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Sep 17, 2017 - Farewell!

Hi Everyone The official day of Autumn arrived, 1st September, and the trees seemed to change overnight from lush green, summer foliage to their russet brown and golden autumn mantle. The Horse chestnuts are dropping their fruit, the very shiny, brown conkers, and hedgerows are bursting with bright red rose hips and ruby coloured berries. As the season has changed the temperature has cooled. First thing, the air is nippy. Do I venture out of my warm cocoon of a bed into the chill of an autumn morning or do I stay snug as a bug until the...

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Jun 29, 2016 - Windsor

We find ourselves at Windsor today, our last day. A rainy afternoon walking the grounds and the rooms of the 900 year old home of the Monarchs of England. Most enjoyed: the hall for The Order of the Garter. The Garter was King Edward III's desire to resurrect the Knights of the Round Table, a legend that was already 500 years old in the 1300. St. George's Chapel, the burial place of Henry VIII & his third wife, Jane Seymour and several other monarchs including the Queen's parents, George VI and Queen Mary. Six days ago we visited Battle...

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Back to 1066

Jun 18, 2016 - Castle, College, Fish and Chips

Off to Windsor Castle this morning. Elaborate castle built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion by William the Conqueror to protect Norman domination around London. Since Henry I it has been used by all monarchs. It is the longest occupied palace in Europe. Queen Elizabeth uses it as a weekend home, but since she was at Ascot this weekend she apparently isn't using the castle! We visited Queen Mary's Dolls' House an elaborate replica in miniature of an aristocratic home with running water and plumbing as well as electricity! We...

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Jun 17, 2016 - Darkness and Moonlight

Cool and cloudy this morning. Spent the morning wandering around Reykjavik. We stopped to visit the cathedral, Hallgrimskirkja. It's a Lutheran Church of Iceland. It stands 244 feet tall, the tallest church in Iceland. It is named after Icelandic poet and clergyman, Hallgrimer Petersson. It is designed to resemble basalt lava flows. It was built between 1945 and 1986. It has an area of 1676 square meters. The pipe organ has 5275 pipes, is 15 meters tall and weighs 25 tons. In front of the church is a statue of Lief Eriksson, a gift from...

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Jul 15, 2015 - History Lesson

Hi Everyone We are now back camped in Old Windsor and just a walk along the tow path is Runnymede, the spot were the Magna Carta was signed in 1215 and this year marks its 800th anniversary. The Magna Carta (meaning ‘The Great Charter’) was an attempt by the Feudal Barons to stop King John abusing his power, to insist that he govern the land and its people according to the customs of feudal law. The original charter contained 63 clauses when it was first granted but only three now remain part of English Law. The most famous clause is….. “No...

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Aug 30, 2013 - Old Windsor

Hi Everyone We thought we’d give you an update with the on-going saga of our leaky roof. Initially we thought it was a problem with the skylight but as Paul started looking and working on the roof to fix the leak, the problem got bigger and bigger. Paul has had to remove three aluminium sheets from the roof so he can repair the split and hole he found in the van’s skin. It is still a work in progress but at least the rain can no longer invade our living space. Paul is now the proud owner of a beautiful tan following his days on the roof...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Sunny England

Hi Everyone Can’t believe it, we are sitting out in our deckchairs, the sun is shinning, blue skies above with white fluffy clouds floating past in the warm breeze, a knotted hankie to protect Paul’s scalp from the sun’s ray’s! Is this England? This is like the British summers Paul and I remember from childhood. The Brits are beside themselves as they haven’t had a summer like this is years. The summer clothes have come out of mothballs, pasty white arms and legs that haven’t been exposed to the elements in years are now trying to get a tan...

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May 5, 2013 - Windsor and a canal festival

Today we took the train to Windsor and toured the castle. It is quite remarkable and makes Buckingham Palace look like a guesthouse. The castle is really like a small town, very different than I imagined. There were no pictures allowed in the state apartments, but needless to say they are very grand. I especially loved the china room. Back in London, we had supper at Reubens kosher restaurant. I indulged in some delicious chopped liver and barley soup. Yum. http://www.reubensrestaurant.co.uk/ A quick tube ride to Warwick station led us to...

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Jul 10, 2012 - Windsor

I went with Chuck’s group to Windsor today and was surprised at how quickly things changed in the first 30 minutes we were there. When we got off the train, the town was quiet and empty. We decided to get a take-away sandwich to eat on the grounds of the Long Walk. By the time we got our food, the town had shifted into a maze of barricades and ropes. We got to the Walk and discovered that the Olympic Torch would be coming through town. We found a place to sit on the green and eat as crowds of people began to arrive. Then came the vendors,...

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Europe 2012

Jun 6, 2012 - Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Hi Everyone I know we said we had done the last travel log but I couldn’t help myself and am sending you an update on all that’s been happening while we have been trying to sort out storage and insurance for the van. You will all be pleased to hear that after weeks of emails and phone calls’ going back and forth, the insurance is now in place, the camper van storage has been arranged and our flights home have been booked. We’ve enjoyed meeting up with old friends. Thank you Kim for driving over and it was great to meet your friend Lynn...

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May 1, 2012 - The end of our Grand Tour!

Hi Everyone Well this is it, the last and final instalment of our grand tour of Europe (at least until our next trip!) The last leg of our tour took us through The Somme with its many cemeteries, memorials and museums dedicated to The Great War. One of our most important stops was in the town of Villers-Bretonneux. This delightful town holds Australians in great esteem as they liberated the town from the Germans and changed the course of the war. As you walk down the main street that is named Rue du Melbourne, you see the Town Hall adorned...

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Nov 8, 2011 - Some interesting things

We have included a few shoes that are being worn here this winter. You can see the sandals trimmed with fur, but more popular are the coloured wellies which seem very popular. Also saw that the Dr Who telephone box is still in use in the UK as are the lovely old post boxes we used to have. One day we where walking in a park and observed a Japanese man making an arrangement of leave on the grass to photograph. When he had left we had a look, it was so pretty we took a photo of his work. We have also included some more graffiti

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