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Aug 27, 2012 - Back in Brackley, around Althorp

Facebook album link - anyone can view the album of photos, copy and paste this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151189184665707.792098.746395706&type=3 Thursday 23rd Fiona is off to work early, so Tony has to make his own way to the bus station. There is no direct bus there, and it ends up being easier (and cheaper) to walk to the railway station at Pokesdown, and take the train to Bournemouth, where the bus and rail station are together. Tony reaches the bus station with plenty of time to spare. There are two busses ready...

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Jun 11, 2012 - North Newington

It started raining yesterday evening & hasn’t stopped since. It’s been a very dreary day so I haven’t done much. I knew the rain was forecast & planned to go into Oxford to the Ashmolean museum but when I checked the opening times on the web-site I found out it was closed on Mondays. I wish I’d gone there yesterday instead of wasting my time at Blenheim. I drove to Padbury this morning which is a little village in Buckinghamshire about 20 miles away. It’s where my mother’s paternal family came from & although I know very little about that...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Blenheim Palace

About the only good things I can say about today was that it wasn’t cold & it wasn’t wet but everything else went wrong. Blenheim is between here & Oxford so not very far away at all. The brochure said the house didn’t open until 10:30 so I fiddled around this morning, did some washing & sorted my suitcases a bit more. I arrived at Blenheim right on 10:30 & there were literally thousands of people there already. I had to park in overflow parking & found out fairly quickly there was a triathlon happening this weekend. Judging by the number...

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Jun 9, 2012 - Oxford

Today was a much better day – no rain & even a few patches of sunshine. Because the forecast is for more rain in the next couple of days I went to Oxford which was the main reason I’m staying in this area. I’ve had a very busy & tiring day – it’s nearly 8:30 & I’ve just finished dinner so this will be quite short. I did the Park & Ride thing again & was very glad I did because today was a Degree Day so there were lots of new graduates with their friends & family as well as all the tourists because it’s the end of the half-term school...

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Jun 8, 2012 - Bolsover to Banbury

The weather didn’t improve overnight in fact I think it got worse because now it’s very windy as well as wet. I came south through Sherwood Forest but it was still raining so no point in stopping anywhere. The forest looked marvellous though. My first stop was Coventry & I just had to ignore the rain because I really wanted to see both the new & old cathedrals. The town of Coventry was bombed heavily in November 1940 when most of the city centre, including the gothic cathedral was almost totally destroyed. The people of Coventry decided to...

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Mar 12, 2012 - Back to the UK

12th March Monday morning, and the weather was rubbish again, but a check of the internet assures us the flight is leaving on time, so we have to be at the airport by 9am. We get there to find the flight delayed by half an hour– the first of many minor delays for the trip home. The delay is not a problem as Tony has several hours to wait in Auckland, the flight to Sydney is not until 3.30pm. Tony is in Auckland by 10.30 and heads to International for the Qantas counter to check-in. No slick check-in here, it is all manual and the queue goes...

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Feb 13, 2012 - Brackley

Facebook album - if you are not a Facebook user you can still view the album of photos by copy and pasting on this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151189184665707.792098.746395706&type=3&l=120356237a On Monday (6th Feb) a cold mist hangs about all day, but still not too cold for a wander to the next village in the afternoon. Tony takes the camera and experiments with different settings, getting some really good results using the different lenses. Wednesday Tony had an appointment at the Doctor surgery. He had to register...

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Feb 6, 2012 - Animal Antics in London

Animal Antics Facebook album - if you are not a Facebook user you can still view the album of photos by copy and pasting on this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151245390275707.799231.746395706&type=3&l=3e7cbc2134 In early February Tony went to London for a couple of days to stay with a friend in Bromley. He had tickets to a travel show and was hoping there would be some good special offers on. Cynthea dropped him off at the train station, and he picked up the travel tickets. Bugger – he bought the wrong ones. He thought...

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Jan 29, 2012 - Brackley and beyond

So here we are, a New Year at last, only 11 hours behind home. It was strange having to wait knowing that everyone was partying already. Cynthea is to stay on at Brackley until mid-March, then we will go back to Scotland. Tony is not sure where he will end up, but for the first 10 days he is in Brackley helping Cynthea as her relief carers are not coming in daily until the 9th. Facebook album links (also available to non-Facebook users, copy /paste the links to view the...

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Dec 31, 2011 - Christmas & New Year

Facebook photo album - click (or copy/paste) this link - non facebook users may view these photos too. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151189184665707.792098.746395706&type=1&l=120356237a Thursday 22nd Dec – Happy Birthday Amanda! We check out around 10.30 and catch a bus to the station. Tony leaves the bags with Cynthea and heads off for food, and finds Primark to get a pair of longjohns (it is getting a tad cool hereabouts). The train takes about an hour to get to Banbury, and we take a bus back as Denise was not insured to...

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Dec 16, 2011 - Last days at West Kidland Farm (until next time?)

Week Three A really busy weekend with markets. Adam and Camille went to Killerton with Catherine for the Friday night market. A bit of a disaster as far as sales go. Many cooked burgers went unsold after a short burst of sales. Unfortunately it is just one of those things. The burgers take a while to cook (they are quite thick), so it is not something you can chuck on the grill and have ready in a few minutes. Tony and Mathilde were up before the sparrows on Saturday to drive to the farmers market at “the Big Sheep” at Bideford. It was a...

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Sep 19, 2011 - The Royal Post, The George, and the Final Night in the Country

Marilyn's Musings When we travel, like most folks, we accumulate stuff. However, unlike most folks who toss most of that prior to returning home, we put into boxes and mail it back to ourselves so we can toss it out at home! Well, some of the stuff was all those books from Hay on Wye so I guess we weren’t totally nuts. And we did help the Royal Mail coffers, so maybe they can reopen some of those closed post offices. Here are the steps to mailing “stuff” home from the UK -- Grantham division. 1. Get up very early so you can go to the post...

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