Tally-Ho !

May 21, 10 Tally-Ho !

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Today we visited the nearby Duxford airbase. Now the site of the Imperial War Museum for aviation. Duxford has a long history of military aviation right from WWI through to the 1960s. Most famous of course for its “Big Wing” during the Battle of Britain. It’s from here that the famous Douglas Bader flew with his...

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Cambridge Revisited

May 20, 10 Cambridge Revisited

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Well we’re back again in the outrageously cosy city of Cambridge, visiting Julie in her ‘new’ digs. Cambridge is a lovely as ever and even the weather has perked up so that it’s hot and sunny. After arriving today we visited Wood Wind and Reed where I deposited my beloved Tenor Sax for repair and service...

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Au Revoir Cambridge

Jun 02, 09

After a final frantic flurry of shopping its sadly time to bid au revoir to Cambridge. Annelies managed to buy 4 dresses a casual top and a skirt in the space of 4 hours ably abetted by Julie and my Mum. I managed a more modest shop in the local music store where I bought some new Jazz Improv tutors and a new Tenor sling. Cambridge...

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Botanical Odyssey

Jun 01, 09 Botanical Odyssey

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Today we visited the wonderfully tranquil Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. They were first opened in 1846 by John Henslow a teacher of Charles Darwin. They really are an oasis of beauty right in the heart of Cambridge. They also proved a useful source of inspiration for our new garden. The weather was superb, hot and...

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An English Idyll

May 31, 09 An English Idyll

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Its been a perfect English summer day in which we have somehow packed a whole host of activities. We walked into Cambridge centre this morning under a perfect, clear, summer sky to partake of a good old English roast and a ploughmans meal. Afterwich we went on a tour of the famous Kings Chapel. The word magnificent is too small a...

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Culture overload

May 30, 09 Culture overload

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Weve had a fantastic day touring Cambridge with Julie again. The weather has been glorious and we took an open top bus tour around the city followed by lunch at a cost little pub right on the river Cam. Afterwards we went punting on the river expertly piloted by one of the students. Im so glad I didnt go for the self drive option....

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Those dreaming spires

May 29, 09 Those dreaming spires

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Well here we are in the academic idyle of Cambridge visiting lil sis Julie. Shes just completed her first year at Anglia Ruskin University studying Graphic design. Cambridge is a truly wonderful place. Theyve managed to fuse old and new very well to create a truly charming and cosy place. I arrived yesterday and spent a wonderful...

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Back in Blighty again

Mar 08, 09

Once again we find ourselves transported back from one world into another. Travelling can be such a weird disorienting thing as we now find ourselves back in our familiar part of the world and as I write this I’m sure that I’m suffering quite a bit of “jet lag”, mixed also with a dose of “culture...

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Bangkok

Mar 08, 09

Our Bangkok stop-over proved every bit as interesting as Hong Kong was on the way down. Once again we found ourselves in a teeming metropolis filled to the brim with life & commerce. Like Hong Kong, Bangkok was an overwhelming cacophony of human life all packed into a very dense space but in many ways felt more “far...

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Sydney … Deja Vue

Mar 07, 09 Sydney … Deja Vue

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After returning again to Sydney, we managed to pack in a trip to the National Maritime Museum, where we got to go on HMAS Onslow (submarine) and HMAS Vampire, the last gunship destroyer in the Australian navy. It was deja vue for us because we also visited a replica of the Endeavour, Captain Cook’s ship that first mapped...

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Norfolk Day 15 … Farewells

Mar 04, 09 Norfolk Day 15 … Farewells

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We bade a sad farewell to the family (& our new friends) on Norfolk Island today  🙁 We’ve had a fantastic time & it’s hard to believe we’ve been there two weeks, the time has flown by. We’ve had so much fun with everyone but especially with our little 2 year old nephew River. He’s as bright as...

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Norfolk Day 11 … The Big Day

Mar 01, 09 Norfolk Day 11 … The Big Day

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Mariëlle & Sylvan’s big day has come at last after much preparation and activity. We’ve all pitched in with different alloted tasks including the decorating of the reception & wedding location, setting up the bar, cleaning & cooking. My day started at 8am when I helped out with the washing and cleaning of...

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