. We got up and went out for dinner at the Kampong Glam. Jan and I had a 40 min foot massage and 30 min body massage, just heaven. Back to the hotel and up to the rooftop, lovely view and Geoff had a swim.Read more

  • Day17

    UK day 14- Head to Gatwick

    February 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ -2 °C

    Happily we woke to a winter wonderland having snowed over night. It was soooo beautiful and we were very excited, unlike the locals who were moaning. We packed our bags and set off for Gatwick Hilton hotel. We went through many snow showers which was really cool. Maybe not for motorists in other areas that were affected more. We took a little side tour and drive through Windsor and stopped to take a couple of photos of the castle. Jan finally got her Castle!!!!! We arrived at Gatwick Hilton and sorted out our bags before we had our last meal together.Read more

  • Day16

    UK day 13- Back to Solihull

    February 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Wonderously there were snow flurries this morning while we were packing up to return to Solihull. It is so cool to see the snow. We firstly stopped at homebase (bunnings), to buy some taps for Mary and Aaron's bathroom. On the road and we drove through quite a bit of snow, Jan and I were loving it. It stopped snowing closer to home but about 5 minutes after we got home it started to snow quite nicely, it was like it was just for us. It got very cold and more snow is forecast for tomorrow. A lovely evening around the fireplace keeping warm.Read more

  • Day15

    UK day 12- York

    February 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

    Geoff and I went to the Jorvik centre this morning. This is a museum over a Viking site which was discovered when they started building a shopping centre in the 1970's. The museum has a glass floor at the start where you can see some of the actual dig site. They have recreated scenes from the Viking village pieced together from the artefacts that they unearthed. They found about 40,000 relics in the dig and are on display in the museum.
    We walked to the pub where we met up with Jan, Mary and Aaron and some of their friends for a lovely lunch at The Whippet Inn. Nice lunch with great company. Mary and Aaron stayed with their friends for further drinks while Jan, Geoff and I went home via some souvenir shops. Another relaxing evening at our accommodation
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  • Day14

    UK day 11- York

    February 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Geoff and I went off together today and walked around the streets of York. We found the Shambles and there was a market going on there. Eventually after just walking around a bit we found part of the wall and started to walk on the wall and ended up around the York Minster. After a bit of a walk around the neighborhood we decided to line up to go in the Minster. We saw Mary and Aaron and she said use our tickets but we got busted and left. Met up again with Jan, Mary and Aaron for lunch. Geoff and I went for more of a wander about and ended up at the York castle museum. That was very interesting with a realife Victorian neighbourhood as well as other exhibits, fashion through the ages, kitchens through the ages, WW1 exhibit as well as the sixties and the prison cells of the past.
    Wandering around in the late afternoon we saw many stag and hens party groups and the girls had very skimpy clothes on for such cold weather. Back to our accommodation and relaxed for the evening.
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  • Day13

    UK day 10- To York

    February 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Regrettably we left Stone Cottage and headed off to York. A last look at Glenridding and we had a Lakeland icecream because Aaron says it is the best. It was very nice and we got some strange looks as it was only 2 degrees!! Off we went travelling through the Yorkshire Dales, quite beautiful and remote looking. Stunning paddocks and most magnificent stone fences covering many miles. We stopped at Grassington a lovely town in the Dales and had a walk around, quite cold. On we went and drove through Harrogate, a beautiful city with lovely stone houses very pretty. We finally made it to York and got to our accommodation which is a refurbished apartment in a big building that was once a county hospital.Read more

  • Day12

    UK day 9- Stone Cottage, Lakes District

    February 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Another beautiful day here in the Lakes Disrict. After breakfast Geoff and I set out on a walk to Brotherswater. More stunning scenery and many photos to be taken. We went through Hartsop and then along the walk by Brotherswater, very nice indeed. Through a sheep paddock and a campground to the Brotherswater Inn where we had a hot chocolate and enjoyed the view. Back on a track on the other side of the Water heading back to Deepdale where stone cottage is. Just made it back in time to join the others heading into Glenridding to have some lunch at Inn on the Lake. Great food and another stunning view of Ullswater. After lunch the girls, Mary, Jan and I went to Windermere and Ambleside for a bit of a look around the shops. Back to the cottage for another evening around the log fire.Read more

  • Day11

    UK day 8- Lakes Disrict- Beatrix Potter

    February 21, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    A lovely drive through the Lakes District over the pass and into Bowness on Windermere, had some morning tea and a walk around the shops. We caught a ferry over lake Windermere to Near Sawrey where Beatrix Potter lived. A walk around the village and noted many things that inspired drawings and stories in her books. We looked in the house and her garden.
    We drove to Grasmere and had some lunch and a walk around, bought some gingerbread unique to this part of the world. Back to the cottage for a lovely night sitting around the log fire.
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  • Day10

    UK day 7- Lakes District- Stone Cottage

    February 20, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Beautiful morning watching some rabbits in the back garden, sooo cute. Had a lovely bacon and eggs breakfast. Geoff and I set off for a walk through some fields and at the base of the hill, past some beautiful cottages. There was one group of cottages called Crookabeck. A lot of these cottages are actually self catering B&B's. We arrived in Patterdale, which had a pub and a post office and shop. We continued on to Glenridding which is a bigger village at the bottom of lake Ullswater. On the walk back to Stone Cottage we ran into Aaron who was walking to Glenridding. Back to the cottage where Jan and Mary had just returned from a walk. We waited for Aaron then went for a drive around Ullswater lake to Pooley Bridge and had a coffee and a walk around. Another quiet evening after a beautiful sunny but cold day at the Lakes.Read more