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Photos: Wharfedale, Cotswolds and Lake District

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Photos: York and Benslow

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Floating home

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | Views [177]

Day 42, time to pack up for the last time, to re-aquaint ourselves with our big bags, and all those superfluous things in the cupboard we found we did not need after all, (which were left at Ed's where we were lucky enough to have a palatial dressing ... Read more >

St Martin in the Fields and a night at the Proms

Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | Views [283] | Comments [1]

The daily free lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields sounded a good idea to ease us into a proposed Proms musical finale to end our adventure. Expecting a concert of Beethoven and Ravel on the piano, we were surprised to see on our arrival an ... Read more >

Oxford Steet shopping & farewell dinner

Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | Views [249]

This was catch our breath day - washing, blogging, writing postcards etc. After lunch we took the bus and tube to Oxford Circus (door to door 20 minutes), where Richard reluctantly succumbed to some retail therapy, actually, buying presents. In the evening, ... Read more >

Woodhouse Eves - The Wheatsheaf

Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 | Views [200]

A Milner/Jarvis family reunion midway between Yorkshire, Cheshire and London was planned for this Sunday lunch. Sue and Graham drove us there through an incredible tropical rain event (blown over from the US!), then we continued on to London with Ed ... Read more >

The Red Lion, Burnsall, Wharfedale, Yorkshire

Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | Views [180]

Sue and Graham took us on a day trip to the Dales where, by special request, we had lunch with the locals at the Red Lion, a very special honeymoon stop for Richard and I, just 2 days after our wedding. It has not changed much since our stay in 1969, ... Read more >

The Farmhouse Bakery

Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [304]

Right next door to Scampston Hall is a bakery which is a must visit if you ever happen to be in the area. The baker is an amazing woman in her 40s who lives with her husband and family in an old house on site where she has converted the old stables into ... Read more >

Scampston Hall and The Walled Garden

Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [256]

We set off in a shower of rain which soon passed away and the weather stayed fine for the whole of our visit until the journey home. The garden has a high brick wall and is divided by formal high box and ewe hedges into long rectangular beds, with ... Read more >


Friday, 8 Aug 2014 | Views [166]

Sue kindly arranged a Facetime session with Simon and Lucy at 9 am which was a perfect way to catch up with Lucy's escapades, including losing two front teeth, and showing me the gravel rashes on her back, elbow, and hand from a nasty fall off her bike ... Read more >

Twilight Adventure, a walk after sunset.

Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Views [188]

Since it was a beautiful evening Graham and I decided to go for a walk from Kellington to the next village of Beal. We set off at a fast pace along the country road and were there in no time, so we thought it would be pleasant to walk back along the ... Read more >

Yorkshire, lunch in a converted mill in Halifax

Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Views [218]

Next stop a sibling swap halfway between my brother's and sister's places in Cheshire and Yorkshire respectively, at Junction 22 on the motorway. After goodbyes and thank you to Alan and Chris, Sue and Graham took us to an old mill complex in nearby ... Read more >

Lake District

Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | Views [188]

Through the night and next morning the rain continued to pour down, even  as we tucked into a full breakfast. I chose porridge followed by Manx kipper, while the others had Cumberland sausages, bacon, black pudding etc. We braved ... Read more >

Surprise double anniversary treat

Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014 | Views [186]

Alan had told us he had planned a surprise for Tuesday, which turned out to be an overnight stay at a cosy guesthouse just out of Bowness on the banks of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Since we were all married in 1969, this was a double ... Read more >


Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | Views [205] | Comments [1]

On Monday we took the train to Chester to be met by my brother Alan and Chris. Finding a parking spot took quite a while, but after a lucky break we walked only a short distance through the ancient Tudor city to have lunch at a high class restaurant.... Read more >

Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds

Sunday, 3 Aug 2014 | Views [180] | Comments [1]

Today Ed and Nikki drove us to the Cotswolds which took about 90 minutes, but longer on the way back due to the heavy traffic returning to London on a Sunday. First we walked in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock, the imposing ancestral ... Read more >

Greenwich on the River Thames

Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | Views [146]

Saturday was washing day, but late in the morning Ed and Nikki drove us to Greenwich to see the wonderful Royal residence designed by Sir Christopher Wren where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I were born. It was more recently the Royal Naval College (The Cutty ... Read more >

Ed in hospital again, London

Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | Views [150]

What a fantastic train service here, quick, efficient, on time, frequent and reasonably priced. We are back at Ed's, but unfortunately Ed is back in hospital with an elevated temperature and breathing difficulties. He has had xrays etc and Nikki is with ... Read more >

Life at Benslow and then ...

Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | Views [157] | Comments [1]

Tomorrow is our last day at Benslow. We have had hot summer weather all week, very calm and surprisingly humid. The gardens around the house are beautiful, and include a large vegetable patch used for our meals. Yesterday we had fresh broad beans ... Read more >

Concert by the Rose Consort at Benslow

Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | Views [134]

Last night we were treated to a wonderful program of 3 and 6 part consorts played in the round, with the performers sitting in a circle and the audience around them. The opening pieces were originally written down in table-book format, requiring the ... Read more >

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