Blogs from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent September 18th 2018

1914 breakout of the First World War. The war to end all wars. The war that would be over by Christmas or so they said. The war that heralded fighting in the mud filled trenches and introduced modern warfare to the unsuspecting world. The war of tanks and of the Battle of the Somme. 1918 - 100 years since that war ended, The world was never going to be the same again. A generation of young men lost to the carnage of war . Did we learn our lessons? No we certainly did not. Confucious reminded us that "Learning without thought is labour lost, thought without learning is perilous". When I think of the Great War I feel that we have never learned a thing. We continue to make mistakes. As we stood in front of ... read more
words cannot express what seeing this meant
a sea of blood red poppies
inside the engine house

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent January 9th 2015

Every luggages were alright... It's the departure ! I was sad to leaving my family, my friends and my girlfriend behind me but I have had no choice. I took the plane from Lyon, Saint-Exupéry to Birmingham, International during 1 hour and 45 minutes before taking the train from Birmingham to Stoke-On-Trent during 1 hour. It was simple for me to make this travel because I'm resourcful and I'm not afraid to travel alone. At approximatly 5:30 p.m, I m arrived to my accomodation on Stoke, on Caledonia Road. It's a student residence with 3 or 4 bedrooms per apartment. I'm actually with a german boy, and the last room is available. Not to mention my room, I have my own shower and my own toilet. We have share kitchen, share lounge and share TV. My ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent March 21st 2014

Just the weekend to go before we fly early Monday morning, got so much to do before we go, really need to find my way around here as well.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent March 19th 2014

Well followers, Its Wednesday evening, we have loads to do before we leave for our adventure in Dubai, but the cameras are ready!! If you are wondering, why when we have never flown before, we choose a country with a 7 hour flight, well we are visiting the Eldest, known as Emma, and her partner Martyn.... read more

Suzy is sitting comfortably on our drive, We picked up a new table for her today . The one that we have that came with her is rather unwieldy and takes up a lot of room in the cupboards. This makes it hard to get the table in and out and use it. The new one we purchased is much smaller and compact and fits in to a suitcase size box. Albeit a large box but at least it fits where we want it to go and we should be able to get more use out of it. After picking up the table we headed off to the Stoke on Trent area to visit Biddulph Gardens. The description states that behind a gloomy Victorian shrubbery there lies a gloomy Victorian mansion and this is definately true. ... read more
Biddulph Grange Gardens
Biddulph Grange Gardens
Biddulph Gardens

Day 15 – Stoke-on-Trent I did a big estate home today. A very popular one. Chatsworth House didn’t open until 11am but buses and cars were rolling in early and filling the place up. I don’t know how but I managed to get near the front of the queue and once in the house everyone takes their time checking every little detail in every room. I passed the crowds two rooms in so I explored the rest of the house by myself. HA! This was the first house where I was allowed to take photos inside and I was so glad. The ceilings are incredible and being by myself for most of it I didn’t have to worry about people being in the way of the camera. The grounds are immaculate with many water ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent April 30th 2013

6 months ago we sat on a train leaving behind the people we love, our jobs and all the anxiety that went into planning and saving for our trip. That feeling of letting go of everything, the feeling of . . . "THIS IS IT!!. . it's just us and our backpacks!!" . . . will stay with me forever. We have gone from the depths of Mumbai in a room with no windows, things crawling across the bed and the beauty of India that is "organized chaos" to a Penthouse apartment over looking Sydney with all that westernized culture has to offer. The journey from Mumbai to Sydney has been humbling, a journey with highs and lows and one that taught us a lot about the world, ourselves and each other. We have been lucky ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent June 26th 2012

Before heading to Granddad's we had a lovely leafy farewell! Did you know that Polly had three beers?!... read more
A bientot!!
Slave labour
Leaf soup aka mojitos

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent April 18th 2012

Glyn and I started planning the USA trip this week. The flights are booked and I am so excited that I could pop. We will start the trip by visiting Tim and Stacey in Tacoma, They already have much planned including Snoqualmie Falls, Mt. Rainier, Tacoma stuff as well as a bit of Seattle. And Stacey will be making homemade icecream and cakes. Stacey and Tim made our wedding cake and it was awesome, so I look forward to more cakes.They are also planning a party in our honour, so we are very chuffed! One thing I've always wanted to do since seeing 'Return of the Jedi' is visit the Great Redwood forests, so we shall do this and also fulfill another childhood dreams of driving through a redwood - one of those already with a ... read more
Tim and Stacey

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Stoke-on-Trent June 18th 2011

We have done a fair bit of travelling since I wrote the last blog, which I was late publishing as I saved it instead of publishing! We've now finished the Tour & picked up a hire car. After Ipswich, the rest of the Tour took us to Saxon Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial ground; some more farms; Sandringham Estate; An organic farm with some pigs, & also did riding holidays with your own horse; Another Stately home; Then to Lincoln and to York for a few nights. Had really good indian for dinner one night in York. We went to Temple Newsame Estate now owned by Leeds Council, where they run a mixed farm of rare breeds, I really liked the Golden Gurnsey Goats. Next was a train trip from Leeds to Appleby on the Settle-Carlisle Railway. ... read more
Golden Gurnsey Goat
York from Clifford's Tower
looking towards Wales

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