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    • Adorable Ashbourne 🧢

      June 15, 2022 in England β‹… πŸŒ™ 15 Β°C

      Not a hitch catching the train πŸš† from Kings Cross International station πŸš‰ So glad I wasn’t heading to Paris on Eurostar: the lines were so long and there were a lot of angry 😀 Parisians …karma I say! πŸ˜œπŸ˜‡πŸŒ Sorry 😞 Not sorry 🐸

      I had a reserved seat πŸ’Ί which was a pleasant surprise because I didn’t do that when booking 🀷🏻‍♂️ Obviously not complaining though…

      You know what? This trip took a shitload of reading, researching & revision. I spent hours comparing & mapping, googling and clarifying. I enjoyed every minute of it and it has paid off in spades ♠️ rewarding me with probably the best and most comprehensive, enjoyable and exciting holiday I have EVER had! I’m really chuffed it has been so full & fun. Not just jam-packed with fun activities but plenty of downtime & mindfulness too! πŸ•ΊπŸΌ

      Probably the only aspect I may have missed could be the “Queer” element. Yes, I could’ve spent more time on gay 🌈 apps or hanging around bars, but my life experience has shown me that often (not always) leads to time wasted and hollow emptiness so I don’t regret that for a minute! The couple of times I did partake was on my own terms and with a joyful, inclusive heart ❀️ πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ Many friends have questioned this aspect and I remain firm in my belief that my holiday has been no less enjoyable without it! To quote a bigger Diva than me: “…I am what I am…I bang my own drum πŸ₯ some think it’s noise, I think it’s pretty!” ✊🏻✊🏻✊🏻

      The train πŸš‚ ride up to the Peak District was so comfortable and relaxing. Not crowded and no screaming kids or annoying people. I’d recommend it to anyone. Thanks πŸ™ so much to Steven for introducing me to the App TRAINLINE. It has been invaluable in not only booking but extremely easy and efficient to organise refunds or changes also. It even organises the absolute best value ticket 🎫 Sometimes that may be a split ticket and you don’t need to understand what it means you need only be grateful for the internal program that works it out for you! I’ve used it in Italy as well and worked just as well there when actual station πŸš‰ staff were either not available or just assholes! 😜🐷

      Steven was waiting for me at the railway station when I arrived which was lovely. It was so nice to catch up with him and Richard again. I was so excited to see the English countryside. It was so cute and beautiful. The landscape, the buildings, the history in everything was amazing. I could feel another element of this adventure building just by looking at the bunting and the flags all hanging out to celebrate the Jubilee! πŸ₯°πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

      Just look at the knitted 🧢 ‘caps’ for the post boxes the locals have made 🧢for the Jubilee celebrations! How cute is the one representing the Queen and all the corgis? Reminded me of my grandmother and how she used to knit the nativity scenes and jumpers for us. So country, so cute ❀️❀️❀️

      Ashbourne was instantly welcoming & adorable! We had dinner in one of the local pubs (George & the Dragon πŸ‰) which is at least 300 years old, as are most of the buildings, or older. I tried many local beers 🍻 and I finally tried scampi 🍀 with mushy peas and home-made chips 🍟 So delicious! The people in the three pubs we went to were very friendly and I instantly felt ‘homely’🍺πŸ₯° and at home 🏠

      Richard and Steven’s house is lovely and extremely comfortable. It is like a little slice of luxury in the country! I’ve always loved the English countryside and this afternoon confirmed that! πŸ„πŸŒ³πŸŒ»β›°πŸ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

      They hold a football game where the shops and businesses board up their windows and hundreds of people come from all around to play this game within the entire town. To be honest, I still don’t quite understand it but it sounds very intriguing! I’ll learn more tomorrow!

      Very grateful πŸ˜‡ for this opportunity to discover more of the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ through the very fortunate coincidence of making friends with Steven a few years back through the social group I ran prior to Covid has come full circle to allow me this exciting new experience πŸ•ΊπŸΌβ€οΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸ’ͺ🏻✊🏻
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    • Day 36

      Shugborough Estate

      September 5, 2018 in England β‹… β›… 17 Β°C

      Well that was a little unexpected.
      Shugborough is a very large estate that the National Trust took control of it from Staffordshire Council authority last year.

      It’s remarkably intact, Mansion, Farm, Estate, Follies, ruins, Cat Monument, etc, etc.

      Belonging to the Anson family since 1642 (including Admiral George Anson, famous for circumnavigating the world and capturing a Spanish Silver ship in 1743.)

      He made a packet.

      The NT have start to put their stamp on the place: parking, shop, garden centre, cafe, gardens.

      For all those Women Weekly followers Patrick Lichfield, 5th Earl and the famous fashion photographer gifted the estate to the National Trust.
      Death duties are a real game changer.

      Everyone has probbaly seen his photographs, the Royals, Dianna, Mike Jagger, Lulu and all the rest.
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    • Day 3

      Findern and Spread Eagle for refreshment

      May 4, 2022 in England β‹… 🌧 13 Β°C

      A rainy start to the day but we were still able to walk to Ellie’s. I spent time with Eris whilst Tony and Ellie cleaned their motorhome ready for Eris’s first trip out in the motorhome on Saturday. In the afternoon we went to Dobbies garden centre for afternoon tea. In the evening we went with Ellie, Ross and Eris to The Spread Eagle in Rolleston for Eris’s first pub supper!

      Tomorrow we head for Holyhead and the start of our Irish adventure!
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    • Day 75

      Stalkers Cottage Day 1

      June 22, 2018 in England β‹… β˜€οΈ 16 Β°C

      Big sleep in after our long drive yesterday. Once we got going we drove to Cheadle to do a bit of shopping. While there we had a look at a church which is known as Pugin's Gem. Pugin is an architect who designed Big Ben and the interior of Westminster. The church was spectacularly colourful inside, quite different to most English churches. Afterwards we drove over to Alton where we went to a nice pub for a quiet drink in the sun. On the way home we found a local farmshop where we picked up some more supplies. Just down the road are the ruins of Croxden Abbey where we stopped for a quick look only (closing time)This is the Abbey we can see from our cottage and like Byland Abbey it was established by the Cistercian monks in the 12thC.Read more

    • Day 81


      June 28, 2018 in England β‹… β˜€οΈ 21 Β°C

      Last night the Met officially called it a heat wave in the UK. The weather has been bright and sunny since we arrived in Staffordshire with temperatures in the mid 20s. The news is full of parboiled Brits at the seaside and with their feet in ponds. We are are quite enjoying the mild sunny days ourselves.
      Quiet day, washing clothes and preparing for our move to Cambridge tomorrow. Highlight of lunch at Denstone Farm Shop. There are quite a few of these farm shops around and as you would expect their quality varies. Generally though they're nicer than a regular town cafe. We've been trying to buy our eggs from the free range roadside stands. The best were in the Yorkshire Dales where we bought a dozen eggs, all huge and all double yokers. It was amazing and we'll no doubt be talking about it for years!! Very happy that Damian has arrived safely and is staying with his friend Ali in Maidenhead. On Sunday he's training up to Cambridge to meet us for the week.
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    • Day 78

      Derby and Bakewell

      June 25, 2018 in England β‹… β˜€οΈ 23 Β°C

      Had a few dramas returning our hire car but won't bore you! Happily set out for Bakewell after leaving Derby and we were planning on having a famous Bakewell Tart. Sadly, when we realised they were full of jam we changed our minds and set about a brief exploration of the town. Bakewell is another market town located on the River Derwent. (nothing to do with the lakes district though) It was a busy market day, people everywhere but a friendly vibe. Visited another ancient church with remnants of earlier buildings dating from the 9th century. The stones were etched with symbols including the ancient staffordshire knot which adorned what is left of a cross in the church grounds. Astonishing antiquities which really link you to the past and the people that lived in these parts, maybe some our forebears!! Homeward bound through lovely farmland we spotted a dairy which used raw milk. Col had an icecream and me a delicious coffee. You could really taste the difference. Final stop was Ashborne, a pretty place with a Sainburys. Home with our stash of goodies and a pile of vegies and Cod for tea.Read more

    • Day 76

      Stalkers Day 2

      June 23, 2018 in England β‹… β›… 17 Β°C

      Another big sleep in as we are still finding it hard to keep up the pace. We are trying to slow it all down a bit. Around lunch time we drove to the market town of Uttoxeter. There was a market in the main street selling local food and crafts.
      We then drove to an area where we were told there wa a famous cafe and walk. We stopped at the Ramblers Retreat for lunch. Quite good.
      After lunch we went on a scenic walk from the cafe. Unfortunately we found we can go the wrong way even when walking. When we got back from what was a very nice walk, we looked at the map and realised we had gone on a different walk to that intended. Hope we'll have time to do the "actual" walk later on.
      On the way back we stopped at the town of Alton where there was a beer festival and market in the main street. There was another Pugin church here which was very beautiful and less decorative than the one in Cheadle. The priest there is Vietnamese and he told us how his family had escaped Vietnam in the 80's. Couldn't help thinking what a huge change in his circumstances and how life had evolved it's course for him. The church, monastery and castle are now owned by the church and the castle is used to accommodate disadvantage kids for holiday respite. All good and interesting stuff!
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    • Day 80

      Leek and the Peak District

      June 27, 2018 in England β‹… β˜€οΈ 25 Β°C

      Our day out today was a trip to Leek and around the Peak District
      Leek is a Market town that is interesting without being particularly exciting. Most of the buildings date from the 17th and 18th century. It was worth a two hour walk around.
      We then drove up through Blackshaw Moor into the Peak District National Park. Taking whatever backroads we could find we visited Longnor (a pretty little village), Flash (the highest village in England), Upper Hulme, and a number of other impossibly cute villages in unbelievably beautiful countryside. On the way home we stopped at the Manifold Inn in the Manifold Valley for a very nice dinner and a well earned drink.
      Continuing on we took a "short cut" that took us along a road that got narrower and narrower as we went along until we were eventually opening farm gates every 500m to get to the other end. Well worth the drive as the valley views were amazing.
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    • Day 77

      Stalkers Day 3

      June 24, 2018 in England β‹… β›… 18 Β°C

      Fantastic day today. We walked about a mile down the valley to Croxden Abbey and joined an open garden route around the tiny little hamlets of Great Gate and Croxden. We paid at St Giles church where we were given a cup of tea and cake before our arduous adventure. On we trudged through the prettiest gardens in the world.........and all around the abbey. The abbey is now located on the property of a large and prosperous farm whose garden was unfortunately not open. But we peeked over the stone wall and eden appeared before our eyes. So elegant, tranquil and simple. The colours of an English spring are so wonderful; purples, pinks yellows blues reds orange and every shade thereof. And the perfume as you walk along, even from the fields and hedges is so delightful. Staying in the countryside has really given us a sense of nature's bounty and the silence all around is very relaxing. The historical towns are exceptional but the rural landscapes are sublime. It was nice to talk to some of the gardeners too. Understandably, they're a relaxed lot.
      Dinner at the Raddle Inn. Better this time.
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    • Day 22

      LEJOG day 22

      April 28 in England

      22 miles 417.8 miles. Thorpe

      Another dull start but no rain. Grass and mud wet so wet feet quickly😟. Reasonable progress once we diverted onto the small roads to Uttoxeter. Deer and a dead hare seen. Tea in Waitrose and onwards. Following River Dove and into Derbyshire. Got Rocester - home of JCB. AND the King was visiting. He was only yards away - but in the JCB academy. Couldn’t wait to see him ( Helen wouldn’t allow me). Went past a huge and very load-scarey shooting range. Lovely riverside lunch spot then up a hillside and into the Peak District. Change of scenery and architecture. Still no sun. An honesty box ice cream van by a farm was perfect. Rolling hills - long grass and multiple stiles made it hard work but very good scenery. Stopped in Thorpe where Gill was waiting😊.Feet a little sore with lots of wet irregular, slippery stuff.Read more

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