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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cheshire » Chester December 1st 2022

There is something about a trip that sometimes brings back memories. Memories both good and bad. Memories that have been long forgotten. Perhaps it is a place. Or a smell. Something just brings those memories flooding back. Today was one of those days. We never went to Chester much when I was a child. It was one of those day out trips. Not far away but involved what must have felt like a long and expensive ride out on a bus. A trip to a city. Much bigger than Wrexham. With much more history and infrastructure. Interesting shops. A medieval heart that Wrexham lacked. A cathedral. We only had a large church. A Victorian Gothic Town Hall, markets and the Walls. We drove from home to the nearby Park and Ride which took us for the ... read more
Along the walls
Welcome to Chester
Outside the Town Hall

Europe » United Kingdom November 27th 2022

Getting ready to travel again. Hopefully this time we’ll make it all the way. Looking forward to January 3rd... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Wrexham November 23rd 2022

Day 327 of 2022. Only 38 days left of the year. Time has on one hand flown by at a fast rate of knots and on the other it has gone very slowly. We have had a few more birthdays, the heavy colds we seem to pick up after Covid and Spring has been long forgotten. To be fair Summer and Autumn are beginning to feel like a distant memory. The weather has ruined Bonfire Night. We did not risk taking a car onto a muddy field and risking being towed off it after the fireworks. We never heard many going off this year. Was it a legacy of Covid or just the cost-of-living crisis? We seem to be stumbling from one miserable disaster to another with no end in sight. The horse racing up the ... read more
The muted colours of mist and early morning
More rememberence day displays

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Thatcham November 18th 2022

Well it’s 54 days until we go on our ”holiday of a lifetime” , another World Cruise. We are very lucky to be able to do our second world cruise. We embark in Southampton on 11th January and return on 23rd April 102 days. i have been busy getting ball gowns and other clothing for the cruise. I think we are going to need a few cases! We have the visas we require Australia and Egypt. The itinerary is as follows Southampton-Lisbon Portugal- Heraklion Greece-Suez Canal-Luxor Egypt-Salah-Oman- Abu-Dhabi UAE-Dubai UAE- Muscat-Oman- Penang Malaysia- Kuala Lumpar Malaysia- Singapore- Bangkok Thailand- Ho Chi Minh Vietnam- Bali Indonesia - Darwin Australia- Whitsunday Island Australia- Brisbane Australia- Sydney Australia- Melbourne Australia- Kangaroo Island Australia - Adelaide Australia- Margaret River Australia-Perth Australia -Port Louis Mauritus- Le Port Reunion- Darwin South Africa- ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Wrexham November 17th 2022

I read somewhere that Life begins where fear ends . I think over the last few days with Rememberence Sunday on the horizon that thought rang true . I had returned from my visit to see the poppies display at the local church at Worthenbury . Today I was out for a walk along the River Dee and on the way home planned a visit to a second church to see what the display looked like there . As I walked along the river with the levels up due to the heavy rain I pondered the recent budget . Not much of a help for pensioners . Tax rates staying the same but the rate that we start to pay tax on income also staying the same for the next year and the year after that ... read more
There were some knitted poppies
The hearse cart with the poppies
Vases of poppies

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Wrexham November 14th 2022

If I had not got a heavy cold I perhaps might have enjoyed standing outside in the Autumn sunshine with my eyes closed a lot more . Coughing and spluttering don't help . I was just standing there smelling the Autumn all around me . Have you done that ? There is an earthy damp smell about this time of year . Slightly smelling of decay as the leaves gently fall from the trees . I cannot see the leaves falling but in my mind I can imagine them . I can hear them dropping like raindrops on the fall . The sun is shining . Whilst it is not hot the highs out to the east of us are bringing in settled weather . Pale blue skies , drifting clouds and light breezes . They ... read more
One of the many funeral hatchments of the Pulestone family of Emral Hall
Flowers everywhere
He looks extremely fierce

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Wrexham November 13th 2022

Y Wal Goch - Yma o Hyd ? OK as I walk on this warmer than usual Autumn morning I hear your brain whirring as you try to work out what Y Wal Goch is . Or Yma o Hyd. I don't blame you not knowing . It is that Welsh language that is becoming an issue in Wales . In a good way of course . Y Wal Goch has become the rallying call of the national football team . A name given to the supporters of Wales or Cymru as it is hoping to be renamed after the World Cup campaign ends . The Red Wall of supporters who are following Wales to the World Cup in 2022. We have not been there for is it 58 years . It has been a long ... read more
Come on Cymru

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Wrexham November 10th 2022

As I look out of the window or as I walk I see more and more signs that Autumn has arrived with a vengence . The weather is inclement . Some days extremely heavy rainfall. Downfalls that mean I cannot get out for a walk nor do I feel like doing much . Autumn has that effect upon you. The end of another year approaches . The Christmas advertisements have been on the TV for the last few weeks . Yet again I am reminded that each supermarket is in competition with another one to see who can drag in the shoppers to buy their turkey, Christmas puddings and festive delights . Each furniture store reminds me that I can order a sofa now and it might be delivered by Christmas . Who needs or wants ... read more
Autumns rich colours
Misty moisty Autumn mornings
Mists rolling in

Europe » United Kingdom » England November 8th 2022

There were times it felt like this trip would never happen, but work is now finished (well, for me it is – Roy will never truly finish as he’s taking his work laptop with him!) our dogs have been dropped off ready for their holidays (I suspect they may not want to come back home!) and the hot tub has been emptied. We are packed and ready to go……………. and sit on a plane for the best part of 24 hours! We’re booked to fly the Qantas ‘kangaroo’ route, with a quick stopover in Singapore. Can’t say the long flight is something we’re looking forward to, but the excitement of being able to travel Business Class is making up for it. So, this is it! Goodbye to the UK and it’s grey skies, cold wind and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London November 5th 2022

The United Kingdom’s capital city has much to offer, as evidenced by this quote from the famous 18th century English writer Dr. Johnson: "Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." — Samuel Johnson Not sure I buy into that statement, however during this latest trip, I’m focusing on the East End of London which has an infamous claim to fame for being the “playground” of Jack the Ripper. I intend to explore the Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf - two names probably not that well known (if at all, unless you’re a born-and-bred Londoner). Located on a large peninsula bounded on three sides ... read more
Central London from water taxi
View from breakfast nook
Columbia Wharf from water taxi

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