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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle August 6th 2013

Friday 2nd August Another excellent full English breakfast at Quarryside B&B in Banks at 8am and I was back on the walk at 9am. The weather was quite dull to start with but after about an hour it brightened up considerably and required a stop to find my sun hat and apply sun cream. On every other morning so far I had creamed-up before setting off as most days started warm and sunny. There is a very short stretch of wall just as you leave Banks but that was the last I was to see of Hadrian's Wall for the rest of the walk. The vallum and the spoil mounds were still visible in places but the middle third of the walk really does contain all the wall remains. These last two days were also very ... read more
The Old Brewery
Beaumont Church
Burgh by Sands Church

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 22nd 2012

Less than two weeks to go now and still a few things to finalise. Our final team meal last week gave us a chance to have a last catch up before Christmas and New Year. Talk so far has focussed on our vocational days, what to pack, how the presentation is looking and our nerves about leaving our normal lives behind for a whole month! Meeting up regularly has given us all the opportunity to get to know each other. We have also been sending lots of texts and e-mails amongst ourselves as we become friendlier. The group dynamics are changing all of the times and I’m sure that they will continue to do so as we spend more time together and learn more about each other. Some of us have e-mailed our hosts and had ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 21st 2012

I have just received the details of my vocational visits and am looking forward to the following programme: · Udupi: Yoga centre at KMC hospital. · Mangalore: Srinivas Hospital and AJ Hospital, both of which are attached to medical colleges. · Mysore: Vikram Hospital and an Ayurveda Spa. · Hassan: Jayashree Nursing Home (a smaller hospital) and the district Government Hospital. · Shimogga: District medical office at the McGann Hospital Thank you to District 3180 for arranging all of this for me. Diane... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 11th 2012

For somebody who has four jobs, this is a rather difficult question to answer! An even more challenging task is trying to accommodate the different vocational goals of four people within an itinerary packed full of cultural visits; Rotary projects, meetings and presentations; travelling; and time spent with host families. We were therefore very excited to receive the details of our vocational visits yesterday. A great amount of effort has been made to arrange the visits, which include a yoga centre and ayurvedic spa for me; a farm and an agricultural college for Emily; a hotel and a bakery for Nicola; and a newspaper office and a PR department for Tracy. A few queries have been raised about some of the visits and the prompt and positive responses are much appreciated. I look forward to receiving ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 7th 2012

Angie kindly drew up a packing list for us all several weeks ago. With less than four weeks to go now, I feel it is time to make a start on this. It always amazes me when I see how little some people manage to travel with. I would really like to achieve this one day. I am sure that if I laid out everything I would like to take with me, there would not be enough room for it all. Also, there definitely would not be any room for all those friends and Rotarians who have told me they want to come too! Perhaps a magic potion to reduce everything in size for packing, and to return them to their original state in India, will do the trick?! A few days ago, somebody said I ... read more


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle November 28th 2012

Our first blog post! Just five weeks now until we head to India for our trip so I thought I would post a first blog entry to get us started! Most of you will know that we are taking part in the Group Study Exchange (GSE) through Rotary International. We have been lucky enough to be chosen to visit Karnataka in South West India to learn more about our vocations and the good work of Rotary International. Some quick introductions: Angie Biggs (Kendal) – Team Leader and retired English Teacher Nicola Howarth (Kendal South Westmorland) – Senior Chef De Partie Diane Livingstone (Carlisle Castle) – Information Analyst Emily Maclean (Kendal) – Training Project Coordinator Tracy Calvert (Carlisle South) – Communications Officer Lots of planning and preparation work has been going on behind the scenes to make ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle April 28th 2012

April 28, 2012 – Heading South Today we are on the road, heading south to Dover. We stayed in Carlisle last night, which was situated at the top end of the Lakes District. Pretty countryside, but Carlisle itself was fairly ordinary. It had the obligatory castle and cathedral, and a reasonably nice shopping district – we had a look through the cathedral, which housed a very impressive collection of silver church artifacts and some Roman artifacts, as well as the most beautiful pipe organ I've ever seen. The cathedral architecture was impressive. That said, we were out of Carlisle fairly early this morning – the trip to Dover is fairly long (by UK standards) so we wanted to ensure that we have some time to look around Dover before heading to Margate tomorrow to meet my ... read more
P1000569 - Farm at Carlisle
P1000570 - White Cliffs at Dover
P1000571 - Stunning Weather at Dover

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle December 21st 2011

Sailing the High Seas The time has come to leave mainland Europe! Unfortunately the agreement between the Aussie Government and the European Union is to allow Aussies to stay in Europe for only 3 months. I can return once I spend 3 months outside of the Schengen countries – which is the majority of Europe. I was left with two options; go home and settle back into normal life, or go back to England and make the most of my UK visa that expires in May 2013. I’m not quite homesick yet, plus I came to terms with missing out on summer (what summer?), so I chose the latter! To date I have explored Europe by many modes of transport; bus, car, plane, train, tram, raft and foot. There was only one mode left; ... read more
Ho Ho Ho
Giddy Up!
York Minster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle September 23rd 2011

Today is our last day in Scotland and another chapter in our adventure will soon come to a close. Today finds us in Falkirk on a drizzly morning on our way to the famous Falkirk Wheel. This ingenious Scottish invention was developed to enable boats to use the Firth and Clyde, and Union canals without using traditional locks to lift them the 35 metre difference in level. We arrived at The Wheel just in time to buy our tickets and board the next tour boat. It was full of older local people on a day’s bus tour. As we started our boat trip we overheard one elderly lady say, “I thought we were only coming to see The Wheel, not ride it”. We had the usual safety message which mentioned there was no point in looking ... read more
Boat on its way up
The Border Districts
Garden of Remembrance

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria » Carlisle July 11th 2011

This morning we had a train to catch at 9.12am from Keighley Station to Carlisle so, with military precision, we were all organised and ready to leave the house by a quarter past eight. It is only a few miles from Haworth to, but we didn't know how heavy peak hour traffic between the two might be and we didn't want to miss out on a car park at the station. So, we were parked and purchasing our tickets from the ticket office before 8.30am!! And then the train didn't arrive until 9.30am due to signalling faults!! Still, way better to be killing time at the station reading trashy English newspapers, than stressing out in traffic worrying about missing the train. The point of our journey today was to ride the historic Settle Carlisle Railway and ... read more
Station on the Settle Carlisle Railway
The Citadel, Carlisle
Carlisle Cathedral

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