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    • Day 5


      July 27 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Our drive into Birmingham was made much less stressful by Jeremy's remote help desk advice. We connected my phone to the car's sat nav screen and used Google Maps instead. This lady has a MUCH better handle on things. What would we do without Jeremy!
      We called in at the Christadelphian Office. Last time we were there I discovered Hannah Dunnett's artwork and I restocked. Spent way too much! I treated myself to one of her mugs, but it's wrapped in bubble wrap so no photo. I love the way she weaves Bible quotes into her artwork.
      After that we found a Patchwork and Quilting shop 5 minutes down the road, but alas it is now only an online shop. I could only peer through the window.
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    • Day 14

      Cotswolds, the Bard and Friends at Lunch

      May 10 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Our destination for today was the outskirts of Birmingham via Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare.

      A motorway route to Stratford would have been about 20 minutes quicker, but we chose to take a more scenic route through the northern Cotswolds. A lovely morning in Oxford gradually turned to showers of rain for the rest of the day.
      As the Cotswolds is one area we were not spending much time in at all, we travelled via a really beautiful little town (Burton-on -the-Water) and enjoyed morning tea by the banks of this quintessentially idyllic English village. It embodied everything you could imaging a small English country town should be. Beautiful historic buildings, open spaces and grassed area running down to a perfect little stream running through the centre of town.

      After coffee and pastry from the Bakery, we headed off for Stratford through more rolling hills and greenery.

      We toured the Birthplace of Shakespeare and then strolled through town a short distance to meet up with Stephen and Lindsey Whitehouse for lunch. It was lovely to see them again and we talked for a couple of hours over lunch. We had stayed so long that Daniel (their son, who attends school there - the same school that Shakespeare attended!) strolled down the street and we chatted briefly before we all had to part company.
      The Whitehouses asked to pass on their love to all of you who might know them.

      It was now late in the afternoon, but we still had 3 more sightseeing tasks before heading to our overnight accommodation near Birmingham.

      Shakespeare’s ‘new place’, Anne Hathaway’s cottage and then a drive to Coventry to take a short look at the Cathedral that was bombed during World War 2 and stands as a grim reminder of what the British endured. So badly and repeatedly was Coventry bombed due to its industrial production, car and aircraft engines, munitions manufacture etc that it became one of Hitler’s prime targets. Today the bombed out shell of the Cathedral is an ongoing reminder of the ‘Coventry Blitz’.

      A half hour drive from Coventry to our little apartment in Solihull saw us arriving at about 7pm. Not much dinner required after a large and excellent lunch with our friends.
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    • Day 65

      Hello World

      October 29, 2017 in England ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

      Dieser Post wird vermutlich schwer zu verstehen sein für die, die keine Verbindung zu Youtube haben. Es ist wichtig diejenigen von euch zu warnen, sonst denkt ihr nur noch, ich wäre noch verrückter als eh schon!
      Ich bin heute nicht zur Kirche gegangen, sondern bin morgens nach Birmingham gefahren zu der Genting Arena, wo 'Hello World' stattgefunden hat. Ein Ereignis, wo viele Youtuber (Menschen, die Videos machen, auf Youtube stellen und damit Geld verdienen) waren und viele Fans von diesen Youtubern.
      Gegen 12 bin ich angekommen und gegen 13 bin ich in die Hauptveranstalltungshalle gekommen. Nachdem ich einmal an den verschiedenen Attraktionen vorbei gelaufen bin, hab ich quasi den Rest des Tages bei der - Achtung keine Überraschung - Bäckerei verbracht. Da hab ich Louise Pentland aus der Ferne gesehen und stand direkt vor Tyler Oakley und Tom Daley. Tyler haben ich und ein Mädchen beim Dekorieren eines Skeletts geholfen, was echt Spaß gemacht hat. Tyler und Tom haben mit mir Bilder gemacht und für alle die es interessiert (und auch alle anderen, ihr könnt ja nicht auf einmal weg lesen...) ich bin in den Instagram Stories von den beiden zusehen. Das klang jetzt alles ziemlich verrückt, aber ich verspreche euch, dass es alles Sinn ergibt!
      Die beiden wirklich zu treffen war eindeutig das Highlight meines Tages, aber die Show am Ende mit Musik (unter anderem von 'The Vamps') und vielen Youtubern war auch echt toll. Ich glaub ich hab noch nicht wirklich verarbeitet, was heute alles passiert ist, aber jetzt hab ich da keine Zeit zu, weil Morgen die Schule wieder anfängt und ich jetzt schlafen muss. Jap, ich hab nicht den Luxus einen der tollsten Menschen offiziell feiern zu dürfen - in anderen Worten, wir haben hier weder einen Reformationstag, noch einen Brückentag, vermutlich keine Überraschung, aber schon trotzdem eine Unverschämtheit. Nur Spaß, ich bin müde...
      Gute Nacht jetzt erst einmal. Morgen treff ich sehr wahrscheinlich keine Berühmtheiten, also können dann wieder alle alles verstehen! Bis dann! Schlaft schön aus!
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    • Day 138

      Sorehill Mill

      February 29, 2020 in England ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

      Hier hat Tolkien seine Kindheit verbracht (oder nen Teil davon). Museum war geschlossen, schön und "atmosphärisch" war es trotzdem.

    • Day 14

      The play what Bill wrote

      July 28 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Now, Ernie Wise always included the line 'The play what I wrote' in his sketches. But did you know this interesting fact? He stole that line from a certain Bill Shaggyspear who apparently wrote a few lines in the late 16th century. He's the bloke that William Shakespeare modelled himself on. It's all in Wikipedia.

      Anyway, having left Worcs behind we moved into Warwickshire, Shakespeare country and immediately encountered The Tempest restaurant. Would you believe, the manager was called Storm! You couldn't make it up.

      We found a mobile Post Office. Brilliant. And fields of purple flowers. Brilliant. And passed through the historic heart of England. Busy day!

      Several farm shops and National Trust properties later we arrive at The Old Rectory c.1394 owned by Dot, 91, who drives a Porsche. The 50 mile ride was well worth it.
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    • Day 7

      UK day 4- local day

      February 17, 2018 in England ⋅ ☀️ 2 °C

      Just a lazy local day today. Catch up on washing and shopping. Geoff and I walked into the town centre, about 25 minutes. It was cool to start but warmed up as we walked. We had a shop around then Mary and Jan drove in and we all had lunch in Touchwood shopping centre. Geoff and I walked back then Aaron drove us to get some fireworks but it was closed. Pie and veg for dinner tonight then off to bed.Read more

    • Day 8

      UK day 5- Blenheim Palace

      February 18, 2018 in England ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

      Today we headed down to Blenheim Palace near Oxford. The weather was cold and grey but dry. We started in the palace and worked our way around the huge rooms with many beautiful paintings, tapestries and homewares. We refreshed with some lunch then a lovely walk around the beautiful grounds.Read more

    • Day 17

      UK day 14- Head to Gatwick

      February 27, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ -2 °C

      Happily we woke to a winter wonderland having snowed over night. It was soooo beautiful and we were very excited, unlike the locals who were moaning. We packed our bags and set off for Gatwick Hilton hotel. We went through many snow showers which was really cool. Maybe not for motorists in other areas that were affected more. We took a little side tour and drive through Windsor and stopped to take a couple of photos of the castle. Jan finally got her Castle!!!!! We arrived at Gatwick Hilton and sorted out our bags before we had our last meal together.Read more

    • Day 6

      UK day 3- Cotswolds

      February 16, 2018 in England ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

      Today the sun was shining and the skies were blue, so we headed off to one of our favourite parts of the world , the Cotswolds. We drove through some beautiful countryside and cute towns and eventually ended up in the Cotswolds. A drive through 3 picture postcard villages, Buckland, Laverton and Stanton. OMG so many photo options, it almost looks like a movie set in a British movie or TV show. Broadway was the town where we had lunch and a walk through the main street and popped into sweet little shops. One place was an old Georgian style building with homewares and furnishing, the building was just amazing and you could imagine it in its days as a home for some wealthy people. After our walk around we drove through some more countryside dotted with sheep ready to pop with little lambs. We saw a fox heading into his lair and beautiful pheasants in the fields. Another stop was made at Broadway Tower where the view was just devine. We saw Deer around the tower and it was quite icy on the hill but sunny. Drove on to Chipping Campden where we had afternoon tea in a sweet little tea rooms, another walk around into some more cute homewares and decorating shops then back on the road for a bit more of a tour, taking advantage of the beautiful day we had. We drove through Blockley, Bourton-on-the-Hill and Moreton-in-Marsh. Back home to Solihull.Read more

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