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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!

  • Day12

    This Battered Suitcase

    August 7 in the United Kingdom

    This morning is sad to be saying goodbye to Rippendon and travelling down to Bristol to see Ann and Peter. Chris and Katie were up early as Chris is taking us to Stockport to catch the train. Katie gave us the biggest hug,I will miss them. We were quite early at the station so we purchased a coffe and ate our pork rolls we had made. Michael cooked a piece of pork yesterday with the best crackling ever. The pork now tastes a bit dry and uninteresting. Anyway back to the journey, it was straightforward no hassles and before we knew it we were being picked up by Peter in Bristol Parkway.

    Ann was at the gym when we arrived but as it was a lovely afternoon we sat outside and caught up on all our news. Ann arrived home,showered and poured us all a G&T to start our visit off as we mean to go on. Michael and Ann prepared dinner a delicious whole trout cooked on the BBQ with lemon and herbs. It was cooked to perfection. In the evening the chocolate came out and we relaxed in front of the tv. A great end to a busy day. Goodnight dairy.
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  • Day13

    Take it Easy

    August 8 in the United Kingdom

    We are having a day I. Bristol today as we are going to the Hippodrome tonight to watch the musical SHREK. We are doing the Harbourside walk today to take in the estuary and the boats and old marine buildings. We stopped for lunch at one of the restaurants and ordered two sharing boards with delicious dips and a hot cheesy dip. We ate far too much as it was so scrumptious. Ann and I celebrated our day out with a glass of Proseco. Why not ? We are on holiday. The walk was very interesting and took in a great deal of Bristol’s history. I also managed to catch a few Wallace and Grommets on the way. By the time it was time for dinner nobody was really hungry so we ordered another sharing plate. This consisted of a ploughman’s and nachos. Michael had started to feel queasy by this time as he had eaten too much bread and cheeses.

    We headed off to the Hippodrome and had a drink in the bar before the start of the show. I felt sorry for Michael as he is quite tall and the seats in the theatre did not have enough room for his legs. So with his tummy cramping and his legs cramping it was not a good evening. Michael spent the second half of the show standing up at the back. The journey home was critiquing the show which we all agreed was not up our street. It was great for kids and more like a pantomime than a show for both adults and children. Plus the songs were not memorable and the story was too close to the film so no surprises. But I am glad I have seen the show. We all disappeared to bed as soon as we got nome, it was a busy busy day.
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  • Day15

    Running Down A Dream

    August 10 in the United Kingdom

    What could be better than a day at the seaside. It was touch and go in the morning as the weather was inclement. But we decided that it was not going to stop us so we headed off to Barrow one of the nearest beaches to Bristol. It was quite an eye opener as when we arrived at the beach the tide was out. When I say out , you could not see any sea at all. It was on the horizon. Barrow is interesting as it has an old wooden wreck on the beach which can only be viewed when the tide is out so I was happy to be able to take photos of the wreck. As we could not find a decent place to have a coffee we set off for Weston Super Mare.

    I laughed when we arrived as the tide was out here too but you could see that it was on the turn and starting to roll back to shore. We were lucky as Weston had their annual sand sculptures on show which we all wanted to see so we spent a happy hour strolling around admiring the workmanship. The theme this year was Barnum and Bailey. So all the structures were circus themed. The nice thing about lunch today was we had a traditional fish and chip lunch with mushy peas. You cannot spend a day at the beach without having fish and chips and an ice cream in a cone. It was great.

    I have really enjoyed our day out. In the evening we had a smorgesboard of cheeses,onions,pickles and fruit. Then a night of relaxation. Another perfect day. Goodnight diary.

    Weston-super-Mare is a seaside town in Somerset, England, on the Bristol Channel 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol between Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population at the 2011 census was 76,143.

    Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. A regeneration programme is being undertaken with attractions including the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, Grand Pier and an aquarium. The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Cultural venues include The Playhouse, the Winter Gardens and Blakehay Theatre.

    Partly owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the seafront. Although the beach itself is sandy, low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud.[5][6][7] These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in and are crossed by the mouth of the River Axe. Just to the north of the town is Sand Point which marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel. It is also the site of the Middle Hope biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.
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  • Day15

    Mustang Sally

    August 10 in the United Kingdom

    Ann is at the gym,Peter is out on business,Jos is off carting. Michael and I are home doing our journals and playing words with friends. Our lunch is already sitting on the cupboard ready for our healthy fruit and muesli lunch. This afternoon we are going to view the new house and this evening we are catching up with the Grouts for dinner. The weather has broken today and it is raining. It looks like it is clearing up so hopefully by this afternoon it will be sunshine and warm again. We are having a quiet day today as Peter and Ann have quite a bit to do regarding their new house. So we are catching up on diaries and having a rest.

    This afternoon we were taken to see Ann and Peters new home. It is brand new, never been lived in and in a more central spot of Winterbourne. It is a lovely, well presented home and I can see Ann putting her mark on it and being very happy there. It was good of the. To show us as we are the first to cross the threshold.

    What did we do on our last night in Bristol? We ate drank and were very merry. Peter and Ann took us out to dinner at The White Hart a pub restaurant walking distance from their home. I was very good and only had one G&T as wine gives me reflux. The meal was excellent and the company first class. It was a fitting end to our time with the Lockett’s. It was also great to catch up with the Grouts and Josh their son whom I met in Xabia.

    At ren thirty I gave up and went to bed. Tomorrow it’s London. Xxxxxgoodnight diary.
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  • Day16

    Shut Up and Drive

    August 11 in the United Kingdom

    It’s time to leave the Lockett’s and head to London for our four day whirlwind tour. Ann has gone to the gym for her daily dose of exercise. Ann is a gym junkie of the highest order. There is one day of the week she doesn’t go to the gym,but she has a walking machine at home that she makes up her steps on. The home in Stone Lane is open for inspection today so we have to vacate and go and have a coffee at ten. Luckily there is a cafe within walking distance. The house is clean,tidy and ready for inspection. Our bags are packed and we are ready for our next train journey to London Paddington. We will meet up with Tabby, Ollie, and Audrey for our next adventure.

    Ann dropped us off at Bristol Parkway and off we went,happy to be on our next adventure. We arrived at London Paddington at 12.30, purchased an Oyster card and set off on The Hammersmith line to Kings cross. The number 91 bus was right out side the station so by 3.30pm we had landed in Crouch End. After twenty minutes of trying to find number 71 Miguel phoned Tabby and we realised we were only two months mutes from the apartment. We are now safely in the apartment,relaxing and waiting for Tabbys friends Tracey and Lisa to visit.
    As the kids hadn’t eaten Miguel and I took the kids to the pub next door. A lovely pub called the Railway, and left The girls to catch up on their memories. By ten thirty I was knackered and went to bed. Goodnight diary.
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  • Day17

    One More Time

    August 12 in the United Kingdom

    Ok London here we come. The 91 bus to Trafalgar Square and then a long walk down The Mall to Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guard. We were too late to see the actual changing of the guards but we saw them marching back to their barracks which was colourful. We met up with Tabbys friend Nikki and her daughter Florence which was both good and bad as it made it awkward. We now had to deal with seven of us. It worked out ok as we all headed to the Science museum. Ollie loved it. Tabby and the girls went off to do their own thing. We visited the Victoria and Albert museum and after Nikki and Florence left to visit the butterfly collection in the Natural history museum we headed off to the embankment on the tube.

    It was quite a drizzly day and although we wanted to ride the London eye but it was impossible because the queues as always in London were far too long. The kids settled for a ride on a carousel. Along the walk to the embankment I noticed that there were quite a few things that the kids would be interested in like Shreks kingdom,the water world and the London dungeon. We didn’t have time today but maybe Tuesday. Big Ben was almost unrecognisable as the whole structure is covered in scaffolding and black protective mesh. But the Houses of Parliament were as grand as ever. Walking back to Trafalgar Square we called into a pub for lunch but as the wait was so long we just had a drink. In Trafalgar Square there was a protest by crowds of Punjabi Indians. The punjabis want to break away from India as they are being exploited. They seem to be a nice race of people. Miguel started to talk to a coup,e of the men and they were very polite. We caught the 91 home and went straight to the pub for a roast dinner. Tabby had the beef and Miguel and I had the pork. It was delicious. Arriving home we all agreed we were tied so it goodnight diary.
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Calderdale, CLD, Колдърдейл, کلڈرڈیل

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