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    • Day 11

      Worcester - Denbighshire

      June 14 in Wales ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      We leave the Cotswolds today and travel to Worcester to learn about the saints and Kings on a visit to Worcester Cathedral which was built in 1084. King John is buried there (the Bad King)Worcester is very old, even the rubbish bins are really really old.!!We then drive to the first cast iron bridge which opened in 1781. We travel on through many villages to the rugged ancient landscapes just inside of Wales, We stopped at the village Trevor and walked the Aquaduct where the canal boats go over., really really high and scary for me. but incredible,.. Built in 1805. We spend the next couple of nights at the Mulberry Inn and will be exploring the Snowdonia National Park tomorrow.Read more

    • Day 8

      Unterwegs in "Bourton on the water "🌊

      May 14, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Da habe ich doch sooo viel Sonne zu Euch geschickt, dass es jetzt am Abend bei uns auch regnet. Aber wir stehen auf einem "Campingplatz" mitten im Feld, ohne WLAN, ohne Strom, dafür mit einer schönen Aussicht, viel Ruhe und wie gesagt, schönem gemütlichen Landregen 🥰 .
      Aber erst einmal an alle Muttis: ich hoffe, ihr seid heute so richtig verwöhnt worden 💐🎶🎁🥂🍾🧡.
      Mein Morgen begann mit einem schon fertigen Frühstück und sogar frischen Blümchen. Da schmeckt die 1. Tasse Kaffee ☕ gleich noch mal so gut 🤠👍. Unsere Kinder erreichten uns, Tim von daheim und Lara aus Slowenien, pünktlich am Nachmittag zu den ersten scones und clottet cream 😋👌. Weit in der Welt verstreut und doch macht die Technik den Kontakt zum Glück möglich 🧡❤.
      Da unsere "Englandetappe" nach 1 Woche erst einmal langsam zu Ende geht, hatten wir heute auch als grobe Zielrichtung LIVERPOOL angesteuert, haben aber am frühen Nachmittag erst einmal einen Stop und eine Fahrraftour durch Bourton on the Water gemacht.
      Bourton-on-the-Water ist ein Dorf in der Grafschaft Gloucestershire im Cotswolds Gebiet. Es liegt in einem weiten flachen Tal innerhalb einem sogenannten Gebiet von außergewöhnlicher Naturschönheit. So schreibt es der Reiseführer und mittlerweile leben ca. 4000 Einwohner in der Gemeinde. Davon schienen heute mindestens 50 Prozent unterwegs gewesen zu sein 🙈🙈🙈. Trotzdem haben wir schöne Plätzchen bei unserer Radtour gefunden.
      Allerdings ist das Fahrrad nicht das bevorzugte Fortbewegungsmittel der Engländer. Leichte Irritationen waren beim einen oder anderen zu erkennen und ich glaube, sie fanden German People auf Rädern ein bißchen crazy 🤷‍♀️?!?
      Unserer Entdeckungsfreude tat das keinen Abbruch. Wir entdeckten unter anderem eine kleine Kirche, die eine bezaubernde Atmosphäre hatte und wohl gleichzeitig als Gemeindezentrum dient.
      Das war sehr angenehm und so fuhren wir auch im Geiste 😇gestärkt weiter, und jetzt nach einem ruhigen Abend machen uns bettfein 👋😋🌈
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    • Day 102

      A murder!

      December 14, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      This morning we said farewell to our beautiful gatehouse, and headed towards Derby.

      We wandered around Derby shopping mall for a while, stopping for a Popeyes lunch (which we loved in Hawaii, Phill believes it to be as good here too).

      We then checked into our accommodation at Risley Hall which is a Manor house. Apparently this Manor has a big secret, it was the site of a murder!

      Atleast that was the premise of our dinner, thanks to Tony and Michelle we are staying the night here solving a murder mystery over a 3 course meal!

      The food was good, and although 2 murders were committed the evening was high in spirits. We helped the local detective, we decided it was infact not Jack the Ripper, it was Lady Alexandra! And out of 40 people Phill and I received the Super Sleuth award! So thanks Michelle for slipping them a 20 and making us win!

      Steps: 13.5k
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    • Day 100

      Day 100!

      December 12, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      We said good morning to Mr. Horton and his coffees before heading out of Birmingham and driving to my favorite town in the UK so far; Ludlow.

      Ludlow has been described by many as one of the prettiest towns at Christmas due to its tudor age buildings, markets and varying range of stores. And we both agreed it was our favourite small town so far! (in the UK)

      After checking out at least 8 op-shops we decided to leave Ludlow and we headed to Bridgnorth.

      Here we checked out 5 more op-shops and enjoyed a wander through the town before picking up some food supplies at the supermarket and made our way down a flooded single lane road to our castle gatehouse!

      Our accommodation for the next 2 nights is an Elizabethan gatehouse. Which is very cool! We have a video showing off our latest digs, but it's too long for Penguins, so we'll have to share it separately...

      We made ourselves some spaghetti and meatballs and enjoyed it in our dining room before winding down with some TV.

      Step count: 16.4k
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    • Day 4

      An evening in Shrewsbury

      June 8 in England ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

      We returned to Shrewsbury in the early evening and made our way to The Armoury for dinner. When we arrived there were more than 50 people outside. At first, I thought that we'd never get a table. But then, I remembered that I was with Stacy! "Table for two? Right this way!" We enjoyed a wonderful meal of lamb and rosemary pie, fish and chips, and a local ale. For dessert, we had sticky toffee pudding and a proper cuppa English tea. Delicious! After dinner we took a leisurely walk along the River Severn back to our B&B.Read more

    • Day 31

      The Mount - Charles Darwin’s birth place

      May 23 in England ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      On my way to Yorkshire I stopped by The Mount in Shrewsbury to have a look at Charles Darwin’s birth place. When I got there I found out that it was privately owned and used for offices. There was a plaque on the outside wall so as I was getting out to take a photo this man came out very purposefully. I thought I was in for a telling off but it turned out he was I think the house museum project manager John Hughes. He told me there was no formal tours or entry. When I told him I had studied Charles Darwin he offered to take me around. 2 1/2hrs later I had been through the house, grounds, got all the inside info, and seen photographs that had only recently this year been found. I was stoked to say the least.Read more

    • Day 12

      Snowdonia National Park _ Denbigshire

      June 15 in Wales ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Today we are exploring the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Beautiful stone walls and narrow roads which can be quite tricky to manoeuvre. Absolutely stunning scenery, some of it was similar to the South Island. A lot of Welsh names in this area and Welsh is spoken frequently. We stopped for coffee at a village called L...... (they must be good spellers here), the names are insane. We then went on to a historic town called Conway with a castle surrounding it and we found the smallest house. Had a lovely lunch by the water with the pesky seagulls. Such a beautiful place here!! Cruised back to the Mulberry Inn where we are staying the night.Read more

    • Day 14

      Schafsrettung

      May 29 in Wales ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Auf dem Weg nach Hay in Wye haben wir ein Schaf gerettet. Es lag auf dem Rücken und wäre ohne die Hilfe meiner Frau nicht mehr hochgekommen... Beste Frau ever

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    • Day 33

      Ludlow

      June 4, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

      After leaving Chester, we drove through the Shropshire Hills in the Welsh County of Shropshire. This area was full of even more rolling green hills and countryside.

      We then stopped at Ludlow, which
      has the reputation of being the "loveliest town in Britain". It borders Wales and England and is on the River Teme.

      The town features Tudor buildings and has pubs dating from the 1300's.

      The Norman invaders started building Ludlow Castle in 1095. Much of it is now in ruins.

      It is a very pretty place and it's castle, houses and shops are almost quintessentially English (and Welsh).
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    • Day 101

      When sickness strikes

      December 13, 2023 in England ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

      This morning Bec awoke with a head cold, while we didn't plan to do much today other than lounge about in our gatehouse, but we were going to explore the grounds, which we did a little.

      Along with all of the other buildings there is St Michael's Church, which is a 12th century Norman church. While we weren't able to go in, it still looked really cool!

      Once the wind picked up, we got Bec back inside and lit a fire. Eventually we made another (smaller) charcuterie board and just relaxed in the warmth.

      Step count: 5.4k
      (Though I didn't have my watch on for a while, so it was probably a bit higher)
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