Anniversary break
Aug01

Anniversary break

A lovely trip up to the superb Plato’s in Kirkby Lonsdale this week for our anniversary. Last August when we went it chucked it down all the time, this week was gorgeous. After travelling up on Monday, we went to Ambleside to the north of Windermere on Tuesday. As you can see from the photos, the weather was gorgeous!! On Wednesday, the rain threatened, so we skirted around it on the way back and called for a snack and a little...

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Lancaster Weekend
Apr14

Lancaster Weekend

We planned a weekend in Lancaster around seeing Stacey Kent at the new Platform venue in Morecambe. We stayed at the excellent Lancaster House Hotel situated on the A6 just south of Lancaster. We took advantage of a deal which included tours at Lancaster Brrewery and Lancaster Castle, and a bottle of Lancaster ale and cider on arrival. We were in a Junior Suite which was nice and large, and quiet even with there being a wedding on...

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Patriots in London
Oct30

Patriots in London

Ian and me went to Wembley for the Pats against Tampa three years ago. We were incredibly lucky that they were playing again in the NFL International Series game against the St Louis Rams, again at Wembley Stadium. We stayed in a hotel in the City for a change, very near London Bridge. What a gorgeous part of London! Stunning architecture, and a short walk down to the Bridge and incredible views down towards HMS Belfast and Tower...

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North Yorkshire
Aug14

North Yorkshire

We travelled up to Middleham to stay at the White Swan Hotel (www.whiteswanhotel.co.uk) and firstly called at Newby Hall (http://www.newbyhallandgardens.com/). Newby Hall has fantastic gardens as can be seen in the photos, and a very fine Georgian hall. The hall itself is entrance by guided your only which is a bit of bind when it’s nice weather so we didn’t bother going in. The gardens though are so expansive, it...

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Canada Geese at Kew
Jun08

Canada Geese at Kew

Forgot to mention in the last post, Anne had only said on Wednesday evening that she’s seen lots of Canada Geese around, but no chicks. Well, that was remedied when this lot trudged across the rose garden area at Kew the following...

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London June 2012
Jun08

London June 2012

We’ve just got back from a wonderful stay in London. The main reason for the trip was to listen to Anna Netrebko, the wonderful Russian soprano. She was leading a Gala at The Royal Albert Hall with her partner baritone Erwin Schrott and tenor Ramon Vargas. We travelled down from Leeds via East Coast. Even though their rolling stock is getting old, the journey was good, and they offer complimentary food and drink to first class...

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