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    • Day 9

      9th November

      November 9 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Temperature: 8 degrees this morning with a high of 9 degrees.
      Went for pur walk early to beat the rain, and luckily enough, the rain only started when we were nearly back. 8 degrees might not sound that cold, but it felt like ice.
      Grocery shopping today at Sainsbury's before going to Garsons for lunch to celebrate Sue's birthday.
      Tonight went out to a Chinese place in Esher for dinner with Sue's son and wife, Jo.
      All the photos are from Garsons Farm Shop, this is a 5 minute walk from Sue's.
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    • Day 11

      11th November

      November 11 in England ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

      Esher/ Chichester
      Temperature: 2 degrees at 8 am and a high of 10 degrees.
      Beautiful autumn day.
      We had a lovely time out today. It took us just over an hour to get to Sussex to Weald and Download Living Museum. This is where the film The Repair Shop is filmed. The living museum is a huge place, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Loved the ride through the countryside and all the villages.
      All the photos are from the museum today.
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    • Day 12

      12th November

      November 12 in England ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Temperature: 5 degrees this morning and with a high of 9 degrees.
      Thank goodness it was nowhere near as cold this morning, but it has been an overcast miserable day. I guess yesterday's chill gave us an idea of what it's going to be like when we go on our trip to the Christmas Markets in Europe. Sue and I went for a walk after taking Michael to the train station to catch a train to London for the Rememberance Day March. Spent the rest of the day watching the parade on TV and knitting another pair of socks, nothing else to do.
      There is a storm coming, so we won't be going anywhere in the next couple of days.
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    • Day 10

      10th November

      November 10 in England ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Temperature: 7 degrees this morning with a high of 9 degrees.
      Caught the train up to London this morning.
      Spent 2.5 hours at Churchill Bunker, what an amazing place. Because it was so cold, we headed back to Waterloo Station, where we had lunch at Costa. After lunch, we managed to find out all the information for our other travels coming up, and where Michael catches the train on Sunday for the Rememberance Parade.
      We caught the train back to Esher, and by the time we arrived 3pm, the street lights were on.
      While in London today, we noticed a large number of police around on foot and horseback. The streets already have barricades up in place for Sunday for the Rememberance march.
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    • Day 15

      15th November

      November 15 in England ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Temperature; 8 degrees this morning and with a high of 12 degrees.
      Michael and I trained in Waterloo, and then went off to Greenwich while I spent the day walking the streets of London. Even though the sun was out, there was no sun on the streets, and there was a chilly breeze. I had to run back to meet Michael at Waterloo Station in time to catch the train back to Sue's. We both had a great day out doing our own thing.
      I loved just looking at all the buildings and people watching.
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    • Day 7

      Swinley Forest

      June 28, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Unser erster Biketrip im Swinley Forest.
      Okay, wo sind hier die Berge, naja egal wird schon. Dann fahren dir doch erst mal die Blaue Line. Man war das ein Reinfall…. es ging nur einen kleinen Teil bergauf, der Rest war eher eben und ging kreuz und quer irgendwie durch den Wald. Es war einfach super anstrengend, da man super viel pedalieren musste. Unten wieder angekommen dachten wir uns so, die rote Line wird bestimmt besser.
      Naja, viel besser war die auch nicht… nur ein kleines Stück, da konnte man dann mal wirklich bergab fahren 😅

      Nachdem wir dann komplett erledigt am Van ankamen sind wir dann zum nächsten „Bikepark“ gefahren und haben dort auf einem Waldparkplatz übernachtet.
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    • Day 9

      Louvre & Musee de l’Armee

      June 10, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Our quick trip to Paris culminated with a visit to:
      - Army Museum, covering all things war, from the stone age through WW II;
      - A view of Napoleon Bonaparte’s coffin under the golden dome; and
      - A visit to the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum. Au revoir Paris!🇫🇷Read more

    • Day 21

      Bourne Mill Antiques Centre

      August 12 in England ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Today was a travelling day, heading for Kent. We had 6 hours to do a 3 hour trip so we planned a couple of deviations. This was a goldmine! Such a quaint Antiques shop in a lovely old building.

      There were several floors, but it's easy to lose track as the stairs seems to only ascend by half a floor. There were 23 rooms, with several dealers filling all the nooks and crannies including attic spaces. Ian kept bumping his head!

      We both found a couple of treasures. I bought a couple of music boxes.
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    • Day 40


      June 26 in England ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      I just couldn't resist another day in London, so the Knights and I got up early and headed in by train to London for a day of being tourists.
      It was a day to wander around so Lucy & Issac could get a feel for London and for us all to attend the theater that evening to see "Austentious."
      Arriving in to Waterloo, we headed for the Thames and walked to Westminister Bridge and took in the view of the House of Commons, Big Ben (very accurate clock😉)and then onto Westminister Abbey(the queues!). We then wandered our way up to Buckingham Palace(shame they built so close to the road😆) to be in time for "the Changing of the Guard" which was spectacular with the Royal Hussars on horseback. Onwards to St James Park(my favourite park) and then to the Horseguards parade where we were privileged to see the Royal Hussars again. We then headed to "The Mall" ( the Mall had no shops😒) and visited the memorial to Sir Keith Park. Then we headed for Knightsbridge but on the way got waylaid at Fortnum & Masons and I had to show the Knights my old haunts( Rowleys, Three Crowns, The Shirt Shop) in Jermyn St, most posh ' chaps.
      On our way to Knightsbridge, we stumbled across a delightful free house (as pubs are called) and had a spot of lunch, awfully nice(as one says in London). Couldn't resist going to Berkerley Square to view a few car show rooms.
      Then, a quick jaunt across Hyde Park and in Harrods! OMG! only fools and horses would part with their money in Harrods! The price of everything was ridiculous. Who pays $1,000 for a pair of running shoes? and $180 for one pair of socks? Still, it was worth a look, especially the food hall where white Asparagus was a mere $20 a head, Gordon Bennet!( as Delboy would say).
      At this point, we all went our separate ways until we met up for the theatre in the early evening, just off Leicester Square.
      We saw Austentious, which was a comedy about Jane Austen. The actors did the whole play impromptu, and it was so clever. A good way to end our London day out.
      On collecting the car, we spotted a fox in the carpark and another crossing the road. Sadly, foxes are ostricused here as they are seen as pests. However, they are beautiful looking animals, and I have now seen one in the flesh.
      Tomorrow, I head to Heathrow to fly to the Colonies and back to reality. There is a saying, " One who grows tired of London grows tired of life." However, I would say; "one who grows tired of the Motherland, grows tired of life." In my mind, Britian is still great, and England will always be "the Motherland." Long may we have a connection to Great Britian!
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    • Day 38

      The Gomshall Whisky Assoc meeting

      June 24 in England ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      A trip to see Gavin and Glenys would not be complete without a Whisky tasting session. As you may know, Gavin and I have started a Whisky still in NZ, and we bought some of our brew to England to partake in a " blind tasting." G& G invited their neighbour over, who is quite famous in the UK( more later) along with their British friends from Woking.. We had nibbles, etc, and then got down to the serious business of Whisky. Matt said a special Gallic ode for the proceedings and then judging began. To Gavin and I surprise, one of our brews won the competition .
      Their neighbour, Adam, is a local, and he is a landscape architect and does work for the Royal family. He regaled stories of his interactions with the family and the work he had done.
      Over the last few days, we have visited Abinger Hatch, Dorking, Peaslake, Godalming, and my ⁹favourite village, Shere. We walked the Pilgrims Way to Shere. The Pilfrims Way to a path stretching from Canterbury cathedral to Gloucester. The weather has been a real treat.
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