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  • Day21

    Tassie Devils found in Manchester ...

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    "Straight up this road then take the turn off to Carlisle and that will take you all the way to Manchester", said John as we were leaving his house after a most enjoyable stay. He was right, no problems and we were on the M6 to Manchester. A great drive, easy 130kph, (just keeping up with traffic) on 6 and sometimes 8 lane motorway. Even had time to call Bill, Isabel and Andy along the way.

    Mary's navigation skills came to the fore at the roundabouts around Manchester, some very complicated manoeuvres - but we made it to the Hotel without a miss - well done Mary.

    One of the highlights of this trip was to catch up again with relatives - Carl whose grandfather was my grandfathers brother and to meet up with Mandy and Lorraine, Carl's daughters, and their families.

    After settling into the hotel we met, Carl, Lorraine, Andy and Nathan who took us on a sightseeing tour of the local area. We went for a walk through the Tandle Hill Country Park in Royton. It consists of approximately 110 acres, a combination of beech woodland and open grassland. On top of the hill you have a brilliant view of Manchester - but just down at the bottom of the hill you can see the Tandem Hill Tavern ...

    We had to drop in for a drink or two - I tried the "bumpy lane" - not bad. After that Carl invited us back to his house for coffee and to see his brilliant record collection. Very comforting to know that relatives enjoy their music as much as Mary and I do.

    We finished the day with a family dinner [curry] at a local restaurant and then back to the hotel. Like our last stay here, there was a wedding party in full progress but Mary & I were so tired - the noise hardly mattered.

    A quiet day is planned for tomorrow- Mary is keen to do some washing, me - I will re-pack my suitcase and find out which clothes I have with me that I haven't used as yet!!

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  • Day22

    The dark side of a long holiday ...

    August 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Sunday, a day of rest, and we have a full day in Manchester to recharge our batteries, and the iPhone and the iPad and the Mac book and the camera, the list goes on. Also, Mary is still sore from her fall in Stockholm, I think she may have cracked a rib - I'll do my bit by trying not to make her laugh.

    Its a beautiful bright and sunny day in Manchester. I look to Mary to see what mischief we can get up to today when she says - "I need to do some washing". No problem, I'll find a laundrette, shove the clothes into a washing machine then the tumble drier - easy. Not so I find out.

    We started the day with a walk along the canal - a pleasant walk - could do with a cleanup, but we enjoyed ourselves. We found a laundrette, then I found a pub "The Boat and Horses" - nice place for lunch - very popular. I was amazed at how much potato & vegetable & Yorkshire pudding people could put on their plates when they ordered a half roast chicken !!!

    Back to the hotel for a rest after another walk around the nearby houses then it was off to the laundrette armed with £1 and 20p coins. Now people assume you know how to work these machines - we don't. Bought the soap, put it in the machine, throw in some clothes, select a wash that we think maybe right, close the lid and wait 40 minutes to see what happens.

    Okay, so we open the lid, clothes are still very wet and some have soap marks and grit lines in them ... there's no way Mary is going to use the dryers. Home we go to have a makeshift clothes line in our room - Mary is worried that management might throw us out - they didn't.

    In all a restful and peaceful day, and a happy Mary with a suitcase full of clean clothes. Being away for a long holiday means you have to do some washing sometime and it can be a real test of your ingenuity.

    Tomorrow, more of Manchester, visiting cemeteries and a family dinner to complete our visit here.

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  • Day23

    The Danes of Manchester

    August 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    While my Grandfather, his second wife, his brother [Uncle Puff], two sons and his nephew left India in 1947 [at the partition of India] and moved to Australia, another brother [Charles Edgar] eventually went to England and in his later years settled in Manchester. My grandfather and his family were probably more British than the British, and India at that time was not the place to be.

    Carl Dane, his two daughters, Lorraine and Amanda and son Carl are now the Danes of Manchester and I couldn't come to England and not visit them - a beautiful and loving family.

    We started the day with a trip to the City of Manchester. Not a long drive from our hotel in Oldham - around 25 minutes. Manchester is a real mix of buildings and spaces, some very old, some very new, some run down and some very smart. On our quick visit to the city we didn't get a good feel for the place - but you can't do everything.

    In the afternoon we visited the grave site of Marie Dane [2011] as well Charles [1970] and Jane Dane [1971].

    Time for a farewell to the Danes and of course we all got together in a Curry Restaurant thanks to Carl Dane. A great night and fond memories.

    Tomorrow we are off to Birmingham - only a 2 hour drive down the road.

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    Rod Taylor

    I hope you've been to see 'Viceroy's House' at the movies Peter. A fascinating insight into the India at the time of the partition. I'm sure you probably have. Great movie.

  • Day24


    September 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 21
    Arrived at Manchester Airport and thought “wouldn’t it be funny if we saw somebody we knew” and then heard “isn’t that Johnny?” as we exited customs only to turn round to see his cousin Susan and her husband Anthony 😳.

    Also by chance I learnt my cousin Julie and her husband Tony were in the country for a few days from South Africa, and so with all the planets aligned the three cousins (Julie, my sister and myself) were all in the Northern hemisphere at the same time and able to catch up for a quick drink at the evening family gathering. Fate doing its thing 😊

    We had the most amazing time catching up with family we had not seen for a very long time, and one not even born when we had left, at Cross Keys in Uppermill, with Kalebh and Jordyn who had flown in the day before. Some hadn’t changed a bit and others almost unrecognisable. It was so lovely to see Kalebh getting on so well with his cousins. Johnny enjoyed a pint ( or several) and I was introduced to Gin.
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  • Day25


    September 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 22
    So our new home for our UK stay is THE MOST beautiful stone cottage in THE MOST beautiful location set amongst rolling hills with babbling brooks and sheep and cows leaning over the fence line and a resident pooch called Spike. And best of all, this luxury 5* accomodation hasn’t cost a penny - thanks Hayley and Simon for your hospitality and Summer for your bed 😘. Oh and our car - a MASSIVE Landrover Freelander which I am NOT looking forward to driving down the narrow lanes - and if I come across a car coming in the other direction I am just going to look petrified in the hope they will do the reversing.

    After a meaner down the country lanes I headed into Manchester for a catch up with my school friends and Johnny went for a much anticipated run on the Pennine Way which was “bloody fantastic” and then caught up with his family for Sunday Lunch.

    Tonight’s gin tasting session was home made sloe gin with apple and cinnamon.
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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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

You might also know this place by the following names:

Borough of Oldham, Oldham, OLD