Goodbye to our UK circle tour

We’re both back in our adopted country now, but here’s a recap of our final day in the UK (Friday). It was one more of those brilliant sunny days we’ve been having all along, so we couldn’t waste it packing and set off for Hastings, not far away from cousin Janet’s in Sussex. We parked […]

A walk in the park

Another beautiful day as we approach the end of our holiday had us heading to Fletching near where we are in Sussex, where one of our ancestors was born. It is a lovely village, with an excellent 12th century church very well taken care of. We were welcomed in by the vicar, who was meeting […]

Off to France for Lunch

We left early this morning to have lunch in France. It took us just over an hour (Clive was driving) to get to the Eurotunnel staging point, with enough time for a coffee before driving on to the train. The channel crossing takes about 35 minutes. On arrival, we went through a couple of villages, […]

Back to Sussex for Our Final Stop

We made the trip from Norfolk to Sussex, through Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent, in good time through rainy weather. By the time we reached our destination in Ninfield, the day had improved to sunny and mostly clear. Once settled at Janet and Clive’s house, we had time for a quick trip to Bexhill where […]

Last Day in Norfolk

We started out today a few miles from our B&B in the village of Castle Acre. First delight was St James, the parish church, full of medieval treasures as well as harvest vegetables. It was perplexing that this church had a confession table and chair as well as a Lady Chapel clearly in use for […]

Cemetery Hunting Again

Cousin Graham drove us to Swaffham this morning to investigate our ancestors known to be connected to Saints Peter and Paul Church, which also happens to be a beautiful medieval parish church. It is Sunday, and we arrived in time to hear the eight bells pealing gloriously in advance of the morning service. We wandered […]

Made it to Norfolk

We spent most of the day driving — across the country and then south. The cross-country part was beautiful, through the Pennines with a good view of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Even in the misty drizzly morning, it was impressive. Once we reached Scotch Corners and turned south, the scenery was less distinctive, but […]

Up into the mist

For our final full day in the Lakes, which started out grey and drizzly, we decided to take a scenic drive east into the Pennines. Dubbed one of the 10 most scenic drives in the world by AA, it was certainly pretty, but no match for some of the drives we had taken already to […]

Cumbria & Northumberland Adventures

Yesterday we set out for Caldbeck to visit a wool shop nestled near the Skiddaw Forest (we think). On the way we found the Castle Rigg Stone Circle, a mini Stonehenge likely built about the same time. It was a brilliant sunny day and the view of the Cumbrian Mountains from there quite spectacular. Unlike […]

Goodbye Kendal, Hello Patterdale

We left Kendal soon after breakfast Tuesday and headed for Ambleside, home of the adorable Bridge House and the Armitt Museum, whose holdings include many of Beatrix Potter’s botanical paintings. We spent some time in the museum, then continued to Grasmere where we toured Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage and the adjacent museum. All this in the […]