United Kingdom

Wales and York and their funny accents

We were staying in a REALLY posh place in Ludlow where we were living far above our rank (to quote my Dad). We thought we had better get out after 2 nights because it took too much energy to keep up the good behaviour. From there we drove over the Welsh border and rode over a huge aqueduct in a canal boat and enjoyed visiting a couple of unpronounceable Welsh towns. We love listening to the locals speak and often get the giggles. They are probably doing the same when they hear the MOTH say ‘owyagowin?’. I often have to interpret both ways. People look blankly at Colin with his Aussie speak and then to me for help. I’m going to start charging interpreter fees.

We are currently staying near Filey in a POSH caravan, or what we would call a ‘mobile home’ in Australia. Really you would have to see it to believe it although we can’t seem to get hot water without turning on the heating as well. Since we are pretty cold thats ok at night. The locals think they are having a heat wave because its 21 degrees. You should hear them. ‘Its just too hot. I hope it doesn’t get any hotter than this!’

We’ve loved the usual spread of castles and ruins and eaten plenty of carbs and carbs and carbs. Tonight I am eating fruit to balance them all out. The MOTH is eating more carbs, but then he won’t put on the pud so it doesn’t matter.

Yesterday we spent the day in Whitby and Scarborough. Whitby in particular is amazing and has a lot to see without being too big or overrun with tourists. The two photos below are from Whitby…

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We are currently an hours drive from York but we spent the day there today and loved it. We went to the Railway museum for about 2 hours (or more) and thought of Dad heaps. He would be so excited to see it he would leap out of his boots! It’s the biggest in the world and very nicely displayed in an old train station. I took plenty of snaps for him but I’ve got no eye for trains so I probably photographed the wrong things… like the pretty interiors if carriages😀

My highlight today was getting to hold a massive European owl. I had a thick glove on but it was very heavy and at one point it saw a pigeon and wanted to go after it so it was flapping its wings almost knocking me over. Still, I got the mandatory photo and that’s what matters!

One more day here and then we are off to Windermere in the Lakes district.

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London 2013

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Our flight to London was 26 hours but mostly smooth sailing. Regardless of that, we were so exhausted when we arrived at 6 am that we appeared drugged to all and kept misplacing things and getting lost. The MOTH (man of the house) even read ‘caramelised chickpeas’ on a pkt which really said ‘Cajun chicken’!

Regardless, we managed to make it until 5.30pm before passing out. I’ve got no idea what we did all day but there are photos:) Yesterday we were out on the hop on hop off bus and then the medieval banquet at Katherine Dock which was run by a medieval Asian woman (!). We walked back to the hotel at 11pm so again, exhausted.

Today we are going to the natural history museum and to meet up with a friend we haven’t seen for 25 years. Hopefully our eyes won’t be hanging out of our heads!

2013 Trip to the UK

Leaving on June the 11th 2013, we plan to explore the UK by car in a leisurely 8 week stroll, typical of us Australians who spend so much time and money getting over there we want to make the most of it.

24+ hours in a plane? ‘Aint nobody got time for dat!’

We are excited to catch up with a friend in London and my cousin in Ireland as well as lot’s of time on our own exploring the castles and remote areas including the islands off Scotland. We’ve booked a thatched roof cottage in ‘Sneem‘ in the Cork country of Ireland on the coast out in the middle of nowhere so that should be interesting!

Here’s the itinerary for anyone following us on our travels:

  • 11th June: Leave for London- Arrive 12th
  • 15th June: Ludlow- England
  • 17th June: Filey- England
  • 21st June: Windermere- England
  • 25th June: Edinburgh- Scotland
  • 28th June: Nairn- Scotland
  • 5th July: Isle of Skye- -Scotland
  • 7th July: Oban -Scotland
  • 9th July: -Glasgow Scotland
  • 10th July: Fly to Dublin
  • 11th July:Waterford- Ireland
  • 13th July: Drimnamore (1.5 k from Sneem) – Ireland (no internet for a week… or shops… are there people there even?)
  • 20th July: Galway- Ireland
  • 21st of July: Drumshanbo- Ireland with my cousin Marisa!
  • 22nd of July: Skerries- Ireland (Dublin)
  • 25th July: Fly to Canary Islands- Spain
  • 1st of August: Fly back to London
  • 3rd of August fly home to Melbourne (arrive home at 5am on the 5th of August)