Page 14 of NigelR Travel Blog Posts

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire July 23rd 2009

Another fab day! Gorgeous weather again and both Nigel and Lori got out for a longer run along the canal away from town. Sightings of 3 swan families with babies, sheep and lambs (cute), cows and a chicken and her chicks! All along the canal path but conveniently on the other side of the canal! Really enjoyable running path. Then after lunch we all headed out to Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. It was another spectular home that we toured around. Then on to the museum where the kids had a blast exploring toys from all the generations back to the 1800's. They even went up a chimney and came out another chimney! We stopped at Ye Olde Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray to pick up some pies, but alas, at 5pm ... read more
Chimney sweep
Biking along the canal
Riding in Harby

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire July 22nd 2009

Well, no chance to blog yesterday as we spent the night in Norwich (Marlingford to be specific) visiting Audrey (Lori's dad's cousin). We arrived around lunch time and after grabbing a quick bite to eat (beans on toast & melton mowbray pie), we took a tour of the area with her providing interesting commentary. Lori's dad will be pleased to hear we went to St. Edmunds Church and saw where his grandfather was buried (Walter) and grandmother (Ann). We drove around Old Costessey and saw the farmhouse where Cyril was raised and lots of other family historical tidbits. Then to our first pub, The Red Lion, for dinner and some pints. Woke up Wednesday to more sunshine (is this really England??) and strange quiet (ahhhhh, the chickens are back in Harby). So, after visiting with Audrey ... read more
Tiniest frog ever
Audrey's back garden
Lori and Audrey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire July 20th 2009

In the a.m., I went for a run along the canal towpath. Thought it was an irrigation canal. Turns out it was a coal-towing canal from late 1800s, abandoned for that use when the trains came in. Right near our house I came across two swans and a family of Mallard ducklings. Later we took the kids to "England's Wonderland." It's like Canada's Wonderland only in some ways better. There are roller coaster rides of course but there are also animals, a corn maze, and loads of physical things for the kids to wear themselves out on like an obstacle course, zip lines, enourmous play park, and nerf ball shooting. They had a blast. The park was in the town of Melton Mowbry - world famous for their pork pie. I got to eat exactly none ... read more
Scale that wall
Easy does it

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire July 19th 2009

Lori went for a run along Colston Lane passing many farms and a Stilton cheese factory (Uncle Paul might like that). Then we went to town (Grantham) and shopped for groceries at ASDA (not unlike Loblaw's) which was busy. After lunch, we went to Belton House. We had a bit of a "european vacation" driving experience doing some traffic circles a few times. The driving is actually not bad, it's the signage that keeps things interesting (putting it nicely). We also were able to check out the city centre of Grantham several times (maybe we just liked it or maybe we could not quite get in the right lane at the right time) but we managed to make it back to our home in one piece! Phew! Belton House was gorgeous. It was the location of ... read more
Chickens 1; Robertsons 0
Belton House
Zip Line

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Leicestershire » Leicester July 18th 2009

Well, we made it! The travel itself was actually uneventful (a good thing). Flight was shorter than planned by almost an hour so we made it to Birmingham with plenty of time to clear customs, get baggage and meet the Foxalls and get their car. Very nice family and they were excited to begin their journey. Nigel was really tense about the driving for the first 5 minutes and I navigated (that was actually much harder than driving it turned out). But we managed to follow the directions perfectly (traffic circles and all!) and made it to Wharflands (our new abode) in just over an hour. The day was just a rest day really (the kids did sleep on the flight but really, is a xouple hours any better than no sleep?) So, we arrived, did ... read more
Zip line

North America » Canada » Ontario » Pickering July 13th 2009

This Friday, July 17th, we're swapping houses with a family we met on the internet, in England. They'll live in our house, we'll live in theirs. We're going to do a photo blog of our vacation. It'll be like you're there! Subscribe to this feed and we'll add you to the mailing list. Nigel & Lori... read more

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