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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Nounsley December 8th 2011

I am still happily living with my partner Wayne in Nounsley (Essex). We have enjoyed using Wayne’s boat a RIB and have undergone some training in boat handling. We both are instructors and on the committee for our local SCUBA club which takes up a lot of our ‘spare time’. We try to spend time each weekend with our family and debate the world with our parents, Lee (Wayne’s brother) and Mindy, torment Wayne’s nephews Lewis and Adam, and have enjoyed playing with Alicia as she gets bigger (and bolder). We love to see Claire (my sister) and David when we can with their lovely son Joshua who is turning into a fine young boy and clearly not a baby anymore. We started the year in a cultural manner, having great fun putting on our kilts ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex November 21st 2011

It’s 2am, on Monday 21st November 2011. Suddenly it’s the date that we had been planning for since January of this year, a date that always seemed so far away and didn’t really ever seem real. I am sitting up avoiding sleep, trying to do up the clips on my purple backpack, the same one that the pair of us have spent a full day packing, unpacking and re-packing and that finally, at 2am on departure day, now holds what will be my life for the next 6 months. In January this year, myself and my friend Lauren figured there was a bit more to life and decided we wanted to find out what else the world has to offer…what better way to do that than go on a little trip around the world? And that ... read more
At Heathrow...
Boarding Time..

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex October 4th 2011

The staff had organised the trip for 2 Willow Road and Fenton House volunteers to visit Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre and explore Bata Estate in East Tilbury on 10 September 2011. I left home at 9 o’clock and it let me arrive at Barking just after 10 o’clock. I ensured I had scanned my oyster card and bought a return ticket to East Tilbury. I was meant to take the 10:34 train. A lot of fellow volunteers seemed to have the same plan as myself. As the time approached, several of 2 Willow Road volunteers arrived, and we got on the same train. After getting off at the station, we walked on the straight road to the Library which runs Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre. A wide variety of memorabilia, e.g. shoes, long boots, account ... read more
Bata Resource Centre
Hotel
Tomas Bata

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Great Dunmow October 3rd 2011

So today was a work day. Working from home, and finishing off jobs which have to be done. The car was collected, and the main work of the day done. The afternoon was fairly busy, with getting all last minute packing done, and making sure everything is sorted in the house too. Plus taking a few photos for the record. Tomorrow is the real start of the trip - we set off at 04:00 hours to meet up with the other van. Then off to Dover to catch the ferry. ... read more
Van and Trailer Ready to go

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Great Dunmow October 2nd 2011

Today we have the van and trailer all packed and ready to go. We are now getting our own things ready to take with us - clothes and stuff. The van just needs to be filled up with fuel, and all will be ready for us to set off. Tomorrow, we'll take some photos, so you will be able to see what it looks like before we start.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex September 27th 2011

I saw something rather cool earlier. Smoke trails from the end of what I might describe as a massive hunk of metal drifting through the sky. As this beast of a machine was travelling through the air at a ridiculous speed it was leaving behind it these elegantly soft strings of white, slowly playing and dancing around each other until they calmly dispersed into nothingness. What stories do the people have to tell and what lives do they lead. The people that have made that trip possible in order to create such a beautiful impression on me. In a matter of months I will be one of those people. I will have the opportunity to change peoples lives, to help, to laugh, to cause mischief, to create happiness or sadness. To flourish in an unknown world ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Colchester August 31st 2011

Today we took a train trip from London to Colchester. For relative novices to the London rail system we managed very well. After a change of trains we arrived at Liverpool Street station with plenty of time to spare. Being very wise it is cheaper to have a coffee to go and so we wandered the station concourse supping hot coffees. For some reason that seems to be a legacy of the IRA bombings of the past there are no rubbish bins in the London railway stations. So where do you put empty coffee cups? Find a table belonging to an outdoor cafe and quietly place empty cups for someone else to find a bin. The train trip to Colchester passes the 2012 Olympic Stadium and it is not long before you are speeding through the ... read more
Sample of Colchester's wonderful gardens
Medieval abbey gatehouse

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Southend-on-Sea » Westcliff-on-Sea August 24th 2011

Here I was, with 2000 raving Tottenham fans, surrounded by 72000 jeering Manchester United followers. All adorned in their proper colors. I'm not in America anymore. But I'll back up. I left America, which was very tearful and depressing. It's hard to imagine how long this year will be, how much will change in this year. How much will stay the same at this time of “transition” for all of us? All my friends will live yet another year without me. I'll come back home and need to be prompted of a whole years happenings in a few meager hang outs and then go back to Purchase, where I'm sure even more of my friends will have dropped out or left. But I have to stop thinking about that. I'm doing awesome things. I'll be ... read more
ireland
Kids playing in the Sea
Manchester United Stadium Front

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » West Thurrock July 30th 2011

With relatives at South Ockendon Essex, the rest of the mob from Oz arrive at Stansted late Tuesday . Went to a very nice restaurant at Leigh on Sea today ,called The Grove, nice location, good selection & well priced.Tuesday we met my cousin & her husband from Luton & had lunch at The Whitmore Arms at Orsett, very cosy place, nice meals & well priced. Can't get our heads around how light it stays, we think its about 5pm when really its 8.30pm, It will be interesting to see it through the eyes of the mob. Today has been a beautiful summers day like I remembered from childhood. 26C & lovely blue sky. We went to Flatford Mill where Constable did most of his paintings. very interesting museum. people rowing on the River Stour, feeding ... read more
Flatford
Flatford.
boat Building

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Airport May 1st 2011

AA flight was delayed a few minutes. Keen to be puntual (or to give a hard time to those who are late) might still be a good thing. Anyhow, the flight was fine; a bit cold, a bit hungry, a bit bored. That's the AA experience anyhow. Arriving Stansted airport, we ran into huge queues in immigration. Looks like 4 or 5 plane load of people arrived all at the same time. When confusion threw you having to take the little train from a building to the main building to get to your luggages, coming out of the train and seeing this sea of people really not moving much is a good start to your holiday! Anyhow, what seems like half a day, we finally reassembled with our luggages. Only to face an impossible task of ... read more




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