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.

Hawes Farm at Broughton-in-Furness

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Jul 1, 2014

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We made a booking with Airbnb to stay at Hawes Farm close to Broughton-in-Furness. The farm is owned by the National Trust and Kate Kirkwood, a photographer and book publisher, has lived there for the past fifteen years. The house was quite remote but well worth finding. From Broughton-in-Furness we took a road towards Coniston and not far along the road turned off through a couple of farms and along the narrowest of lanes bordered by typical English hedgerows before finally getting to Hawes Farm at the top of a hill. Kate made us so welcome when we arrived that we felt very much 'at home'.... + details

Camden Lock

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Jul 1, 2014

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Jenny was feeling unwell when we arrived in London and a trip to a clinic in Paddington Station above Boots resolved the problem to everyone's relief. After a coffee in the station we took a taxi to Camden Lock, refreshed our 'phone with an Orange SIM card so that we could access the web and found a small Japanese restaurant to have some lunch. With all of those chores out of the way we were finally able to explore the Camden Markets. The street from the station to the bridge over the canal was packed with people and souvenir shops full of absolute rubbish. Everything had a Union Jack... + details

Harrods, Portobello Road and Lords

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Jul 1, 2014

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​On the ground floor at Harrods there were chocolates everywhere and trying to make a choice was challenging. There were large circular boxes that sold for four or five hundred dollars down to single chocolates for three or four dollars only! We eventually decided to buy a box of Harrods' branded chocolates which looked like a good option. We had planned to meet Jenny & Russell Middleton in Notting Hill Gate at 2.00pm outside of Jamie Oliver's shop. So we decided to spend the morning wandering through the wonderful food halls of Harrods. We wanted to buy a present for my uncle's 93rd ... + details

Lunch at Vieux

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Jul 1, 2014

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​Before leaving for England, we managed to squeeze in a trip to Vieux with Jean Jacques & Cathy to meet Andrew & Merrie. We drove via Gaillac but somehow took a wrong turn and approached Vieux from Le Verdier instead coming from Cahuzac-sur-Vere. It didn't make much difference since we finally arrived in Vieux and saw Merrie waving in the distance outside their lovely cottage in the centre of the Village. We had a wonderful lunch and the conversation flowed well in Franglais between everyone. We eventually left late in the afternoon and drove back via Lautrec which is famous for... + details

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