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  • Day25

    Stratford Upon Avon, England

    September 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    An easy day of travel from Pencoed, Wales back to England to Stratford upon Avon. We tried to take the backroads to see a little more of the countryside but still the smaller roads are very busy with lots of trees on the road verges. We headed for some of the smaller towns and villages driving around the town centres to see the usual Church, Town clock, old pubs and ruins. Made for a lot of comedy of me trying to drive slow while Mim is trying to take snap shots between laughs. We did walk around Coventry where we saw Lady Godiva's statue and Spon Street that has had the buildings recreated from Medieval times.Read more

  • Day6

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    August 1 in the United Kingdom

    What can I say? Yesterday was a perfect day. The weather was warm and sunny as we set off to Coventry. What can I say about Coventry? It held no strong feelings for me either good or bad. It was not a city I felt enfolded me. Australia is my home and I appreciate it more than ever since visiting my home town. But saying that yesterday we saw the best of Coventry. Tabby,Ritchie, Tania, Ollie, Audrey and I went of a mystery tour of the city. We downloaded a package off the internet for the Coventry tour and off we went. We had a brilliant two hours looking for clues and solving riddles before ending up at the cathedral to crack the code. Tabby,s team won by default and we had lots of laughs on the way. Ollie and Audrey were starting to flag with all the walking so we stopped for lunch at Joes pub The Artisan for lunch. We had a snack lunch as we are going for out for curry tonight so need to save ourselves. Returning home I went to catch up on my iPad and the kids and Tabby painted with Tania,Sam, Ritchie and Jarrod. We are going to a Ghostly tree park this afternoon to hide the rocks.

    Coventry was devastated in WWII by German bomber planes,our beloved cathedral took a direct hit on 19/11/1940 at 8pm in the evening. The home guard worked valiantly to try to put the fires out but further bombing made it impossible to keep fighting the fire and the cathedral was mostly destroyed. Miraculously the wooden cross which was the centrepiece of the main alter. After the war the area was made into a sanctuary for tourists and a huge walkway and benches were erected for people to sit quietly and contemplate. Plus artists are often seen drawing the beautiful structure that remains like a ghostly reminder of its turbulent history. The area in front of the alter has a quiet eerie feel about it. The tour took us to Spon End,the Precinct,The Cathedral walks and the main shopping area. While Tabby went to buy an English chip for her phone and Tania went to collect her mums contact lenses I took the kids the kids on the roundabout which is in the main shopping centre. It cost £2 each for five minutes. Oh well we are on holiday.

    In the evening we walked to the Burnt Post for pre dinner drinks and then to the Orange Orchard Indian restaurant where we ate very spicy and tasty curries. The food was excellent. Audrey was so tired she fell asleep in her mums arms and Ritchie had to give Ollie a piggy back all the way home,as he was too tired to walk. We all went straight to bed when we got home as it was ten thirty and it had been a very full on day. Tomorrow we are off to Leamington spa. I need to get a camera and hopefully we will have a high tea at the posh tea shop in the centre. Goodnight Diary
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  • Day6

    I Wasn't Born to Follow

    August 1 in the United Kingdom

    Yesterday was Leamington on Spa. Leamington Spa is a town in central England. Set on the winding River Leam, it’s known for its Regency architecture and broad boulevards. The colonnaded Royal Pump Rooms, a 19th-century bathhouse, now houses the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum. It includes a local history gallery and an original hammam, or cooling room. Jephson Gardens is a park with formal flowerbeds and a glasshouse for tropical plants.

    It was a brilliant day out. And the weather was warm. Tabby, Ritchie,Tania,Audrey,Ollie and I set off to do some shopping and have a morning tea at Rosies. Rosie’s is an old English tea shop which sells over one hundred different teas from around the world. They serve a magnificent high tea with China cups, leaf tea and fresh sandwiches and home baked cakes. We opted for a Ploughmans lunch with English cheeses,ham off the bone and pork pie with mustard. It was delicious. Then it was time for a little retail therapy. I purchased yet another camera and Tabby added a few nice coloured tops to her collection. Audrey and Oliver were give £10 each to spend in the toy shop and they had fun choosing a new toy each. Tania purchased some new trendy hair bands and the shopping was complete. My feet were killing me as we had been walking for at least three hours.

    Last night we were invited to a small reunion of Tabbys theatre friends from YOG. It was great to put faces to people I had heard about over the years and who had been a big part of Tabbys life in the six years she lived in England. They have been close all these years like a surrogate family to Tabby. It was a warm night and Audrey even went into the spa at ten pm. This is England,no one swims outside at ten pm. I love it that the weather is so good for travelling. I enjoyed the evening and once again,hit the sack when I got home. Our days are full and happy. The best holidays are made up of friends, family and having fun. Goodnight diary.
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  • Day8

    Hopeless Wanderer

    August 3 in the United Kingdom

    It was training not raining today. I caught the train from Coventry to Stockport today to meet up with Michael,Katie and Chris. The journey was uneventful, although the train was packed and I could not get a seat until after Birmingham International. Sam cooked us a full English breakfast this morning so that I would not be hungry on my train ride. Michael was waiting for me at the station and as Katie had given him her car we were soon on our way.

    Ripponden is a village and civil parish on the River Ryburn near Halifax in West Yorkshire, England. Historically it was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Its population was 6,412 at the time of the 2001 Census, and 7,421 in 2011. I love Ripponden it is set in beautiful Yorkshire countryside, green and hilly. We are off for dinner at the Hito tonight. The Hito used to be called the Millhouse but it has now turned Spanish. Michael and I stopped on the journey home at the Turnpike a pub on the Oldham Road. Michael phoned Katie and asked if she wanted us to pick her up. We drove into Halifax and her shop and it was lovely to see her and have a big hug. She looked genuinely happy to see me.

    In the evening we met up with Sharon and Ian to have dinner at the new rebranded Hito pub. The Hito was formally known as the Milestone which sounded a better name than its latest name which sounds Japanese. We began our evening at the Fox and sat out in the beer garden as the evening was warm. I cannot believe I have been able to sit outside in England and have a drink. The Tapas meal that we ordered at the Hito was delicious. The food was spicy and tasted authentic Spanish. We ordered far too much. The girls were drinking Porn star cocktails and the boys G&T’s. Sharon and Ian came back to Katie and Chris’s and we had an Elvis and sixties revival. Michael and I dropped into bed about midnight. It was a really good day. Goodnight diary.
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  • Day9

    Wanderlust....the weekend

    August 4 in the United Kingdom

    I am quite excited about today as I am going to Chester with the crew to meet up with Pat,Katie’s mum and Michaels ex wife. We have been friends on Facebook for over five years now and I love her to bits. She is such a caring and lovely lady. I call her a lady because she is. Polite and loving and a good friend. The last time we met was in Sydney at Katie’s wedding which was a whirlwind affair lasting seven days. It is ranked in my five best times ever.
    We met in Chester which is a fabulous city and has the best Tudor buildings that I have ever seen.
    Chester is a city in northwest England, founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D. It's known for its extensive Roman walls made of local red sandstone. In the old city, the Rows is a shopping district distinguished by 2-level covered arcades and Tudor-style half-timber buildings. A Roman amphitheatre, with ongoing excavations, lies just outside the old city's walls.

    Pat is Katie’s mother and the ex wife of Michael. We met initially when Michael and I first visited England together in 2014. We then renewed our aquaintence in Sydney for Katie’s wedding to Chris Davidson. The wedding was a week long affair and rates as one of my best life experiences. My daughter and her estranged husband Darrell were both there too,so it was great to share the experience with my daughter. For the whole time we were in Sydney we did not waste a minute. It was a glorious wedding with the wedding reception being held at Doyle’s restaurant and cumulating in a trip on a speedboat with all the guests in tow around Sydney harbour. Memories that will stay with me forever.

    Anyway back to our reunion. Lunch was wonderful and the meal was all we hoped,well presented and delicious. After lunch Pat had to catch her train back to Cardiff so we continued sightseeing so I could capture more historical shots of this really stunning city. The city was filled with Saturday shoppers,tourists and entertainers on every corner. Driving home we decided by majority vote that we would have a night in relaxing with toasted cheese sandwiches and rhubarb G&T’s. It was a tired Michael and I who snook off to bed at 10.30pm. Goodnight diary.
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  • Day10

    Keep the Car Running

    August 5 in the United Kingdom

    It is a lazy Sunday morning. We are all having a well deserved lie in before going out for breakfast/brunch into Halifax. I am being taken to see the new centre there. Halifax is a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. The town has been a centre of woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Piece Hall.

    The Piece centre was once a bustling wool centre,where fleeces were bought and sold. Prices varied according to the quality of the fleece.

    Wool is not created or woven equally. Various kinds of sheep are raised for different types and lengths of fibers. These different types of fibers are woven into different types of cloth.

    Worsted is made from smooth compactly spun yarn. Long fibered wool is combed and spun using an average to hard twist in the spinning. The fabric is napless and tightly woven. Worsted is used for clothing, like suits.

    Woolen is made from fuzzy, loosely spun yarn. Short fibered yarn is carded and spun using an easy twist in the spinning. The fabric is nappy and bulky. Woolen is used for heavy clothing and blankets.

    Shoddy is made from a mixture of recycled woolen rags and virgin wool and is treated like woolen. Shoddy was developed in Batley, Yorshire by Benjamin Law circa 1813.
    After having a coffee and exploring the shops in the centre we headed off to Huddersfield as they had their bi annual food festival. When we arrived the place was humming. There were at least a few hundred people eating,drinking and having a great day out in the sunshine. Michael,Chris and Katie decided to partake of a curry but I was saving myself for Michaels cottage pie later. Katie is driving to Leeds tonight to babysit her friends children as it is school holidays in Britain and Barbara,Katie’s best friend needed someone to have the. Children.

    Huddersfield is a large market town in West Yorkshire, England. It is the 11th largest town in the United Kingdom, with a population of 162,949 at the 2011 census. It lies halfway between Leeds and Manchester.

    Chris has gone out to meet up with Ian and Sharon,Michael is sleeping and I am writing my diary. Goodnight diary.
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  • Day11

    Born to Run...Bruce Springfield

    August 6 in the United Kingdom

    Lazy,lazy day today. I have been watching series three of the itv new drama Unforgotten. As always it is gripping,well written and addictive. At least I will be in England to see the final two episodes. This crime-drama stars Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar as the lead characters DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil "Sunny" Khan. The detectives are on a mission to uncover the mystery behind an unsolved murder that occurred 39 years ago. Beneath the ground of a demolished house, the bones of the victim are found. With this evidence, the modern police team open a case to unearth the history that has remained buried for decades. Four main suspects emerge, and as their dark past is unraveled, the truth behind the events of the crime are finally revealed. Just going to check on what I’ve missed on the BBC.

    Michael made me cheese on toast and coffee for breakfast which was delicious. We are going for a walk later and out for dinner tonight. Chris is at work and Katie has gone babysitting in Leeds for her best friend Barbara. Tabby has sent photos from Trevone and they are all having a great time. Tonight we dined in style in the country at the village pub called The Alma in the hills above Ripponden. Sharon was managing the bar tonight and was our maître de. We sat outside having pre dinner drinks and played ball with a lovely sheep dog. The meals were Gordon Bleu service and reasonably priced. The wifi had broken down so I had to pay with cold hard cash. But it was worth it as we had a brilliant evening. Goodnight diary.
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  • Day5

    Have Love Will Travel

    July 31 in the United Kingdom

    The sun is shining,the day is looking promising and the clan is off to Coventry. Today we are embarking on a mystery tour of Coventry. We are supplied with a map and have to find clues as we go on a tour of Coventrys best tourist attractions. I am hoping the city has not changed too much and I will be able to recognise my old haunts from fifty years ago.

    I was born in the suburb of Aldermans Green which was minutes from the slough which was really just a big pond where you could hire boats in the summer. Today it looks so small but as a child it looked huge. I attended primary school in Windmill road and on the way to school we would walk past the milk processing plant. The dairy was where they bottled the milk for the shops and households. It always permeated with a distinctive smell,which is hard to describe. It was not unpleasant but it was unique to the dairy. I would walk to school with my brother and every morning we would take the short cut past the dairy. When the new primary school was built in the same street I resides in I moved to a modern,clean prefab school. I only attended this school for one year as my parents had purchased a new home in Wyken.

    Wyken was a middle class area, although we still lived in a terraced house it was so much more modern than the home we left. Mum spent the next twelve years renovating and improving the property. Mum was very modern and we always had the latest fashionable furniture,curtains, light fittings and whatever was the desirable addition to the modern home. My dad always had a hammer,screwdriver, drill or some tool in his hand. We wallpapered at least every two years. It was a lovely home and I spent the next thirteen years living there until like I my parents had done two years prior I emigrated to Australia. We spent so many happy hours at 98 Clovelly road.

    Coventry city in the fifties and sixties was a modern city. Heavily bombed in the war,it was completely rebuilt after the war and was one of the first cities to have a traffic free precinct for shopping. Coventry was famous for its car industry,we made Jaguar cars and had a thriving silk ribbon business. We had many car producing factories and produced motorcycles of note. Today Coventry is a shell of its former self. All the car factories bar Jaguar are gone. Japan,Korea,China and Spain now make cheaper cars which are world class.

    So just a short overview of Coventry before we embark on our day of sunshine and mystery.....
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