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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea April 5th 2010

I’ve now packed up work and I was in full preparation for a boot sale filled weekend. For those in the USA boot sales are a little like yard sales, we drive our cars in convoy at 5:30am to a large field unpack our boots and sell out wares from any old table or rail we can lay our hands on. It’s usually freezing cold too so we hop from one foot to another whilst attempting to smile and negotiate a decent price for a CD we’ve already attempted to sell on Ebay twice. As it happens a few drinks in the pub on Thursday afternoon to bid farewell to my cracking colleagues actually ended up with me drinking far too much wine, falling through the door totally drunk to the point where my husband put ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex April 3rd 2010

Good Friday went to Audley End House, Thaxted and Finchingfield, places I'd not been to before!... read more
Funny Shaped Bushes
Gardens
Fountains

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea March 29th 2010

Doesn't time fly?! I always thought when i was younger making that statement was a sign of getting old but looking back Christmas seems just like yesterday which sounds even more cliché. My diary is full of lunches, dinners, drinks and reminders to see, eat with, call and e-mail friends prior to our leaving date which catch me unawares even if they have been in there for months. Recently the Brides (three wonderful ladies who all got married within the same year as me) took a trip to London. For the first time ever I actually did something in London other than shopped! Mark and i are living in what can only be described as a pigsty. I've never seen our house look so terrible it's like in one of those programmes you watch on the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea February 24th 2010

So Sunday 7th Feb we got up early to leave Phuket, now we hadn't actually planned any transport back to Bangkok as the agency bus ticket prices were ridiculous so we decided to just go to the bus station ourselves and hope for the best, which worked! Got tickets for a 15 hour bus ride to Bangkok for under £10 each! Bus left around lunchtime , journey was ok, air conditioning broke for a while which wasn't pleasant, but we managed to sleep for a few hours before arriving in Bangkok around 3am! Jumped straight into a taxi back to the backpacker district of Ko San Road where we decided to get a hotel room for a few more hours sleep, found one for about £4 a night, was actually one we looked at when we ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Braintree February 3rd 2010

Here you go Alan! Today is the day of our departure and Fay wanted to show you how ridiculous we look with our backpacks on!... read more

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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex January 27th 2010

My friend Tina and I went to London in 07 and had a grest time! We wisited the normal tourist sights like Madame Tussauds, The British museum, saw Big Ben and went fora ride in the London Eye. After a couple of days sightseeing we used the rest of the time shopping in Camden. Unlike Oxford street where the crowd of people are overwhelming, Camden is a much more relaxed area:)... read more
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Madame Tussauds

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Braintree January 21st 2010

Before Trip - Two weeks to go! Hello everyone And welcome to our inagural travel blog entry. First of all we would like to thank Mel and Jez for giving us the idea for a Travel Blog in the first place - we hope to make ours as entertaining as yours were! There are less than two weeks left now before our 4 month adventure begins and things are begining to get very exciting and slightly nervy! Whilst worrying is has always been my forte', Fay, my calming influence, is also begining to worry about things like: Will the Humidity make me look like Diana Ross?! How will i cope without straighteners?! Will I be wearing the same clothes in all my photos? Whilst my worries are more aligned to - Do we have the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea January 5th 2010

So Happy New Year! I am getting so bored of saying that and typing it into every e-mail at work. Although, everytime i feel myself getting a little grouchy with my work computer i am reminding myself that it won't be long until i say farewell to it. I do secretley do a little dance in my head and sing a song to myself everytime i have this thought. Everyone now knows that we have booked our tickets and the reactions varied from shock to tears to total excitement for us. I know we will miss everyone just as much as they will us but i just feel as if nothing can stop us now! I'm sure i will feel homesick at times, like my Hubster said i too have been thinking about the things i ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex September 14th 2009

We found this fascinating. In a big shopping mall on the food court, we found healthy, fresh food. This is east of Greater London. I don't know if it's common in the UK. ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex August 24th 2009

Hello Sinners! It has been a while since we have done a blog as Fiona and I have been enjoying spending time at home. As you may recall we enjoyed our times at the intentional communities we visited in the States and we wanted to try one closer to home. So last week we headed off to Bradwell in Essex. Noted for being by the sea and by a nuclear power station! This has meant that although there is some lovely scenery there is not much development, as for some reason people don't want to live nearby? So off we went last Saturday, our bikes strapped to the car, and readied ourselves for a relaxing week. Some of you may not know that Fiona has got the cooking bug and will soon head to Duxford for ... read more
Village green
Follow the path
Inside the ancient chapel




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