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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Beaconsfield April 23rd 2019

First stop today was to Morrison's in Bracknell as we had a few remaining items to get before we fly to Dubai UAE tomorrow. Next stop, Longacres Garden Centre in Bagshot. We are meeting George´s cousin Cliff and his wife Mary here for lunch. They have also taken delivery of several items for us, so we are picking those up too ready to pack for Dubai. A great lunch and it was nice to catch up again with Cliff and Mary. Back at the hotel, we got the two largest suitcases packed and sealed ready for the flight tomorrow. We were able to store these in the car boot overnight so no moving of heavy cases in the morning. That leaves just the smaller bags to finish off in the morning. Tonight, we met up with ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Beaconsfield April 22nd 2019

First stop today is at Tesco´s in Bicester, as we have realised Theresa did not pack her swimming costume. From there it was a short journey to Aston Clinton, Bucks where we met Anita who has just moved to the area. Anita was a work colleague of Georges when he worked in Ealing. Anita and her family had only moved in on Thursday so most things were still in boxes. We did get to have a look around the downstairs and the garden. Our second new house viewing of this trip. After a quick bacon sandwich and coffee we were on our way again. We did not want to hold them up for too long, as they obviously had lots to do. Hotel for tonight and tomorrow night is the Ibis at Beaconsfield. It is a ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Beaconsfield March 26th 2019

Thought it was easier to copy from Wikipedia. Bekonscot in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, is the oldest original model village in the world.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire March 22nd 2019

What a surprise. This is a really small village. One could imagine it being used as a Model Village or a setting for a Model railway. Quite olde world with a “real” butcher, an old fashioned motor garage. There is a town square and large church. The Village has its own sports and social building, not sure of the sport. There is a little shop and a spot to have a coffee. The public house (hotel) had a large car park.... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire August 27th 2018

Several weeks ago, we sailed on the Jewel of the Seas, a ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. It was quite a modest size at 90,000 tonnes and equipped to carry 2,500 passengers. Of all the cruise lines we have experienced thus far, this RCL ship appears to be one of the best designed ships. There was a good balance of activities (golf course, climbing wall, basketball/5-a-side football court) on board. We have heard so much positivity about the bigger ships that RCL have on offer; carrying the wow factor to another level, that we booked a mini cruise on one of the larger ships, the Independence of the seas that weighs in at an impressive 154,000 tonnes accommodating 4,370 passengers. We hear there are some unique features on this ship that we hope ... read more
Now that's my kind of wine glass
A 3D floral bird sculpture
The ornate aviary - Waddesdon Manor

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Olney April 5th 2018

It doesn't matter if you set your alarm for 5:30, you always wake up at 4:30! I had sorted out all my 'stuff' the night before and amazingly fitted it into the suitcase. It was very frosty as I dragged the suitcase up the hill to where I had parked the car. Finally got underway to the airport and then the challenge was to find the car rental returns. It was a rabbit warren. I think I drove around half the airport following the signs. Found the place eventually, locked the car, dropped off the keys in the slot and headed into the airport. This time through security was quick and painless. A nice change after all the other long wait times. The flight was uneventful but I had an aisle seat which didn't let me ... read more
Free Range Children
Cream Tea with the Kids
Castle Combe

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Olney April 4th 2018

Awoke to the beautiful picture of a loch, snow and mountains out of my window. Because I had left my bag in the car, I spread all my stuff out everywhere. The room looked like a bomb. I needed to get underway quite early this morning as I had a big day planned. Beautiful hot breakfast, tea and toast and I was on my way south towards a place called Kilmartin. Originally I had planned to go via the coast road as I hadn’t been there before but when I came to the turnoff, I changed my mind and went left instead of right. The left road took me over the mountains and it began to snow almost immediately. This road passes by the Glencoe ski fields and there was plenty of snow around! The snow ... read more
Driving REALLY Carefully
Spring?
Pots to You

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Buckingham April 1st 2018

After the looong flight from NZ we were very glad to get back to terra firma. By the time I'd grabbed a sim card for the phone Ani was waiting for us in the faithful Rover and whisked us off to Kew for champagne and orange and a stunning breakfast. Feeling replete we then wandered through Kew Gardens admiring the daffodils prior to lunch at the Coach and Horses on Kew Green. Good food and jet lag finally took their toll so we retreated to our hotel room and fell into a coma for about 12 hours. The next morning, following a full English breakfast, we made our way out to Buckingham to catch up with my uncle and aunt who promptly fed us then took us on a walk through Buckingham stopping on the way ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Great Missenden January 3rd 2018

With a 10 days to go, it seems our preoccupations are (in no particular order): making sure we leave our work in some semblance of order only selecting things to take that are either essential (shampoo, summer skirt and sandals) or light (tent, airbeds, sleeping bags etc etc) working out how cold it will be, in January, at night, in our tent in Torres del Paine. Answers offered range from very to not very. Turns out the cosy Vango"Banshee" is designed for two lying top to tail. Jan's gone banshee at the thought of sleeping with my feet Our sleeping mats are Big Agnes brand. When I describe lying on top of Big Agnes, please remember I am not referring to my beloved wife. you might be wondering about the relevance of the photo; as we ... read more


Our trip starts on the 12 July so we are looking forward to some exciting entries over the next month.... read more




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