Robyn Hoffmann

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Robyn Hoffmann




Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bakewell September 29th 2019

Jim and Janet headed off on Tuesday to pick up their new caravan a couple of hours drive away, very exciting. Rob and I spent a relaxing morning then headed into Bakewall for a while in the afternoon to post some postcards and say hi to Bob and June. The caravan was collected and they set up in a caravan park near the dealer to do a test run for the night. Wednesday I took Bob and June to a medical appointment then Rob over to Chesterfield to a specialist appointment. Arriving at the Hospital in Chesterfield I was amazed to see there was a fruit and veg stall at the entrance! Apparently the NHS food is that bad. Had to take a photo of that! Arrived home to Jim and Janet pulling in the caravan ... read more
Jim the conductor
Jim the conductor doing his thing
Jim the conductor doing his thing

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire September 6th 2019

Janet volunteers on a Friday at Chatsworth House,which is about 3 miles from their place. The definite bonus of this is that we can get into the house for free instead of paying £24! Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. "Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash. There are over 30 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, ... read more
The Painted Hall Chatsworth (2)
The Painted Hall Chatsworth
The Painted Hall Chatsworth (3)

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bakewell September 3rd 2019

Tuesday Jim, Janet and I set off early for the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, 10 miles west of Birmingham. It is an open air museum of rebuilt buildings. It is set on land reclaimed from a railway goods yard, disused lime kilns, canal arm and former coal pits. There are over 50 shops, houses and other industrial buildings from around the area which have been relocated to form a specially built village. It portrays life spanning 300 years of history, with a focus on 1850-1950. The area is known as the Black Country due to the coal mining, coking, iron foundries, glass factories, brickworks and steel mills which all produced a high level of air pollution and made the buildings etc black. It was the most wonderful day out, and it was a whole ... read more
Street of shops
Fish and chip shop
Inside the fish and chip shop

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bakewell August 30th 2019

Fridays Janet volunteers at Chatsworth House, which is about 3 miles away. It is a very impressive house that is well worth a look both the house and the gardens. Each year they hold a country fair which I have been hearing about for years but this year I'm here for it. Rob, Jim and I went on Friday and Janet, Jim and Jim's mum Ann went on Saturday. It was a bit like the Perth Show without all the judging of things. There was a main arena with displays all day and some rides and then rows and rows of tents selling everything from country clothing, petware, gifts, food and samples, lots of gin stalls to cars and BBQ huts. We had pretty good weather with a few small showers but nothing to put a ... read more
Mary Berry and Alan Titchmarsh at Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bakewell August 24th 2019

Heading home to Derbyshire today from London, but had to stob to take a photo of the Raks News and Religious Goods Shop! We passed it each day on the bus and it was just down the street from a Catholic church. We thought it was such an interesting combination of everything, it it also sold lottery tickets and was an off-licence, so it had everything covered. Sadly it was closed when we stopped as I would have loved to have popped in. Good trip back considering it was a long weekend. Went to see Janet's mum and dad, Bob and June to pick up the dogs (Twix and Poppy - cocker spaniels). They live in an amazing old house in Bakewell with a beautiful garden. It was lovely to see them again and they welcomed ... read more
The shop with everything
BBQ up the mountain
What a spot for a BBQ!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 23rd 2019

Today was Buckingham Palace day. The State rooms are only open 10 weeks a year and a friend told me there was an Exhibition called QUEEN VICTORIA'S PALACE on at the moment so I booked online before I came over and off we went. I love the show Young Victoria so I was really looking forward to it. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, a special exhibition, Queen Victoria’s Palace , tells the story of how the young queen transformed Buckingham Palace from a private house into a working royal residence. Together with Prince Albert, she made Buckingham Palace a rallying point for the nation, a powerful symbol of the British Monarchy, and a family home for their nine children. You can see more of the exhibition url=https://www.rct.uk/collection/themes/exhibitions... read more
The Australian Gates at Buckingham Palace
Other side of The Australian Gates at Buckingham Palace
Changing of the Guard

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 22nd 2019

Janet and Robert were catching the train down from Bakewell this morning so we needed to meet them at St Pancras Station at midday. We caught the bus (getting very good at that - also getting good at beating people to the front seat on the top!) into the British Library, it is the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued. It is estimated to contain 170–200 million+ items from many countries. The building is HUGE. They had an exhibition called Writing:Making your Mark which followed the history of writing, from Egyptian hieroglyphs to digital breakthroughs and everything in between. It was very interesting and we both really enjoyed it. We had a bit of a look around the library and then off to meet the train. St Pancras Station is an ... read more
St Pancras Station
The Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 21st 2019

Travelling solo for the morning as Jim had some work to get done. Caught buses into Harrods for the obligatory visit. The facade was covered in scaffolding as were a lot of the buildings in the area, so it didn't look as welcoming as my previous visit 22 years ago. My favourite place is the food hall. So many amazing products and all presented so very beautifully, also all costing a pretty penny. The flowers were stunning, I was admiring a beautiful bunch and then looked at the price - £200!!!!! Oh boy! The Harrods merchandise section that was a small corner 22 years ago has morphed into most of the basement. You can buy anything imaginable with the Harrods logo on it. Continued down Brompton Rd and came to Brompton Oratory , the parish church ... read more
Harrods
Harrods
Brompton Oratory

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London August 20th 2019

Well here we go, another tip and another blog :) Flew Thai Airlines from Perth-Bangkok-London, good fights as 22hr flights go. No airsickness yay! which meant I could sightsee out the window. Things that struck me: Bangkok is HUGE. Flying in at night and looking at all the lights was amazing and they went forever. Bangkok airport is a very grey uninspiring place with long convoluted process to get to your next place and no-one smiles! Loved looking out the window and seeing lights and trying to identify on the flight tracker where we were. There are wind turbines in the sea off the coast of England! I seriously thought I was seeing things! It is quite incredible to see ships passing through them and to marvel at the size they must be and how.... Amazing, ... read more
The patchwork farm quilt of South-West England
Selfridges
Selfridges

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Larne June 19th 2015

Our conference was held at Drumaliswhich is the most incredible venue. Our SPRED conference was amazing. Lots of time to reflect, small group sharing, a mass each day with all of us involved. There were two priest there, one from USA and the other from Malta. Portions of the mass were said in Maltese when Father Trevor was celebrating the mass. We had music from USA, Malta and Spanish. One of the masses we were asked to say the Our Father in our own language. I had Spanish one side of me and Gallic the other, which was really powerful to have such a thing in common, and to hear all the different ways to say the same prayer. In our small groups I has 3 Scottish Sisters, 2 other Scots and American and me. The ... read more
My room
Drumalis gardens
Drumalis gardens




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