Provence, France
The Roman Aqueduct at Nimes
Queenstown, New Zealand
TSS Earnslaw on lake Wakatipu
London, England
Springtime in Hyde Park
Mazamet, France
Baskets in the market square
Avignon, France
A wonderful lunch in the gardens of the Cathedral
Melbourne, Australia
Punting on the lake in the Botanic Gardens
Castres, France
Wonderful varieties of seafood in the market
Sometimes we get inspired to record some of the more memorable days of trips that we have made. They serve to remind us of the things that we have done, the places we have been to and the people we have met and if we do not record them we tend to forget great chunks of the times we have spent away.
For those viewing these diaries we hope you find them interesting but they are more likely to be of interest only to our family and friends.

The Peak District

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Jul 23, 2014

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We left London for the drive to Poynton to meet members of the family and celebrate my uncle's 93rd Birthday. We took a taxi to Hertz in Edgware Road where we picked up a car and headed up the Edgware Road to pick up the M40 and then the M6. Not long after we left Hertz Jenny realized that we had left an expensive box of chocolates in the fridge at the hotel. They were to be given to my uncle for his birthday (what else does a 93 year old need?). Jenny called the hotel to ask if they could post them but that seemed too hard for them so we arranged for someone to pick them up from the hotel.... + details

The George at Stamford

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Jul 1, 2014

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From Cambridge we drove to Elton, a small village near Peterborough, where we stayed with Derek and Helen Harris. The world is a very small place. As we were talking over a glass or two of wine it turned out that Helen went to school with people we know who live in Pennyroyal, not far from our house at Deans Marsh. The next morning we drove into Stamford, Lincolnshire which is one of the earliest stone villages in England. We walked around the town and finished up walking over the bridge on the River Welland on our way to the George Hotel for a coffee before lunch at the Crown Hotel in Elton... + details

Bicycles around York and Cambridge

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Jul 1, 2014

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We left the Lake District behind us with a certain amount of sadness that we had not planned to spend more time there. But we were on the final few days of our four months in France and headed off to York where we planned to have lunch with a dear school friend of mine. The journey took us through the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales via Skipton and Harrogate on our way to York. Once we got to Skipton we started seeing yellow bicycles everywhere. They were on the side of the road, outside of shops, bolted to walls and on the roofs of buildings. It wasn't until we got to York and started... + details

Peter Rabbit, Derwent pencils and the Lake District

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Jul 1, 2014

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We spent three days exploring the Lake District stopping at Coniston, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick. On our first day we spent most of our time exploring Hawkshead where Beatrix Potter created her characters for the Peter Rabbit series of childrens books. Jenny was brought up on Beatrix Potter, amongst others, so it was wonderful to visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations of so many of her books. Beatrix Potter donated her properties to the National Trust which now owns and manages not only her properties in the Lake District but also her... + details

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