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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Burford August 22nd 2016

Looks like a perfect day for some hiking through the fields and trails of the Cotswolds. It is such a quiet location we have on the hill above Stroud and serene surroundings with a large grassy area in front of the apartment. Breakfast in the covered area in front of the apartment is a relaxing way to start the day although we are sure Wendy has other ideas with a walk she has got planned for us. Gretchen worked with Wendy at the rest home in Matua. However we have had probably more association with Wendy and her sister Sharon through helping them plan their big overseas holiday a couple of years ago which sparked Wendy’s interest to work in England after she returned from that holiday and got saving seriously for the airfare. We are ... read more
Pathway through where there had recently been some sort of grain growing.
Late summer rose
Pumping for water on the village green

It is Sunday and what better to do than have a lie in. We plan to take the short drive to Kingswood just below the Cotswold escarpment to check out some of the places one side of my mother’s family, came from. Mum’s father was born in New Zealand to immigrants who arrived in Wellington; NZ in the latter part of the 1800’s.Why they came to New Zealand is not clear but as far as I can find out my Great Grandfather was the only one of a large family to emigrate. Through various websites we have been able to follow their movements at 10 year intervals of English census’ in the village of Kingswood which back in the 1800’s had a sizeable mill like many of the villages surrounding Wotton-under-Edge, the principal town in the ... read more
St Marys Virgin Church,Kingswood
Inside the gate(mid picture)is the location of my G G Grandparents graves
The Walk,Kingswood

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Stroud August 20th 2016

The BBA V3 is ripping along towards its final days and our three days in West Wales has gone in a blur. The wind and the rain really performed overnight and it is not that often we are awoken by weather events going on outside but last night was one of them. The wind has died away a bit but there are still showers passing by as we get ourselves ready for the relatively short drive to Selsley West near Stroud in the Cotswolds for another three night stop. Checking the weather ahead though is interesting as the weather office is predicting up to 30C for next Wednesday in London! We have been very comfortable in the loft above the garage at the rear of Clive’s property. The Air BnB page showed he had a wife ... read more
Abergavenny town houses
A tour of the back streets

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Pembrokeshire » St Davids August 19th 2016

As forecast the rain and wind did arrive overnight and this morning it is still raining so a good excuse to stay in bed a little longer as we are going to be later hitting the road to the far west of Wales. By the time we thought we had better be stirring, the sky was starting to look a little more like clearing. We haven’t had much rained off on us on the BBA V3 with the wettest days being when we have been travelling between accommodations. The west coast of Wales comes with some wild beauty and it may be that the wind that got up overnight might have made the seas on the coast the weather was coming from a little rougher and provide some photo opportunities. Our plan is to head northwest ... read more
Lower Fishguard river and basin
The houses along the quay,Lower Fishguard
The Stena ferry off to Ireland from Fishguard

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 19th 2016

Today is the day of the Benvie Reunion party luncheon and the second cousins from Montrose and Brechin are coming down to catch up. Also ,Amber who came to Tauranga late last year for a short period as she was completing her training as a doctor and her parents Ian and Carol who had visited us earlier in 2015.Ian is the son of John, who was Aileen’s late husband. So it really is time of great reunion! Carolyn and Trevor have gone to great lengths to make the day enjoyable and we can’t thank them enough and makes us feel very privileged to be part of the clan. Somehow they have put together a huge square table so all 16 of us can sit around together making it easier for conversation. We did offer to help ... read more
Rural view Arncroach
Turnips growing under cover
Watching the alpacas watching us

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Carmarthenshire » Ammanford August 18th 2016

Another reasonable day of weather ahead before it all turns to custard overnight. There are prospects for the weather then clearing tomorrow from around midday. So we will head off to the Brecon Beacons today in the hope that we can find a trail and do some hiking. While we are out and about we plan to get as far as Talgarth a town we heard about on a TV programme a year or so ago. The town was in need of some rejuvenation and the community applied to the Lottery Grant Commission and received enough money to repair a rather dilapidated building that had been a flour mill with a water mill and also built a cafe which serves bread, scones etc using flour from the mill. So we thought we would go and see ... read more
Only building remains where lime was mined,Black Hills
Sealed off lime mine
Some Welsh lamb on the hoof

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Carmarthenshire » Ammanford August 17th 2016

Who the heck are Eddie Stobart and Arnold Clark? They have been following us around Europe and the UK since the BBA V3 started in March.. If you know who they are then OK, otherwise more about them later. We have survived the second night on the BBA V3’s worst and hardest bed. But only just! OK ,you will say if you pay 45 quid a night in Blackpool at the height of the English summer this is what you get. And you would probably be right. We knew the ‘cosy apartment ‘would be small as the dimensions were given on the webpage when we booked but they didn’t say anything about the bed. In fact there hadn’t been any recent comments from previous guests about just how hard the bed was! Perhaps the English ... read more
The kitchen and lounge,Blackpool 'cosy apartment' and that is about it
The rear of the apartment building and the driveway to the car park,Blackpool
Lindisfarne Holiday Apartments,Blackpool

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Blackpool August 16th 2016

We survived the night on what must be the hardest bed in the world.We are sure even prisoners in jail get a softer bed than what we have! Being tired certainly helps and if we are going to have repeat this tonight then we had better take a long hike today to make ourselves tired tonight. The weather today is perfect, mid 20’s by mid morning and it looks like the English summer has arrived for us. We will make the most of it as long as it lasts. We plan to wander the Blackpool promenade and take in how the English spend their day at the beach. And then as we need some more grocery supplies we will walk to a supermarket to get what we need. First though its breakfast and a dose of ... read more
The gathered holidaymakers
There a few people testing the sea water
Ready for the big drop on the rollercoaster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lancashire » Blackpool August 15th 2016

Our two days with Carolyn and Trevor have gone in a flash and today we are off to Blackpool after a little more digging around the Angus area on ancestral matters. And not a bad day again has dawned which will give us dry weather for the reasonably long drive we face once we get onto the motorway and head southwest. First through Carolyn has got a special breakfast lined up for us of smoked salmon and scrambled egg, very tasty and something the BBA V3 hasn’t quite stretched too yet. Time for some photos in the garden to update those we already have from 2009 and then we are on our way after a memorable couple of days in Arncroach. We retraced our drive across the Tay Bridge to Dundee and headed first for Broughty ... read more
The firmly locked gates of Mount Rosa,Broughty Ferry.Home of the Banker of Dundee
A glimpse over the wall at the estate that is Mount Rosa,Broughty Ferry
Section HH,Balgay Cemetery,Dundee

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Fife August 13th 2016

We could have done with another couple of days in the Highlands but the place we have been staying at is so popular that we were even lucky to get the two days we did. We want to get to Arncroach as soon as we can so there was no lie in this morning and once breakfast was over it was time to pack up the car. Our hosts were heading out themselves as we were about to leave and after another half hour chat we were on our way. Our drive south would take us along the A939 to the A93 through Braemar and over the Glenshee pass before reaching the farmland at the foot of the Grampian Mountains and onto Dundee. We have a fine day ahead of us and even the temperature is ... read more
Can't get enough of the heather
Cosy lounge just big enough for a couple
Driveway to the chalet.Notice the yellow flowered crop on the hillside in contrast to the green

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