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  • Day255

    Home safely

    May 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After a marathon journey of 9,180 miles, from Perth via Dubai, we arrived home safely yesterday afternoon. Although it wasn't really the journey we wanted to be making, given that it marked the end of our Big Adventure, it was happily both safe and uneventful. After travelling over 9,000 miles without asking, thankfully Solana only started asking "are we nearly there yet" in the last 30 or so miles, whilst we were in the taxi home from Manchester airport! We arrived home around 2pm, to some lovely surprises - including "welcome home" balloons & banners, flowers, cards, presents, groceries, homemade biscuits and a home-cooked meal awaiting us in the fridge (our first meal home was veggie sausage and bean stew and it was delicious). Thank you so much to Jayne, Anne, Nicola & boys, Gemma & Joe for being so thoughtful and for making our homecoming less disheartening - much appreciated. We arrived home with more luggage than we left with (and will confess that a proportion of this was made from Aussie grapes!). Solana was delighted to be reunited with her toys, especially her Annabel doll, barking dog toy, penguin soft toys and Playmobil. Laura and I were equally delighted to be reunited with our Yorkshire tea bags and enjoyed our first cuppa whilst reading some of our mail. We then all went out for a walk to Shibden Park, to get some fresh air and sunlight in the hope of reducing the jet lag. We were happy to see that the bluebells are still out and there are tadpoles in the pond - Spring is a good season to come home to. We also couldn't resist photographing some of the wildlife - not as exotic as our wildlife posts over the past 4 months but lovely to see familiar animals all the same.

    We now have a few days to recover from the jet lag and get our house and our brains in order before returning to work next week. Solana got up at 3:20am this morning, wide awake and desperate to play with her toys, so we fear that 3 days may not be enough time for jet lag recovery! We want to thank everyone who has helped to make our Big Adventure possible - especially Marcus, Lucianne, Rachel and our other friends and colleagues at work who have permitted our absence, held the forts and ensured we have jobs to come back to; Solana's nursery who have kept in touch and are welcoming her back with open arms; Nic & Paul, Gemma & Joe, Jayne and our neighbours Yvonne and Paul who have looked after our house; Anne who travelled with us through Costa Rica; our families who have all kept us regularly updated with life at home in our absence; June & Dave, Gary & Belle and Sandy & Mo who shared their beautiful homes and hospitality with us during our trip; James & Lou who it was great to travel with again for a few days; and a big thank you to all of you who have read our blog and kept in touch via your comments and messages whilst we were so far from home. We look forward to seeing you all over the coming weeks and months and catching up (and maybe even boring some of you with more of our photos!), starting with some of my family over the next few days. We're particularly looking forward to visiting Laura's family up in Troon next weekend, given everything that has happened up there whilst we've been away, but sadly it will not be the same without her Dad, Barrie, being there...

    All good things must come to an end and we are very lucky and grateful to have had such an amazing 4 months and created many memories (and thousands of photos!) to last a lifetime.... Solana has been a little star and has actually enjoyed sleeping in around 80 different rooms/beds over the past 4 months and seeing all the different things we've seen; hopefully there will be plenty more (albeit mostly shorter!) family trips to come. Now to start thinking about a new adventure to look forward to!...
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  • Day129

    No work for 4 months!

    January 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    We enjoyed the cold crisp Winter weather today, before our imminent journey to the Tropics. Me and Solana went for a walk in the park, where we enjoyed making snow angels and breaking ice with sticks.
    We've all now finished work/nursery for 4 months - having a bottle of Champagne to celebrate tonight!

  • Day35

    In family footsteps...

    May 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    All my days I've heard of these people. Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Iris... Now we share meal, lounge, heart.
    All my days I've heard of these place names: Bradford, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, the Moors. Now they rise and fall before me, literally up hill and down dale.
    We have visited birthplaces for parents and family, playsites of children now past, gravesides of young and old.
    It's very full of heartfelt wandering and wondering.

    We stayed at a small campsite beside the Cock O The North pub. We ended up staying a whole week here as we gently recovered from all the frenzy of Europe. Jimmy drove us to see lots of family sites. We also hired a car for three days to see Haworth and York and revisit Hebden Bridge.
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  • Day39

    Making Yorkshire + Yorkshire making me

    May 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    How to make a Yorkshire city. Take Melbourne's Hawthorn with all its narrow wriggly streets and dense housing. Put it on top of Mt Dandenong. Add all 'Footascrays' factories down below. Leave it all out in the rain for 400 years. It's green and sandstone and chimneys and shopfronts all around.
    The countryside though, well that's entirely God's sweeping hand, lightly decorated by our ancient stonewall fences and some bemused sheep.

    Yorkshire making me: that's God's particular way in my story, in the forming and loving that flowed to me through many generations of Yorkshire folk. Here both my mum and dad learned simplicity, generosity, and striving. From here dad and five of his eight siblings stretched their wings globally through action in WW2 . That ultimately led to emigrating to Australia, which led to me.
    Here mum and dad also learned faith in God's vast grace. That gift continues now as well.

    I do so wish I could tell mum and dad what I'm doing and seeing and feeling. That opportunity has passed, as now they have both died. Yet for now I can still share with my dad's brother and mum's sister. The looks and mannerisms and values have all prevailed across the decades. I can still sense this distinctive Yorkshire life in them as we listen laugh and wander. And I sense this Yorkshire life in me, making me still.
    Thanks mum. Thanks dad. Thanks God.
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  • Day98

    Solana's birthday celebrations

    December 13, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    We celebrated Solana's 4th birthday at the weekend. She knows that we are going on our "Big Adventure" when she is 4, so not long now - we fly out 5 weeks today!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Calderdale, CLD, Колдърдейл, کلڈرڈیل

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