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  • Day23

    The Danes of Manchester

    August 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    While my Grandfather, his second wife, his brother [Uncle Puff], two sons and his nephew left India in 1947 [at the partition of India] and moved to Australia, another brother [Charles Edgar] eventually went to England and in his later years settled in Manchester. My grandfather and his family were probably more British than the British, and India at that time was not the place to be.

    Carl Dane, his two daughters, Lorraine and Amanda and son Carl are now the Danes of Manchester and I couldn't come to England and not visit them - a beautiful and loving family.

    We started the day with a trip to the City of Manchester. Not a long drive from our hotel in Oldham - around 25 minutes. Manchester is a real mix of buildings and spaces, some very old, some very new, some run down and some very smart. On our quick visit to the city we didn't get a good feel for the place - but you can't do everything.

    In the afternoon we visited the grave site of Marie Dane [2011] as well Charles [1970] and Jane Dane [1971].

    Time for a farewell to the Danes and of course we all got together in a Curry Restaurant thanks to Carl Dane. A great night and fond memories.

    Tomorrow we are off to Birmingham - only a 2 hour drive down the road.

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    Rod Taylor

    I hope you've been to see 'Viceroy's House' at the movies Peter. A fascinating insight into the India at the time of the partition. I'm sure you probably have. Great movie.

  • Day27


    September 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 16 °C

    Day 24
    Off to Wales today but with a quick stop at Boundary Park- home of Oldham Athletic and highest football ground in the league.

    Memories of Anglesea came flooding back as we crossed the Menai bridge. A quick stop to unload at the Honey Cottage, our home for the night, before heading to Nebo near Penysarn to collect Mervyn and then off for a pub lunch at the Pilot Boat- passed on many occasions whilst visiting but never previously gone in.Read more

  • Day31

    Magical Reminiscence Tour

    September 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 11 °C

    Day 28
    Started the day with a 6km run (walk) along the canal.

    Then set out on a magical reminiscence tour of our old haunts: through Uppermill, Grotton (popped in to say Hi to our lovely florists), Springhead, past Alts and Holts estates to Abbey Hills and Tate Street (our first home) through Glodwick, Lees and up to Austerlands and Brown Hill Drive (our last home), on to The Roebuck Inn for lunch, then through Scouthead and Lydgate with a stop at Greenfield to pop into Tesco’s (up and down the aisles pointing out all the things we remember but cannot get).

    Whilst at Brown Hill Drive we bumped into our old neighbours who updated us on the last 15 years- it was a lovely area but seeing it now has made us sad but very glad we left when we did 😢
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  • Day21

    Tassie Devils found in Manchester ...

    August 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    "Straight up this road then take the turn off to Carlisle and that will take you all the way to Manchester", said John as we were leaving his house after a most enjoyable stay. He was right, no problems and we were on the M6 to Manchester. A great drive, easy 130kph, (just keeping up with traffic) on 6 and sometimes 8 lane motorway. Even had time to call Bill, Isabel and Andy along the way.

    Mary's navigation skills came to the fore at the roundabouts around Manchester, some very complicated manoeuvres - but we made it to the Hotel without a miss - well done Mary.

    One of the highlights of this trip was to catch up again with relatives - Carl whose grandfather was my grandfathers brother and to meet up with Mandy and Lorraine, Carl's daughters, and their families.

    After settling into the hotel we met, Carl, Lorraine, Andy and Nathan who took us on a sightseeing tour of the local area. We went for a walk through the Tandle Hill Country Park in Royton. It consists of approximately 110 acres, a combination of beech woodland and open grassland. On top of the hill you have a brilliant view of Manchester - but just down at the bottom of the hill you can see the Tandem Hill Tavern ...

    We had to drop in for a drink or two - I tried the "bumpy lane" - not bad. After that Carl invited us back to his house for coffee and to see his brilliant record collection. Very comforting to know that relatives enjoy their music as much as Mary and I do.

    We finished the day with a family dinner [curry] at a local restaurant and then back to the hotel. Like our last stay here, there was a wedding party in full progress but Mary & I were so tired - the noise hardly mattered.

    A quiet day is planned for tomorrow- Mary is keen to do some washing, me - I will re-pack my suitcase and find out which clothes I have with me that I haven't used as yet!!

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  • Day4

    Etihad Stadium, Home to Manchester City

    December 22, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    This is the football club Trevor likes. This stadium was built in 2002 and was really nice. We had another fun tour of this stadium. There is actually an entire campus with training facilities for the first team but also younger plauers.Read more

  • Day22

    The dark side of a long holiday ...

    August 14, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Sunday, a day of rest, and we have a full day in Manchester to recharge our batteries, and the iPhone and the iPad and the Mac book and the camera, the list goes on. Also, Mary is still sore from her fall in Stockholm, I think she may have cracked a rib - I'll do my bit by trying not to make her laugh.

    Its a beautiful bright and sunny day in Manchester. I look to Mary to see what mischief we can get up to today when she says - "I need to do some washing". No problem, I'll find a laundrette, shove the clothes into a washing machine then the tumble drier - easy. Not so I find out.

    We started the day with a walk along the canal - a pleasant walk - could do with a cleanup, but we enjoyed ourselves. We found a laundrette, then I found a pub "The Boat and Horses" - nice place for lunch - very popular. I was amazed at how much potato & vegetable & Yorkshire pudding people could put on their plates when they ordered a half roast chicken !!!

    Back to the hotel for a rest after another walk around the nearby houses then it was off to the laundrette armed with £1 and 20p coins. Now people assume you know how to work these machines - we don't. Bought the soap, put it in the machine, throw in some clothes, select a wash that we think maybe right, close the lid and wait 40 minutes to see what happens.

    Okay, so we open the lid, clothes are still very wet and some have soap marks and grit lines in them ... there's no way Mary is going to use the dryers. Home we go to have a makeshift clothes line in our room - Mary is worried that management might throw us out - they didn't.

    In all a restful and peaceful day, and a happy Mary with a suitcase full of clean clothes. Being away for a long holiday means you have to do some washing sometime and it can be a real test of your ingenuity.

    Tomorrow, more of Manchester, visiting cemeteries and a family dinner to complete our visit here.

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  • Day14

    D14 England - Tatton Park

    July 18, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Anthony was nothing short of excited... today was his return to the world of plants and English show gardens - the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

    Nigel, Anthony’s old boss and mentor from RHS Wisely was running the retail operations at Tatton Park and was able to secure us tickets to the show. On our early arrival, the security guard refused our entry, and so with Nigel’s charm, we were able to get photo security passes made up which provided us with unrivalled entry to the show for the day as volunteers.

    We spent the day wandering around the show, avoiding the light drizzle at times but remaining optimistic that the sun would shine. A few insights from the day:
    1. The capacity for the general public to use the meta language of gardening is impressive. They simply know their stuff.
    2. The show is unlike Chelsea which is primarily for world class displays. This show is all about selling garden related paraphernalia. It’s big business.
    3. The metal workers are all competing for business with delicate constructions of foxgloves through to highland cows (aka coos).
    4. Old people and their plastic crate trolleys, all hepped up on an aggressive desire to score a rare Hydeangea with black stems, can be a dangerous thing to get yourself caught up in.
    5. Anthony really is a plant geek.

    We left the show late afternoon and spent the following three hours stuck in traffic as we navigated our way to Darley in the Yorkshire Dales. Here we ate a classic pub meal with old friends (Nige, Jo, Pam), before hightailing it back to Manchester (completed with a twilight tour of the Yorkshire Dales).
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    The true beauty that only nature can provide. JC

  • Day5

    The Match

    December 23, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Trevor enjoyed visiting with the fans beside him. The had season tickets for 20 years. It was also fun listening to the fans sing and cheer. Fans must sit (except on one end) and must keep beer on concourse. Opposing fans can only sit in one section and are surrounded by security.Read more

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