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


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton September 1st 2018

Woolly says – With fluffy clouds littering the sky, I took my role as navigator very seriously in Zoe’s absence, following the third wrong turn Jo stopped listening to my instructions for some unknown reason! My choice of destination for the day was situated on the outskirts of Wolverhampton, when built it had been considered the countryside, now it was clearly in the suburbs of the city as housing had gradually seeped into the green belt. Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house built in 1887 and is one of only a few surviving examples of a house built and furnished under the influence of the Aesthetic movement and Arts and Crafts movement, with heavy influences from William Morris, on paper it was enough to wet anyone’s curiosity. The house had been built for Theodore Mander, ... read more
Can you see the bee?
Looking down

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton April 19th 2014

G’day! Not long now- I shall be leaving in approx four hours for Dubai. As I’m going Stir-crazy in anxiousness/ excitement I thought I best take some time out to write the blog I promised about the Working Holiday Visa. Just a bit of background to the workforce in Ausralia- their population is 23 million. At any one point there are about a million backpackers in the country, that is alot of tourism and casual work to be done. Being as backpackers are a fundamental slice of Aus labour market, the government created the Working Holiday Visa. (Subclass 417) The visa is initially for a year and if you want a second year you must complete 3 months of ‘ seasonal work’ in the rural parts of the country. Examples of this include fruitpicking, animal husbandry, ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton April 8th 2014

I can’t believe the time has flown so quick, I was talking to my Nan earlier and it dawned upon me I’m off ‘ next Saturday!’ . So what am I doing on this amazing adventure? If truth be told, I don’t really have too much of a plan. Considering I could be over there for perhaps two years I only really have the first two weeks sorted. I’m excited to have no itenary and just to ‘go with the flow'. Anyway, I have a two day stopover in Dubai where I’m having a dabble at couchsurfing. I was introduced to couch-surfing by my friend Paul at work. Paul has couch surfed all over the world and as I write he’s probably on some sofabed somewhere in China or Japan. Couchsufing or Sofa Surfing is an ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton April 2nd 2014

Hi All, T-17 days to go before the big trip! I thought I best get used to this blogging malarkey as it sounds like a good way of keeping in touch with people and as I have some serious time on my hands, this may be a good way to keep myself occupied during any spare time I have. Some may say I've just lost my blogging virginity! I intend to write a few blogs before I go, to share some of my feelings an thoughts about leaving everything I know and love about this merry place called England and embarking on the Experience of a Lifetime- a working Holiday in Australia! So why are you going I hear you ask? Well... the answer is not straight forward. I've reached a certain stage of life ( ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton December 10th 2012

What a little gem!!!! What can I say? I feel a little lost for words trying to find the right things to say about Wightwick Manor. How did we end up visiting. Well it sort of came out of the blue. We had been out and about on Saturday and today was going to be a day of doing very little. A visit to the optician and a flu jab appointment booked . Having suffered from swine flu a few years ago I had no intention of suffering again. We had a few wreaths to take to graves at Telford and then planned to have dinner in the Bridge Builder before coming home. After lunch we suddenly had this rather good isea of travelling the 24 miles from Telford to the heart of the Black Country ... read more
Wightwick Manor
Wightwick Manor
Wightwick Manor

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton March 20th 2012

Well today ive spent most the day on the phone! Trying to claim y £1000 back of tax underpaid which i really need for my trip! Ive also had loadsa hassle with doctors and vaccinations but finally getting them on FRIDAY! Scared but eek means its coming close! Finally i tried booking my Greyhound bus tickets and service error! So as you can frustrating! However i did go for a lovely run today :) and then went dancing! Need top fitness levels for travelling and trekking through the mountains! Everyones telling me to put weight on too...and i dont care anymore, im quite happy how i am to be honest. So im staying this way and with a tan ;) boom! Im gonna keep working out and hopefully by May ill be all good! Anyway ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton January 8th 2012

In roughly forty-eight hours time, myself, Ben Dawson, Mike Rhodes and Pete Linstead shall be boarding our plane destined for Rio de Janeiro. Having spent a few days in the Lake District planning our itinerary, we have (quite literally) soaked up our last experience of English winter weather for at least five months. Watch this space for updates from Rio through to Bogata and everything in between.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton January 1st 2012

“Turn towards the light” Down by the Sea was, at the offset, among the easiest of the songs chosen to relate to a place. Its writer, David Ford, holds an annual charity Christmas bash near his hometown, which just happens to be down by the sea. All we needed to do was find out the date, buy a ticket and have a December seaside getaway full of milk, cookies and good music. Of course, nothing has quite gone to plan since around about the third song in on our trips, and so, almost as expected, David Ford decided not to put on his annual charity bash for the first time in ten years. Not deterred, I decided to take the song apart and find a place from the lyrics. Clearly, down by the sea is a ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton January 1st 2012

“Getting confused by local lamplight” Contrary to the song title, I do have a map, or at least Google does. Just out of interest, I plugged in where our travels had taken us so far (and will do up to where we have planned so far), and the blue lines on the map show us exactly that. If we had travelled the whole lot in the car, we would have travelled 2,819 miles, so even if we imagine that some of the journeys were shortened by use of the train, we could have made it to the North Pole by now if we had just headed due north and kept going. It’s a long way. Looking back is all very nice, but it won’t help us decide where we are going next, and nor will I. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Wolverhampton January 1st 2012

“Meet me at the edge of the world” Out of darkness cometh the light, and that light shall guide us unto the very edge of the world itself. Well it might have done if the world wasn’t round. This is it though, the grand finale, some would say not a moment too soon, but we couldn’t round off our series of trips without an adventure, could we? When we began our first trip, way back in April last year, it was to the darkest place in the country, to escape the ever growing plague of artificial lights and see the world above as nature intended. Somehow it seems fitting that we should end it following the light. Not streetlights, of course, we are once again looking at the spectacles of nature, and our journey will take ... read more

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