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Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Coventry July 25th 2019

Chikyu no Arukikata (Japanese Globe-Trotter Travel Guidebook) shows a beautiful photo of Coventry Cathedral. Looking at the photo closely, it looks as though two buildings had been merged – the ruined one on the left and the modern one on the right – these two contrast buildings made me interest in visiting Coventry. We had heard that Virgin train, high speed train, would take us to Coventry; we paid quite a lot of money for its journey. The high speed train was punctual and offered us comfortable journey, and brought us to the destination just after the lunch time on 18 July. The spire of Coventry Cathedral was visible from the station. Following signs, we walked towards the cathedral. As a picture shown Chikyu no Arukitaka, cobbled streets and all the buildings around the Cathedral looked ... read more
Reconciliation
Coventry Cathdral
Medieval Great Hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham July 10th 2019

We arrived in Birmingham at about 4:30, and found a mooring in the very center of town, across from a LegoLand exhibit and next to the Aquarium Center. We grabbed the last mooring on Oozle Street Loop, and our beautiful boat was visible by everyone in the square. After a quick shower, we went into town to find food. 5pm is a bit early for dinner, and most places were not quite open. However we found a fabulous Indian restaurant where the food was spicy and the water was plentiful, as was the Naan. Birmingham didn't have as many "big old buildings" as London and other towns we have visited. It seem that the majority of Birmingham grew up during the industrial expansion and either there were not many buildings prior, or the expansion just consumed ... read more
An Escape Room
Success!  Huzzah!
The City Before You

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 » Dudley January 13th 2019

Woolly says – We are quickly approaching our sixth year with travelblog, time seems to have raced by in many ways and yet been reluctant to move at other points. Throughout our time here we have loved being part of the family and community that not only runs the site but travels and blogs as well. Each day has provided me with fascinating blogs to absorb as well as for filling my role as a moderator in the total removal of spam, I look forward to doing this for many more years to come. Jo and I have been working on a new website, it is still very much a work in progress so please bear with Jo on this, as I have completed the basics of setting it up, I think it only fair that ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Stourbridge November 11th 2018

Woolly says – One of the places on my list that appeared worthy of a visit seemed to be one that Jo kept avoiding, with no idea as to why I put my ‘don’t mess with me face’ on and insisted that today was the day that we would go there, I mean what could go wrong in a glass museum! The idea of cut glass and my small companion was one that I dreaded, I felt it was time to set some ground rules for the visit. Woolly says – No running, no touching, no getting within five feet of anything fragile …. did she really think I would cause that much chaos!! The Red House Cone is located in an area called Wordsley not far from our former home in Stourbridge. It ... read more
Perfume bottles
Canalside
Art deco

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Bournville October 13th 2018

Woolly says – Burpdays seem to be coming around quickly this year which means mine is now on the horizon and there is only Zoe’s left to celebrate before the most important one of the years arrives. The proceeding week had been one of discussion on what the weekend would hold and having discounted bingo and the cinema I thought that my suggestion was the best, well what’s not to like about chocolate! Hmmmm sticky paws and over indulgence of my small furry friend spring to mind! Woolly says – As if! It’s hard to believe that one of the world’s most famous chocolate manufacturers in a mere stones throw away and yet I have never visited the site, Jo and Zoe have both been previously one as a school visit and the other ... read more
Quaker Meeting House
A Walk through Bornville
There's a strong smell of chocolate in the air!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Pelsall October 6th 2018

Woolly says – I sat gazing out of the window at the grey clouds watching the raindrops compete on the glass to see who could arrive at the bottom first, it was a bleak day. I shuffled towards the door collecting my raincoat on the way, I sighed, hopefully Jo had found something exciting to do for the day, it was unlikely given her capabilities but I could live in hope! My small friend seemed to have a large case of the winter blues even though we had only just entered the autumn months. Having finished editing our fourth book he seemed at a loss as to how to fill his time, something I would need to work on and maybe discuss during the day. Woolly says – I sat in the car watching ... read more
A bear with a load and the Royal Warrant
Remembering days gone past
The tanning shop

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Birmingham September 26th 2018

Woolly says – It was a glorious day, not a cloud in the sky and the sun was already warming my fur as we headed towards the city, I sat contentedly munching on the remans of breakfast and wondering what to have as my first snack of the day. Following my disappointment from being able to get a round of golf in I had researched fully to ensure that our destination would not only be there but would be open Not that the females gave me any credit for my preplanning and just sat moaning about the need to play, my cunning plan involved chocolate cake so I felt assured that I would soon win them over. We weren’t actually moaning about the golf but about how cold the nights are now getting and ... read more
A sunny day at the park
Golf anyone!
Not sure what these were but they were a lovely colour

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




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