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  • Day140

    Christmas Markets and Art Galleries

    November 18, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Spent the afternoon in Manchester with K and Sonia having lunch, looking through the Christmas Markets at Albert Square, outside the Manchester Town Hall and then revisiting Manchester Art Gallery.
    Due to the fact we didn’t get a chance to see the collections on Sat, K and I spent a couple of hours perusing the Lowry and Valette works of art amongst many other collections.
    The gallery has really set up well for reducing barriers to access for all people. We really enjoyed the Feminist Revision of each gallery’s explanation from a female point of view
    https://m.imgur.com/gallery/Q9jA4ud
    After retrieving Sonia’s camera from the pub next door it was home for dinner.... not before a couple more beers in Chorlton Green at The Beech Inn for Dave Deans bday and a chance to re catch up with how great the wedding was!
    https://whatpub.com/pubs/TRA/3765/beech-inn-chorlton-cum-hardy
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  • Day143

    Harlech to Betws-y- Coed

    November 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    After freezing at Barmouth we enjoyed the 30 min drive north up the West Welsh coast to the beautiful little town of Harlech and it’s central castle.
    We didn’t actually go into the castle due to the failing light (at 2.30pm!!!) and the cost of $15 each!
    However we enjoyed the outside and the view of the valley.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlech_Castle

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlech

    Back in the car it was a beautiful drive through Snowdonia National Park to our destination of Betws-y-coed- lots of low stone walls, road side rivers, winter trees and beautiful light.
    Tonight we are staying v rurally on Mae’s Madog Cottages where we have cooked our dinner and opened the complimentary bottle of bubbly!!
    Tmrw it’s a walk in Snowdonia NP but it won’t be up Snowdon itself as there is sleet and snow forecast and a summit temp of -8degs!

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betws-y-Coed

    http://www.snowdoniacottages.net/
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  • Day159

    Christmas “tree” and a Santa Ride

    December 7, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Alfie enjoyed his sleepover with us last night and this am we all packed into the back seat of Pete’s car at 8am.
    We spent a v pleasant morning purchasing Christmas decorations for our Xmas “tree”.
    Getting home, Alfie was taught how to make Scrambled egg for lunch- his first cooking lesson (yep he is nearly 14yrs old!!) which turned out surprisingly well.
    After lunch Alfie and I decorated the “tree” in a slightly unusual fashion, as it was quite hard to decorate- well that’s our defence and we r sticking with it!
    This afternoon it’s was a trip to St Austell where we were unexpectedly treated to about 50 motorcycling Santa’s (and a grinch!) in a huge Santa run, revving their bikes through the centre of town.
    Tonight Alfie decided to stay for dinner and sleep over again so we are now waiting fo the second to last episode of I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here!!
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  • Day161

    Pendennis Point walk and my first pasty

    December 9, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Despite a storm last night and a terrible forecast we woke to Lovely weather.
    It was a good day for another walk around Pendennis Point, past Castle Beach and the historic Falmouth Hotel before landing at the Gyllyngvase Beach cafe for a morning coffee and the paper.
    Walking back into town we detoured through the historic Arwenack Avenue which runs parallel to Arwenack Street - info below.

    Next stop was Choaks pasty shop- I have been home a week and haven’t had one so today was a huge treat... and Omg it was so good.... the perfect temperature and the best pasty..... it was gone before I got to our front door 3 mins walk away!!!

    This evening we cooked a meal for Pete, mum and Jake and still I can’t make my apple crumble taste like my mums... but I did have lashings of clotted cream!!!

    https://www.falmouth.co.uk/discover-falmouth/falmouth-areas/arwenack-street/
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  • Day57

    Brighton Pier

    August 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Brighton im August ist wie Schottland Ende September! Wir haben uns kurzerhand ins ehrwürdige Royal Albion Hotel am Brighton Pier, bzw. in den Pub daneben, einquartiert.
    Gerne erinnere ich mich an den ersten Meeresmaler Besuch hier in 2014, das war damals auch eher schattig:
    Meeresmaler unterwegs, Folge9:
    https://youtu.be/rj1CeA_3xx4

    Brighton in August is like Scotland at the end of September! We have accommodated ourselves in the venerable Royal Albion Hotel at the Brighton Pier or in the pub next to it.
    I like to remember the first sea painter's visit here in 2014, which was also rather shady at that time:
    Sea painter on the way, episode 9:
    https://youtu.be/rj1CeA_3xx4
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  • Day49

    I love Cornish Pasties and Gorran Haven

    August 19, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We had a morning printing off our Trans Siberian Train tickets which was exciting... but not as exciting as having my first Cornish pasty!!!
    Mum and Pete drove us to a little Cornish seaside village of Gorran Haven for a coffee.
    This evening had a lovely catch up with my 2 nieces and nephew- sadly didn’t get a photo but was so lovely seeing them.Read more

  • Day138

    Sonia and Jude's Wedding- Manchester

    November 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    What a fabulous day??!!! Busy morning pottering around whilst the girls were having hair and make up before pre wedding bubbly at The Font in Chorlton.
    After getting out of the black cab and into the white one sent, off we went with the brides and Catrin to prepare for the ceremony at Manchester Art Gallery.
    Soon we were setting up amongst the Lowry art works as Kate was playing the pre ceremony playlist to the v early guests.
    The girls were stunning and the ceremony which included 4 fabulous ( 2 not so traditional) readings resulted in hardly a dry eye in the place.
    Next it was off to the pre- raphaelite Gallery for bubbly and canapés which was the first chance to catch up with long lost friends.
    6.30pm saw us head to the Britain’s Protection pub where blisters were compared and cabs ordered for a journey that took longer to drive than to walk!
    The evening do at Manchester science and industry museum was out of this world with games, photo booth, dancing and lots of frolicking and laughter.
    This finished at 1am but Bride 1 insisted on more drinks in Canal Street so off we went to Churchill’s emerging ( some reluctantly) at 2.30am.
    Off to bed at 3am but not before Sonia mistook a cork for some toast !!! Amazing day and most future happiness to the girls.
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  • Day2

    Sleepwalking through London

    December 15, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    We’d arrived! 26hrs later and 6am on the dot. London Baby!
    Gatwick airport was very quite on a brisk early Sunday morning. Our tired, red-eyed faces were graced with the fresh, brisk air of London’s winter as we downed our long desired coffees and set on off to navigate the intrinsic railway network of London.
    We managed to make the 40 minute express train ride into London Victoria station without any qualms. Passing all the quaint terraces homes and small towns outside London
    We purchases our unlimited underground railway passes for the week’s adventures and after taking several wrong turns with our massive winter packed suitcase in tow, we finally managed to find our way to the correct train, next stop; Earl’s Court, our home for the next 7 days.

    Earl’s Court is a stunning suburb just south of Kensington, full of incredible old terrace mansions, now operating as various hotels and bed & breakfasts. From the moment we walked out of the station we were taken in by this place. As we lugged our monster suitcases to a little luggage storage place near our Airbnb, we couldn’t wait to get out and explore this place. We had a few hours to kill before our little apartment was ready so with excited/quite exhausted spirits we set off on foot towards Hyde park.

    After dreading the prior weather forecast of rain, London really turned it on for us with sunshine and clear skies. We strolled through the surprisingly massive Hyde park, from one end to the other. What better way to stretch out the legs after more than 24 hours of travelling.
    We were taken away by the beauty of Hyde park. Even in Winter with it’s bare trees it was quite stunning. We managed the lengthy walk to the other side where we discovered London’s Winter Wonderland. This picturesque winter show was something to behold. Smells of delicious BBQ mixed with fresh cinnamon donuts assaulted our noses as we wandered the many stores serving up delicious food & drinks. We started off with a steaming hot cup of spiced mulled wine which warmed your entire body before moving on to shishkebabs, German sausages and hot Nutella crepes. We mossed on out of the wonderland going against the crowds and crowds of people heading in for their Sunday afternoon. With our Airbnb still not quite ready we set of to tick more major tourist hotspots. This one was a big one, Buckingham Palace.

    We weren’t really expecting to head here on day 1, tired and sleep walking, but we were in the area so why not?
    Buckingham palace is one of those places we thought we’d seen lot of after binging the entire 3rd season of The Crown, but it’s sheer size when you actually walk up to it’s front gate is pretty impressive. Jo was in her element! We snapped the essential photos, waved to Lizzy and kept moving, we were craving a bit of horizontal time.
    Our Airbnb still wasn’t quite ready so it was to the classic English pub down a cobble stone side ally while we waited. Rested and refreshed we picked up our massive bags and headed to our apartment for hot showers and a chillout.
    The time difference was catching up to us and with sunset at 4:00pm it wasn’t long before we started falling like flies for bed. We were all in bed by 6:30pm an that was it. A great sunny start to our London leg of the trip!

    Asher ☺️
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  • Day157

    New glasses and not much else!

    December 5, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    These posts are getting so dire I’m sorry.
    I’m sure no- one really wants to hear about me picking up some new glasses because ive gone a different type of blind on this trip, nor about a visit to the GP because of my cluster migraines!
    After this K and I did have a lovely walk right along the seafront and around Pendennis castle.
    We met up with my newphew Reece for coffee and then had dinner at mums with my second eldest nephew Blake.
    Tmrw may be a fraction more exciting as we r off to Marazion to meet up with Kate Butcher , a friend from the Stanley Hotel, Port Moresby!!
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  • Day51

    Roseudgeon and Porthtowan with Alfie

    August 21, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Beautiful summer day in Cornwall today saw us spend the morning at Roseudgeon with Kate getting more cornish cultural lessons!
    In the afternoon we drove to one of my fave places - Porthtowan.
    Had a pizza in the restaurant right on the beach and Alfie and I went exploring the local caves at low tide.
    Dinner at my sisters resulted in my niece being sick- I don’t think 30 mins of a vigorous gymnastic “show” after spag bol, chocolate trifle, lemon cheesecake and coke was a great idea!!!
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