Blogs from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield May 31st 2014

Today was a relaxing day at home for us. We spent the day playing and swimming in the pool, then relaxed around the house before seeing the family off to London. We went back to the local playground in the afternoon for another go on the huge swings. A lovely Saturday afternoon meant that it was quite busy at the park but it must have been the perfect day to mow the lawn as well because a large tractor towing an enormous rotary mowing unit drove onto the field and began to mow the lawn. Then, despite small kids running around all over the place, he thought it might be ok to drive his mowers right in and around the play equipment too! That spelt the end of the day for everyone in the park as ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield May 30th 2014

The main reason for the visit to England was to catch up with family so over the next few days we are staying with Mel’s relatives. We had arranged to arrive about lunchtime so we left early for Mel's uncle and aunt in Wooley. Set just outside the small village, their house is part of a complex that used to be a farm and included a large barn, mill with waterwheel and cottages for workers. All the buildings have been converted to homes now and their house was the carpenter’s workshop (greatly extended) next door to the old mill with the garage being made out of the old Dovecote. After lunch, we went for a walk towards the village taking some carrots and apples to feed the horses on the way. Em was too scared of ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield July 8th 2011

Hello blog followers! I bet you have missed our regular exciting updates! Well fear no longer, we are returning for one final entry! Granted it's a bit late but it took us so long to calculate that it just had to be here goes, for all the blog entries you read this is what it all broke down into: General and Major/Exciting Transport: 139 days 6 countries (if you don't include Dubai!) 3 land border crossings 9 (10 for JK) flights 9 overnight buses 4 overnight trains 3 intercity trains 22 intercity buses 2 long distance tuk tuks 8 boats (as means of transportation) 5 'sightseeing' boats 1 raft 1 paraglide 4 motorbikes 1 'two planks of wood balanced over a boat' 1 camel ride 1 elephant trek Everyday transport: 27 metro journeys on 3 ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield July 25th 2009

Well we have now been home a fortnight and we are still settling back into normality. We enjoyed a week getting used to being at home with no plan or sightseeing to do! It was great meeting up with family and friends that we have not seen for 6 months other than on webcam (Skype is fantastic). It has felt really strange trying to get back into our old routine, everything feels so familiar and normal but different. It has been lovely sleeping in our own bed and being in our home, staying in one place for more than 4 nights. However we did go to the Lake District for the weekend, we enjoyed a family barbeque and a walk up Orrest Head on Sunday, where we had a fantastic view of Lake Windermere with my ... read more
Lake Windermere
Orrest Head

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield January 26th 2009

Day 1 - D-Day, The start of our big adventure Well this is our first blog! Currently sat on the train from Wakefield to Heathrow after a tiring day of packing and getting ready for departure. We are staying at Heathrow tonight as we have an early flight to Madrid in the morning. Our flight is at 7.30am and arrives in Madrid a couple of hours later, before getting a 12 hour flight to Lima (Peru). We have had a very busy couple of weeks. It has been stressful sorting out what to do about visas for Russia and China etc and getting the house organised. The last week has been quite a roller-coaster of emotions. We have had to say a lot of goodbyes and leave our jobs which has been a bit scary! We ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield September 24th 2008

Well, 1 week to go now (little bit less if you want to be technical!) Starting to pass the excitement stage - gone straight to nervous town! Been planning the trip for so long that it didn't feel real, until I finished work, started to pack and had a leaving party to say bye to everyone...very strange! That's not to say I'm not excited...I am...just nervous too. And I know how lucky I am because everyone keeps reminding me ;) Anyway, this is about the leaving party, which was really nice! Big thanks to all the people who came, it was really nice to see you all. Good food, cheap drinks and great friends and family...all the components of an fab party! Here are the pictures to prove it:... read more
The ladies of the family
Me and Chels
Me n Grandad

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield September 23rd 2008

23rd SEPTEMBER 2008....ONE WEEK TO GO!! I had one week to go and was starting to make all my final preparations and sort all my things out. Nat and I had our leaving party on Sunday which was really nice. A lot of family and friends came and I managed to spend a bit of time with most people and say my goodbyes. It still did not seem like I was going even though I was saying goodbye. I was sure it would only hit me once I boarded the plane. The photos I have added are from the leaving party.....see if you can spot the common denominator (me)!!! I had been really laid back so far but needed to get my ass in gear and get myself organised!! I had a busy week ahead....visiting people ... read more
Dad, John and Me
Shel, Big n Daft and Small n Stupid

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield September 19th 2008

19th SEPTEMBER 2008.........FINAL DAY AT WORK!! They call me Dora the Explorer at work. When I arrived for my final day in the office, it didn't feel like I was leaving. I got on as normal with my jobs and it just didn't seem real until about 4.30pm when everyone gathered around my desk. I began to realise this was it! I was leaving and going to explore the world. I opened my parting gifts and was quieter than I think I’ve ever been though i kept myself tears....YET!!! After work those who could make it came across to the pub for a few beverages, some hugs and a final farewell!! Finishing work made it all start to feel I am really going now and the excitement and nervousness began to in!!! The adventure ... read more
Dora The Explorer

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield September 17th 2008

Well, yesterday I finished work and now it is 2 weeks (to the day) until we will be setting off for our 'Round the World' tour. Woke up early this morning, didn't mean to, but the excitement/nerves just won't let me sleep. Was a bit like christmas morning...just without the presents :( Now I'm trying to tie up all my loose ends and do all the little things that I keep forgetting - hence the creation of a travel blog. Ta daa... This is a reminder for my Mum (who keeps asking me the same question - "What countries are you going to again?"). Here you go Mum: Hong Kong - Thailand - overland through Malaysia to Singapore - Australia - New Zealand - Fiji - Hawaii - Mexico - Costa Rica. I've said that out ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Wakefield May 19th 2007

Dear Darren, I really need you to understand why it is I have left you. It was not an easy decision, one that I have thought about for months now. We haven't got along for a while now, and I can't stand the fights and arguments that we keep having. I feel if I stay around for much longer I may be forced to bite you on the bum. I know if I do I will have to do time in prison ( dangerous dogs act 2001 ) I feel it best this way, please don't ever think I don't love you.. .cos I don't!! I feel I have missed out on so much, been chained up from such a young age. I have to break off the leash as they say, for pastures new. ... read more
Finally i'm out of the car
I'm exhausted
Wow, The outside world

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