In Hickory with family: mum, bro & gorgeous son
We have returned from a glorious holiday in the States!
I have been to Bath a few times since living in England, the first being in 2002, when we spent the weekend here, celebrating our first year wedding anniversary! We walked all over Bath, took loads of pics (pre-digital), and had a ball. A shame it was raining most of the time though! I then came here on business a few times - our printers were here.
But the most culturally thorough and enjoyable time was of late... when two wonderful friends, Kat (keida84) and Kristi (dabs), my sister and I went gallivanting off here to go on a Jane Austen walking tour of Bath.
It didn't disappoint! It was chilly, but the skies were blue. The company delightful! We embellished ourselves in the imaginative novels of the late Ms Jane Austen (She was one of the most important and best-loved English novelists of the 19th century - 1775-1817), we walked through the baths, we had a sedate (and scrumptious) tea at the Pump Room... with a live 3-piece playing away...
Matlock Bath, Peak District, Derbyshire, for a few days.
Well, what can I say about this breath of fresh air? Derbyshire has to be the prettiest English county we have seen thus far... we have seen quite a few, and have many more to go, and this claims top spot!
Matlock Bath is quaint and picturesque. It lies in a gorge, running alongside the river. There are all kinds of shops and tea rooms and pubs... some are a tad commercialised (but in a small way), and others are old fashioned. All in all, we had a variety of things to do here, like going up Abraham Heights (cable car), going down a lead mine (with EIGHTY TWO bally steps to get out! *huff and a puff*), going for lovely walks, taking plenty of pics. Seeing grand homes like Chatsworth House and once-grand Haddon Hall.
An ideal getaway.
We have house visitors! BIL and SIL are in London, she is working at the Chelsea Flower Show (is a botanist at Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town).
The Kirstenbosch stand got silver for creativity and gold for showing it's true habitat! Well done!!! :)
We did a variety of things with the family, one of them being doing the boat cruise from Westminster Abbey in Central London, to Kew Gardens!
Great Lakes District cottage for a week... what an amazing time we had! Exploring Muncaster Castle, and enjoying their owl show... doing some fly fishing, visiting Beatrix Potter's home 'Hilltop', and seeing where her inspiration and pictures come from!
Most of all, we just had a wonderful time to ourselves, our hired cottage was beyond expectation.. tranquil with fantastic furnishings.. and sheep across the road in the field.. who could want for more? ;)
5 August 2008
Ingrid (Trekki) is in London :)
Thanks for organising this meeting Sarah (toonsarah)!
9 August 2008
Kristi (dabs) is in London and it was her birthday on 080808! :)
David, hubby of Kristi (dabs), Jen (Jenniflower) and hubby Lance, Nathalie (nhcram) and hubby Chris, and Sarah (toonsarah) and hubby Chris. Jo (jo104) arrived later, and I have no cool shots of her to show.