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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry March 9th 2019

Final greetings to you all! Apologies if you missed the regular Friday post, my routine has changed somewhat recently! It’s now been just over a week since I got back home, although it feels as though I’ve been home a lot longer than that now. I have enjoyed taking some time to have a rest - a lot easier not being with 2 children. We were down in Reading last weekend because Dad was preaching there, and it was lovely to stay with our good friends the Dorwards. The past week I’ve been job hunting - been out into town most days. I was able to give my CV at a number of restaurants and shops and more told me I’d have to apply online. There was one pub type place next to Coventry Cathedral where ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry March 1st 2019

Wow. Right, well where to start? The more astute of you may have seen that I am indeed back in the UK. Funny story, but we’ll get to that in a minute. I had a great last few days in LA. It was lovely to meet up with A.Judy, a teacher friend from BCS Senegal, who I confess I did not really know very well at all until now! She took me out for a brilliant chicken pie and classic cornbread - finally some real American food. It was also great to see Deborah and Todd Ross, (Deborah is Dad’s cousin) who very kindly drove down to meet with me on Saturday morning and brought some delicious doughnuts. I managed to find another Church to walk to on Sunday, even though the rest of the family ... read more
With Deb
A.Judy

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry September 20th 2018

Hi All! So this is my first blog post ever - exciting I know. If you're here I guess you have some idea of what's going on, but I thought I better give some outline anyway as a sort of introduction :) Basically, I'm going to be spending 6 months au-pairing in Beijing. I'll be staying with a Chinese family who have two boys - Tyler (9) and Robbie (6) - taking them to and from school, giving them some informal English tutoring and generally spending time with them. Whilst there I'll also be having Chinese language and culture lessons at the Beijing Foreign Studies University which should be interesting! The agency who've set this up is called Aupairia, and they'll have a number of au-pairs in Beijing doing the same thing as me at the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry August 13th 2018

The long, hot summer has disappeared in the last few days and I find myself in the 9thlargest city in England on a very changeable Sunday morning. A light, drizzle was falling steadily from the sky. The Other Half looked distressed that water was falling on her new car. It is a place, I do not know well. I have been on numerous occasions, but as with other UK places seen no more than I was allowed by a restrictive Police escort. I am unsure quite how I have bypassed a city of over 350,000 for this many years, but as Coventry has recently been named as Capital of Culture for 2021 I suggested to the Other Half that we get in before the crowds. She suspected an ulterior motive. She was correct. It was 3 ... read more
Lady Godiva Statue
Coventry Cathedral
Coventry Council House

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry July 21st 2017

England is having a period of unsettled weather at the moment. The cynics will say, “What’s new”. Today is one of those days. There will be some sun, some cloud and some rain. We hope to be in the right place at the right time. We leave London for a four night experience in the Midlands. We have not visited the area before and so we have to see for ourselves what is on offer. We plot a course for Bicester. Why Bicester? They have a very new, very large Tesco on the outskirts of town. No. The real reason is to fool Jane into taking us north the way we want to go. She has a habit of finding the most difficult and the busiest route. So our drive to Bicester is reasonably straight forward ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry September 15th 2016

Geo: 52.4058, -1.51266The evening meal at Tally Ho inn last night was, as predicted, a hearty home cooked feast with a local beer to go with it. This morning was very foggy - nothing to do with the aforementioned ale - and we set off slowly along the lanes.Today's adventure was at Ironbridge and Jackfield in the Midlands. The Iron Bridge was built in 1779 and is very impressive. We didn't pay the toll of 1/2d as stated on the original toll charges. We walked from there to the tile museum, everything from roofing tiles through to highly decorative, modern styles. Lots of things that look like quilt patterns, and an amazing variety to be seen, including ones that are in tube stations and butcher shops.We then changed GPS mode from 'country lane' to 'motorway' and ... read more
The Batman bridge at Ironbridge
One of many photos of tiles...
The Royal Playhouse

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry May 20th 2016

Phil pulled us out of a glitch. Before arriving in England we had only reserved our places to stay in Manchester, where we arrive and depart from the airport...we wanted to be flexible. That worked out fine until now...Fri/Sat and no beds at the hostels. Phil got on his laptop and found a Hilton in Coventry where he could use his rewards program. Got up in good time and headed to burford for breakfast. Walked thru St. John's the Baptist Church, one of the large Cotswold 'wool churches' built between 1160 and 1475. A wool church is an English church financed primarily by donations from rich merchants and farmers who had benefitted from the mediaeval wool trade, hoping to ensure a place in heaven. Then off to more of the Cotwolds regions. Upper Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, ... read more
Calke Abbey
Ashby de la Zouch Castle
Swan Inn Fradley

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry September 10th 2012

September 10 Coventry to Ballinasloe - I got up early and got ready and took my stuff downstairs to load up and go to the train station in Rugby. Con took me to the station and I caught the train from Rugby to Holyhead via Crewe. I was disappointed that they had no internet on the first train and on the second one they wanted me to pay for it. Maybe I am spoiled but I have grown accustomed with wifi being free, and feel annoyed and cheated when it is not. In any case the trip wasn’t bad although I had to hustle a bit to catch the connection in Crewe and at Holyhead. The ship I took was the Stena Adventurer and it was a nice and big ship with bars, restaurants and even ... read more
The Irish Sea
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Coming into Dublin Port

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry September 8th 2012

September 8 – Saturday – Coventry Today we went to Royal Leanington Spa and did a little shopping, checked out the Jephson Gardens there, and also went to a food festival they were having. I ate half of a sandwich Phil gave me which I’m not quite sure what was in it. It was quite tasty. For supper tonight Phil fixed up seafood chowder AND beef stew. So we were well fed for sure. September 09 – Sunday I used as a rest day and to prepare for my trip back. I had bought a ticket on Virgin Trains from Rugby Station near Coventry to Holyhead Station. The train ticket cost £24.40 to Holyhead via Crewe. I had bought a ticket on the Stena Adventurer from Holyhead to Dublin Port for £28.00. From Dublin port the ... read more
William, Christy, and Con
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry September 7th 2012

September 7, Friday – Coventry Today was my regroup and refit day in preparation for jumping the puddle. I got all my clothes washed and caught up my bookings for the trip to Ireland, and caught up my notebooks. Con fixed us a bacon sandwich for breakfast and we pretty much just caught up on things till Phil came home. Then we loaded up in the car and went to look at the locks on a nearby canal. It was really a beautiful day and we had a really good time. After exploring the locks we ate some fish and chips at a nearby restaurant and then checked out a nearby castle. All in all a fun day.... read more
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