Our Adventure b4 Dementia Europe bound trip 2018 A whirl wind trip to 7 countries: Croatia, Bosnia, Italy incl San Marino and Vatican City, England and Wales.
  • Day37

    Turned left instead of right.....

    October 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 22 °C

    Day 33/34
    Eventually arrived home after 24 hrs traveling and 5 weeks away.

    The journey back started Thursday morning (UK time)- woke feeling dreadful: full of a cold, sinusitis, temp- definitely NOT looking forward to a long haul flight feeling like that😳.

    Said a sad sad goodbye to Saddleworth and our family. Very sad to be leaving but knowing it was time to go home as I was finding myself slipping into Oldham speak 😳. Thank you Simon and Hayley for your amazing hospitality and for taking time out of your day to fight with the traffic to take us to the airport.

    So after traveling over 1000kms what are our memories of England: a mish mash of motorways criss crossing the country, very narrow roads and laneways, parking in either direction on the road, football madness, awesome country pubs, milkman who deliver milk in bottles to the door and of course fantastic times with friends and family.

    After dosed myself up with drugs at Boots we settled into Singapore Airline’s lounge with a glass of pink champagne and bowl of crunchy nut cornflakes 😜 waiting for the first leg of our flight.

    On boarding we turned left instead of right and was shown to a little pod that was to be home for the next 14 hrs: jacket taken and hung up, huge leather seat (which opened into a bed), full sized cushion and more storage space than I knew what to do with. Settled in, legs stretched out, glass of champagne in hand, waiting to take off thinking this might just make flying whilst unwell bearable. Started the marathon movie session with a Singapore Sling -would be rude not to given we are flying into Singapore- and the noise cancelling earphone were awesome.

    Lunch on white linen table cloth with linen napkin, cutlery, crockery 😳- smoked salmon starter, roast chicken then hazelnut ice cream, with glass of bubbles.

    After dinner laid out the bed and settled down with pillow and dooner to finish the movie ‘in bed’.

    Breakfast of fresh fruit and crepes with coffee in a mug before landing. Never has a 14 hour flight passed so quickly.

    Arrived in Singapore Friday morning (local time), quick shower to freshen up and then relaxed in the lounge whilst waiting for the final leg of our journey.

    Business class on this leg of our journey took over the upper level and was not quite as personal or as posh, we were definitely spoilt during the first flight, but comfortable just the same and we finally arrived in Melbourne Fri night local time and with a great drive home tucked up in bed before midnight.

    It’s been an awesome 5 weeks and now to save for the next adventure.
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  • Day35

    Final Goodbyes

    October 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 13 °C

    Day 32
    Last full day
    Morning walk around Dovestones reservoir- where has all the water gone? 😳 Found Indians Head and then Celebration Wood which overlooks the water and where Johnny has decided his final resting place will be.

    Lunch with Mum, Dad and Pippa, and sad goodbyes until next time 😢

    After trying to squish everything back in the cases ready for our flights back to Australia in the morning, we decided to head to the Cross Keys Inn for dinner by the fire -we started the UK part of our trip at the Cross Keys so it seemed fitting to end our trip there.

    Ended the day feeling more than a little crappy with sinusitis and cold symptoms, so dosed myself up and headed to bed hoping to wake up feeling a bit better😷
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  • Day34

    Road trip through 3 counties

    October 3, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 31
    Road trip with Chris Evans through 3 counties: Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria, and the M61 car park, to the Lakes.

    Lunch at The Queens Head Hotel, Troutbeck- a haunt of ours from the past with its four poster bed bar- little bit posher than we remembered but it has had a complete restoration since a fire 4 years ago and only reopened earlier this year.

    Stop at Kirkstone Pass Inn- a 15th century inn 1489ft above sea level, Ambleside for afternoon tea of blueberry scone with jam and cream and a mooch around Bowness on Windermere. We even managed to find the little hotel that we honeymooned at 26 years ago.

    Returned to make dinner for Hayley and Simon and introduce them to chevapchichi.
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  • Day33

    Those skies!!

    October 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 13 °C

    Day 30
    Breakfast with the family then a pamper sesh with pedicure whilst Johnny went on ANOTHER run - a final skidaddle up to the Rams Head- cut a little short due to the weather 😢

    Couldn’t leave without a curry so caught up with Chris, Sally and Ellie for dinner and a lovely meal at their favourite Indian.Read more

  • Day32

    'in' with the country crowd

    October 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 10 °C

    Day 29
    'In’ with the country crowd at the pony club watching Hayley compete in her first show jumping comp with Cola, and they came 3rd 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    Attempted Dovestones but the car park was full of tourists going for a Sunday stroll 😳 - will have to try to give it another go before we leave.

    Walked into Uppermill with Johnny to spend the afternoon with my school friends Joanne and Rachel chatting over coffee and cake, whilst Johnny pub crawled it back home - found him a few hours later just a little tipsy still walking back up the lane 😜

    Spent the evening at The Diggle - dinner and drinks with Hayley and Simon and their friends.
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  • Day31

    Magical Reminiscence Tour

    September 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 28
    Started the day with a 6km run (walk) along the canal.

    Then set out on a magical reminiscence tour of our old haunts: through Uppermill, Grotton (popped in to say Hi to our lovely florists), Springhead, past Alts and Holts estates to Abbey Hills and Tate Street (our first home) through Glodwick, Lees and up to Austerlands and Brown Hill Drive (our last home), on to The Roebuck Inn for lunch, then through Scouthead and Lydgate with a stop at Greenfield to pop into Tesco’s (up and down the aisles pointing out all the things we remember but cannot get).

    Whilst at Brown Hill Drive we bumped into our old neighbours who updated us on the last 15 years- it was a lovely area but seeing it now has made us sad but very glad we left when we did 😢
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  • Day30


    September 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 27
    Today Kalebh and Jordyn left us for the next part of their adventure- I am sure they will have an awesome time relaxing in the sun from their pool access room and swim up bar in Thailand.

    Hayley and I took advantage of the beautiful day and walked into Uppermill via the canal for lunch and a mooch around the shops whilst Johnny went for yet another run this time on Marsden Moor.

    Finished the day with a lovely meal at Dinnerstones with Hayley and Simon- thank you so much for your generosity
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  • Day29

    Tata ash and dumplings

    September 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 26
    Johnny and Kalebh tried out the local barbers, then took Grandad to Etihad Stadium for the City Tour, and Nana went out with me for a lovely lunch at Albion Farm.

    Introduced Jordyn to ‘tata ash and dumplings - which must be eaten with a spoon, HP sauce, red cabbage and beetroot and the obligatory dumpling butty-dumpling squished on half slice of buttered white bread with HP sauce -don’t think she was overly impressed and less so with Kalebhs favourite Soreen malt loaf.Read more