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    • Day 9

      Shakespeare's School

      May 4, 2022 in England ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      This was wonderful! We had a brief lesson from Magistro Jenkins and then got to practice with a quill. And yes, the girls got to show off some Latin.

      This building was 200 years old when Shakespeare went to school here! Many of his plays contain ideas and passages he would have studied here.Read more

    • Day 84

      British Motor Museum

      May 29, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Besuch im Museum, das aufgrund der exzellenten Lage neben Jaguar Land Rover eine ausgezeichnete Auswahl an Landrover Exponaten ausstellt. Auch der Rest der Ausstellungsstücke verdient das Prädikat 'sehenswert'.
      Anschließender Einkauf im Giftshop 😇😀
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    • Day 15

      Scrum down - Ball out

      June 1 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      I'm on hallowed ground, instructions are you look at OBS ( Old Big School) where it all happened and Webb- Ellis picked up the ball and ran. Yes folks I'm in Rugby where the Brits invented the game but of course we Colonials perfected it 😉.
      Rugby is a beautiful town dominated by the school. My friends Jarlath & Jenny Norman sent their son to Rugby school, a private ( or in the UK, public) school.
      The history of the school is interesting. In the 1800's the school pupils revolted and there was an armed stand off between pupils and the local militia.
      My friend, Jarlath , his father was head caretaker at the school and Jarlath as a child can remember helping his father mow the lawns.
      My Great Uncle, Billy Wallace, was one of the first All Blacks, and he played at Rugby. These were the days when they toured for 6 months and were greeted like hero's on their return.
      During my days in Rugby, we drove around the countryside and walked a lot. We saw Guy Fawkes house, built in 1605, where he planned his attack on Parliament. So Rugby has had them all, the good and the bad.
      My friend Jarlath is a retired Army Captain, Parachute regiment and last served in Afganistan. Jarlath and I also worked together in our later jobs and I had Jenny work in my team.
      Today, Sunday, we had a classic British pub lunch. It was delicious and not badly priced. I had a "warm beer" to wash down the Sunday roast. Afterwards we strolled back to Jarlath & Jenny's.
      Tomorrow, I'm off to Tamworth to meet Dave and Bev and then travel by car to Cheltenham.
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    • Day 11

      Christmas Eve

      December 24, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      NOTE: I’ve been quite slack on the old the blog of late. I guess I’ve just been enjoying this place too much. The next several days will just be a brief summary and more photos. If you haven’t been following along with our daily videos on Instagram we’ll also pop them up on here. They pretty much sum up each day within a minute.

      We pick up the story on a chilly morning at our cosy little BnB in Chipping Campden. We can’t get enough of this beautiful country side. THr cotswolds have been a real treat. We explored the little town for a bit before heading slightly south back to Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the main Cotswold villages, to meet up with James, Jess, & Hudson for brunch. We were about to part ways for the remainder of the trip so needed to get our Hudson fix before we wouldn’t see them for 5 weeks.
      We ate an explored the great village shops on offer. It wasn’t long before they had to hit the road again so we sadly said our goodbyes and waved them off.

      It didn’t take long before I heard the first “I miss Hudson… and James & Jess”

      We didn’t have time to mope about though, it was Christmas Eve and we had presents to buy. We set ourselves a budget, and a time limit to cruise the stores in this awesome little town separately and buy each other as many little presents as possible. We met back up in an hour with bags full of the goods. Great fun!

      From Stow-on-the-Wold we aimed north. We had to cover a bit of ground if we were going to make it to our next destination. We aimed for Sheffield, a fairly large and grungy city just north of Birmingham. We mad it to our quaint BnB in the city, wrapped our haul of presents, ordered uber eats, and hit the hay.

      Asher ☺️
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    • Day 10

      Rolling through those hills

      December 23, 2019 in England ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      This morning was a very slow morning, We slept in and checked out what was around us on our phones. Turns out we were staying on the grounds of Dyrham Estate. Dyrham Estate was a beautiful country home/castle belonging to someone important. But more important to us, it was used in one of the opening scenes of the movie ‘Australia’. Just a simple fly over shot but still...This led to us watching the first half of ‘Australia’ as we spent the morning hours relaxing. We checked out of our little cottage and wandered down to check to the Dyrham Estate. It was extremely picturesque. Quite cool to be able to stay right next to it. Jo felt like she was in a scene straight out of a Jane Austen film/novel.

      From there we jumped back in the car and headed to Bath. Bath was extremely busy with so much traffic. We drove to the top of the hill for a spectacular view, and then back down to ‘The Circus’, a famous circle of buildings situated in Bath. Soon the chaoticness and business just became to much. We decided to give those Roman baths Bath is famous for a miss because it was just too busy and we had to hit the road.

      We drove north, our route, through the Cotswolds. We cruised though the rolling hills of west England, amazed after every corner we took. We travelled through many beautiful old stone walled farms and stone housed towns. It was just so refreshing being in the country. We stopped for a late lunch in Tetbury, a spectacular old stone town full of amazing old pubs, cafes and gift shops. We found an awesome cafe, ate, and played some cards before hitting the road again. We were trying to get to our AirBnB before dark and we had to make tracks to get there in time. We were heading to a little town called Chipping Campden at the northern end of the Cotswolds.
      We managed to make it, just, after getting a little bit lost before finding our little farmstead studio. The owners met us as we drove in and were so lovely. They showed us the ropes and left us be. This beautiful farm was situated onto of Dovers Hill which overlooks the township of Chipping Campden. We relaxed for a bit. Then headed doesn’t he hill into the cute little town covered in fairy lights for some dinner. We found an amazing Italian restaurant… the amount of Italian we eat you would have thought we were in Italy! We’re both obsessed with it! We dined on spinach and ricotta ravioli and wild boar tagliatelle before heading back up the hill to finish our movie ‘Australia’ and had to bed. Very excited to explore this little place in the morning with a bit more light and also meet up with J,J, & H again for brunch at Stow-on-the-Wold, another beautiful Cotswold town.

      Asher ☺️
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    • Day 29

      Manchester to Stratford-Upon-Avon

      July 13 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Road trip south today to catch up with Sarah & Paul. They visited us earlier this year in Melbourne.

      The EV tyres needed to be adjusted with the four of us plus luggage. I’ve learnt a great deal from Alan about electric vehicles. This Kia is a great car.

      After a delicious lunch with Gail & Alan we headed off to Reading. We will see them again tomorrow.

      The afternoon activity was to firstly visit a historically important manor and gardens that is owned by the National Trust.

      Records of the Hidcote Manor date back to 1539 but the gardens were more recent when they were established by a Lawrence Johnston who bought the 287 acre Hidcote estate in 1907 for £7,200.

      Lawrence moved into Hidcote and began to build his dream, of a world class garden and it is magnificent. The garden has plants from all around the world and is brim full of colour and bees!

      Hidcote was transferred to the National Trust in 1948. We thoroughly enjoyed wandering around admiring the different sections. A truly classic English garden.

      Next stop was to visit one of the areas oldest pubs. On the way we called in to pick up Emily (Sarah & Paul’s daughter).

      Emily and her partner Toby have just bought a brand new 3 story house in an estate that was an airfield during the war. She was very excited to show us through. Emily is a fabulous artisan baker and Toby is becoming a plumber. Cute couple.

      The Fleece Inn is also owned by the National Trust and was originally built in the early 15th century as a farmhouse. It later became a pub and remained in the Byrd family until 1977 when Lola Taplin bequeathed it to the National Trust. The Inn suffered serious fire damage in the thatch roof in February 2004 but survived. The entrance is barely 6 foot high and the bar seats only 4 patrons who didn’t mind posing for a photo. All the other rooms are set up for meals or a quiet place for a pint. The fireplace even has the original white circle markings to ward off witches.

      Back to Sarah & Paul’s for a delicious home cooked meal. Toby joined us, so we got to meet him for the first time. The workers get up early so they took off after dinner.

      At dusk we all took a walk to check out their allotment which are strips of land you rent on which you grow vegetables and flowers. It is a great concept and we checked out the tomatoes, lettuce, beans, rhubarb, squash, and more.

      Then we wandered down into the village and like all of these estates there is a manor. It is a beautiful place here. No wonder Paul & Sarah love living here so much.
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    • Day 9

      Shakespeare' Birthplace

      July 5 in England ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Today, we spent time wandering the streets of Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire having a gander at the Bard's house (outside only as Jenny and I went through it in 2009); and then onto the centuries-old family home of Anne Hatthaway, Shakespeare's wife.Read more

    • Day 4


      September 2 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Upon fair England's verdant shores we tread,
      Young Emma and her Kyle, love's flame in bloom,
      With hearts as light as dreams that lovers wed,
      In search of distant lands, to chase the gloom.

      A chance, a twist of fate, our path was shown,
      Stratford-upon-Avon's name did beckon near,
      The birthplace of a bard, where dreams are sown,
      A poet's legacy whispered in the air.

      Yet, Kyle, amidst this land of rich delight,
      With Shakespeare's legacy and history's grace,
      He knew, with Emma by his side so bright,
      Her love outshone all England's finest place.

      For though this land be wondrous to behold,
      In Emma's love, his heart did find its gold.
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    • Day 6

      Wootton Wawen and Warwick

      July 28 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Today was about mooching through antique shops, although with a church in every place we visited a couple of them too. St Mary's in Warwick had scaffolding around its tower for renovation so didn't look so good from the outside. Inside is still lovely. Another amazing looking pipe organ - I want to hear someone play it!

      The church at Wootton Wawen (what a quaint name!) is the oldest in Warwickshire and dates to Saxon times, 700s. Back to antiques, we went to Wootton Wawen for a vintage and antiques place. The Yewtree Farm Courtyard Shopping centre is a selection of shops in old converted farm buildings. We didn't buy any antiques and my favourite shop sold artisan wares. Don't you love those cute knitted woolly pictures? Sadly the artisan chocolate shop closed early 😢
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    • Day 3

      Warwick Castle

      July 25 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      A visit to Warwick Castle. I love the ancient building and the way they've made it come to life with wax characters. The grounds are beautiful. Lots of visitors as it is school holidays here. We walked a lot and climbed many steps. Pleasant weather and a lovely day.Read more

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