United Kingdom
Bromsgrove District

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  • Day50


    May 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    When traveling for nearly two months it's always difficult to choose one event or destination as a favorite.

    After all, we've been to so many beautiful, historic and storied places, had fabulous meals, reconnected with old friends and tasted wonderful wines.

    Who would have imagined that one of my highlights of this journey would have started in the little English hamlet of Bromsgrove?

    Yesterday we arrived here and immediately made our way to meet with my 94 year old Aunt Roma, who, the last time I saw her was half that age! As soon as we walked into the room where she was waiting, even Brenda, who had never met her before, picked her out of the crowd. The family resemblance to my sister, Dena, and my late mother is uncanny. My Mum left us much too young and Roma gave me a glimpse of what Mum would have been like had she lived to a ripe old age. Roma is spry, witty and charming and recounted many tales from her youth about my Mum. It was a wonderful visit.

    My cousin Phil and his wife Pauline then arrived to drive us all to Worcestershire where we had lunch at cousin Richard and his wife, Jude's home along with my cousin Trevor, his wife, Claire and their two children.

    Jude went above and beyond to meet our vegan and gluten free dietary requirements with an awesome choice of vegetables, potatoes, rice, vegan chili and even homemade gluten-free pie and vegan meringues accompanied by mountains of fresh berries. Everything was amazing!

    Dinner conversation was lively and included a video chat with my sister Dena and her husband, Ed.

    When all was said and done, we all vowed that we wouldn't wait another 47 years to get together again.

    What a wonderful day!
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  • Day24

    Time to stay at a real B&B

    August 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Time to say goodbye to Manchester and head down to Birmingham. We checkout late 11:35 then spent an hour in the lounge working on diaries. The drive to Birmingham is pretty straight forward, although on very busy roads - but still should only take about 2 hours.

    There are too many cars on UK roads, especially the M56 and M6. We saw our first car accident - hope no-one was badly hurt - but police and ambulances came from everywhere. Adding to the congestion, they are digging up the old concrete and relaying large sections of the M6. So again a bumper to bumper trip - with Mary's help we didn't miss a turn off. We have named the inbuilt SatNav in the car "Isabel" and my windscreen SatNav "Andrea" - so I have three of them telling me what to do - can't go wrong!

    We arrived at the B&B Woodlands - and it is just what we were hoping for. Met the owner, he was working in the garden and he told us about the walks around his three lakes on the property and the walks to the nearest pub and local villages along the canal.

    Off for a walk - he is proud that he has stocked his lakes with carp - think he should try Trout. We went down some country walking lanes to the local pub - a "pub in a paddock" type of thing. The canal boats look great but were too expensive for just Mary and I - you really need 4 or 6 per people boat.

    After our walk [about 6km's] we drove down to Alevchurch and posted our post cards - hope they reach home before we do. Had dinner at the Victoria Hotel - I had pizza - bad decision ... she said most Australians had fish and chips - I wanted a change - should have just stuck to the beer.

    Tomorrow we head down to the south coast of England - not sure where we are staying - but it should be more fun and adventure.

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  • Day36


    September 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Bit of a delay this morning.

    Problems with Vodafone. Yes, we know everyone will be surprised but we obviously had that one in a million issue.

    The 30 day top up we were assured in one county store obviously doesnt work in another.
    No worries there’s another sort of on the way and only 15 mins away in Redditch.
    Off we go and even find parking and the right shopping centre. They are closed due to staff illness and will open eventually.
    No worries there’s another sort of on the way and only 15 mins away in Bromsgrove.
    Someone there. Half a success. All fixed with a muttered “F’n hell what did the sell you.”
    Have now had our fill of English High Streets. They are the home of charity shops, the new face of retailing in Britain. Counted six in Broomsgrove alone.
    Make SVdP look like pikers.

    Back on the air and away we go.
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  • Day1

    Day 1 - Bit later starting than planned

    May 22, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were due to be picked up at 8:20 but the taxi did not arrived until gone 9. Unfortunately the driver started out late due to a flat battery so got caught in the rush hour traffic.

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