Blogs from Solihull, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull November 5th 2017

All packed and ready to go! Off to Birmingham Airport for our Emirates flight via Dubai.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull November 5th 2016

It is Guy Fawkes Night - November 5th . Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes and his companions Did the scheme contrive, To blow the King and Parliament All up alive. Threescore barrels, laid below, To prove old England's overthrow. and so the poem goes. It seems quite odd to read this and think of our current parliament which seems in disarray. The will of the people against the members of parliament and the judiciary. Brexit hasn't gone away and many feel the current government require a quick reminder of why they are in power and who they serve. Since we arrived home there has been a new prime minister, a new leader of the Labour ... read more
The front view of the hall
The moated hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull August 26th 2013

Bank Holiday Monday and it really is countdown to the trip. Suzy's cupboards have been emptied, cleaned and refilled with reading and puzzle books for the trip, paper for writing on and anything else you can imagine you would need in a motorhome. The cooker has been cleaned, the fridge tidied out and some provisions put in ready for the off. Essentials, coffee, tea and milk plus beer and wine all in. She has had a well deserved wash and the dust of the summer cleaned off her. The last minute cleaning of the house, last minute washing of the clothes have all been completed and clothes have been moved from the house into Suzy. All we need now is to get round to Thursday afternoon and the off. Money ordered and we have a stock ... read more
Wythall Chapel
Sion on the move
Wythall Chapel

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull July 1st 2008

Roughly two years ago I was sitting in a hot, crowded, and rather small lecture theatre. I was 17 and being told that I had the opportunity to go live and study in another country for 8 months. At that moment in time, this was the first university I'd ever been in, and this was just a visit on an open day. The prospects of living in another part of the country without my parents didn't yet seem real, and so to be honest I wasn't really paying that much attention. Yes it would be nice to live abroad, to find out how other people lived, to be completely independent, to have new experiences and learn new things; but it'd never happen to me. Two years later, I am sitting here finishing off the final part ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull June 27th 2008

Well.. there's not a whole lot to say yet, but i thought it would be a good idea to try and get some sort of pre-trip post up whilst i am creating this blog. It's kind of hard to describe the feeling of anticipation i think we are both feeling at the moment. It's almost as if it's not happening still, yet Katie finished packing her bag a few days ago, and i have just finished packing mine now! It's going to be really weird living on next to nothing for the next 12 months, but it is going to be such an experience, any luck, we will both figure out what we want to do with ourselves when we get back... or maybe we will just go off traveling again ;). The amount of injections ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull July 5th 2007

Might as well get this blog started... we've got our Visas for Oz sorted out, nice and easy to do online... had to send off a bunch of more complicated forms to the Thai embassy in Hull today. I hope everything works out ok, we've gone for a 90-day multiple entry visa which should mean we don't have to worry about getting our Visa updated every 30 days, but there's more chance of us failing the application and having to apply again for a more basic tourist visa, so fingers crossed. Hull is flooded and underwater at the moment so i'm hoping our passports don't end up swimming off, i don't fancy another rush trip to Liverpool like before (TC!). We will try and keep this updated and upload some photos and vids when we get ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Solihull February 5th 2007

It could be a beautiful image, lone woman on an empty country train platform, looking down the tracks,wind gently blowing her hair. Could be. Instead it was me, in a cloud of expletives, laden down like a pack donkey, waddling along the tracks, hair blowing into my mouth. And so I waited for British Rail to whisk me away from my home for the last 6 months, 'The Boot' in Lapworth. Thats right, six months of slaving away as a bar wench in a a small town on the outskirts of Birmingham. Sounds bleak. Not really though. I've loved almost every minute of my time with the amazing Boot people who've looked after me so well. Time has flown by, just when I'd remembered all the regulars drinks, knew all the village gossip and started ... read more

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