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Sep 22, 2016 - A wee big shop

This morning we left Bolton and journeyed up to Moffat in Scotland for the night. After packing up our rooms, and packing the car (... to the hilt!!!) we drove around to the Post Office near Mike and Rona's to post three parcels home for Janine (that is 6kgs less to get home!). Then we stopped off at Braddyll Road for a cuppa, and to say our goodbyes. We will certainly miss our English cousins!! Our stay in Bolton has been made so much better because they live here. We had such a great time together. It's such a pity we don't live closer...

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Sep 21, 2016 - The lost has been found

I love a man of his word, and John (the man in the suit at the cemetery from Monday) is definitely that!! This afternoon when we went back to Heaton Cemetery for the final time we found that John had organised to have the Johnson Lomax headstone, that we were looking for, cleaned up and easy to read. But I'll let you know more about that when I've told you all about our day. Breakfast was once again in our room ... porridge / museli / weetbix, yoghurt / milk and fruit. Mardi and I left Janine and Luke packing whilst we headed to the Post...

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Sep 20, 2016 - A 'Wale' of a day :)

Today we visited Wales. It was up early and off by 8am. We were taken the scenic route by the Nav Lady so it was into uncharted territory we ventured. First stop ... coffee!! In Leigh, at the most pathetic McDonalds we have ever been to!!! Have you got porridge? No. Do you have breakfast wraps? No. Then can we please have a coffee? Sure ... here's the cup and there's the machine. You can get yourself one ... and a very weak one at that. Not much to eat there, so Janine and Luke went into the ASDA shop in the same building and bought...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Family tree trees

Today Janine was feeling soooooooooooooooo much better so she joined us on our trip back to Heaton Cemetery to find the Johnson Lomax grave that had eluded us a couple of days ago. We met up with John (man dressed in suit who was running a little late) who took us to the exact spot that Mike had taken us to the other day. In fact, we parked in exactly the same place, and he took us down the very first row I had checked out. So, how did I feel when he actually said "There's where the headstone is!"? I would have felt extremely responsible...

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Sep 18, 2016 - More football

For those of you living on this side of the world, you may be wondering why it has taken so long to write today's journal (it's currently 9.45pm) as we didn't do all that much and we've been home since 5.30pm. So ... what made me take so long to get around to typing this up?? Answer - Ancestry.com. It's unbelievable!! That website can take up hours of your life. And luckily for me, Mardi and I found a lot of interesting information to keep us going, and going, and going!! What did we do today? Mardi and I went to the little shop at the end...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Leigh Centurions Rule!!

This morning Mardi and I made our way to Micron Stadium ... well Middlebrook Shopping Centre really. We were shopping for pizza for tonight's dinner, but managed to pick up some salad ... and earrings whilst we were there. The Londonites headed back to Bolton so Mike and I braved the motorways and city traffic in Manchester in order to pick them up so we could make it in time for the Rugby League. Everyone (minus Mike) spent the afternoon watching the Leigh Centurions play the Batley Bulldogs. And the Centurions won!! End score 42-24. It...

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Sep 16, 2016 - No luck today

We had great intentions today of locating Rona and Dad's great great grandparents grave, but unfortunately it was to elude us ... for now!! We had checked out the internet last night and found out which cemetery and whereabouts in the cemetery it should be located, so this morning we picked up Rona and Mike and made our way to Heaton Cemetery. After looking up and down a number of rows of graves (in the general area where we thought it might be) Mardi decided that maybe the map was the wrong way round so we headed to the section diagonally...

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Sep 15, 2016 - Finding a gravestone ... or two

After a very lazy morning, and a breakfast of pancakes and fresh fruit (yum!) Mardi and I drove over to the Post Office around the corner from Mike and Rona's place. We posted a parcel off to Emily (look out for that one in the next ten days or so), but there are more parcels to be posted to Australia over the next couple of days - watch out Uncle Anthony and Aunty Carla. We picked up Rona (and waved to Mike - he was staying at home to eat the potatoes we'd bought him as a present yesterday!) and we headed off to the Garden Centre for a...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Off to London ... for two of us

Today Janine and Luke headed off to London for a couple of days. Mum and I dropped them off at the train station early this morning (peak hour traffic in the centre of Bolton!!) and then managed to make it back to the Mercure until we were to meet up with Mike and Rona. Mardi took some great photos of the Mercure (as that's where we spent the morning I've uploaded some photos so you can see where we are staying), and taught herself a new skill ... how to take a selfie!! We headed to Braddyll Street to meet up at 11am. Mike and I took an...

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Sep 12, 2016 - Arrived in Bolton

After yet another yummy big breakfast at the Seaton B&B we packed the car ... and I mean packed the car. It was chocker block full ... lots of clothes in plastic bags stuffed wherever I could fit them. Then it was off to Bolton. One stop on the way at a Services Centre on the Motorway for a pit stop, including a cup of coffee, and we were in Bolton within two and a half hours. Luckily for us our rooms at the Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel were ready early, so we booked in and unloaded the car. I think all of us had a long hot shower...

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