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Published: June 16th 2016
We had a great time exploring Brighton, walking along the promenade and pier and then visiting the amazing Brighton Pavillion with its incredible architecture and certainly not one would expect from the outside. Next stop was Duke of Wellington’s house and then Dover Castle and the White cliffs of Dover! We have now joined both the National Trust and also English Heritage, allowing us free access from now on to many historical sites which makes sense as we really enjoy visiting mansions, castles, ruins and famous people’s houses. Yesterday we visited Winston Churchill’s house and today Charles Darwin’s house, both so very interesting.
Tonight we are parked by a 16th century pub that has 280 hectares of woodland next to it which is full of grey squirrels and so so cute. We visited a British wildlife park today where we saw native red squirrels, adders plus badgers and several owls. We have also seen many robins, blue tits and a large heron so are doing quite well with our bird watching! England’s forests may be very very different to New Zealand and Australia but they certainly seem full of bird life and constant chatter.
South End on Sea has
the world’s longest pier at 1.34 miles so naturally we had to walk it and scorned the optional train! The tide was out by a good mile but when we turned around to come back it was surprising to watch how fast it was racing in.
Our Sat Nav is just as unreliable as in Australia and has taken us on several wild goose chases Adown narrow roads not even suitable for a car let alone a motorhome and today she tried to suggest that we turn into a bridle path about the same width as a horse! We even had to squeeze past a huge double decker tourist coach from Germany down a small country road the other day and we suspect, like us, that the sat Nav was to blame. Pete loves it but I get so embarrassed about hogging these tiny roads and only relax when we hit the wider roads and we stop holding people up.
Today we cruised along the Norfolk Broads near Great Yarmouth along with many others, listening to a commentary on the history and the bird life in the area. This is a beautiful part of the country with mild
weather and I can understand why people retire to this area. Tonight we are parked up by the side of one of the canals with not one but two pubs to choose from!
We caught up with an old friend in Holt in East Anglia who took Pete to an area where he had been studying the adder population and they were fortunate to spot several. As I thought it was going to be extremely unlikely that they would see any I chose to go shopping in the village instead so could kick myself that I missed out on such a rare sight!
Our travels have taken us to Isaac Newton’s house and his famous apple tree and several more castles and abbeys plus Sandringham which was lovely although the Queen was not in residence unfortunately!
We spent today in Whitby in Yorkshire, the place where Captain Cook served his apprenticeship and is very much a hero there. We took a short boat trip out of the harbour and were able to admire the lively, colourful town with its quaint narrow streets.
Time is flying by and we are already half way through our trip.
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