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UK 2014

We spent a month in the UK between June 5th and July 2nd 2014.

Eastney gas Engine House Composite image

In June 2014 we visited Eastney Beam Engine House, and I was surprised to find the Gas Engine House Open. I’ve not been in there in thirty years. I knew I had an old picture of my dad taken in the Gas Engine House taken sometime in the late seventies. I had an idea for …

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Vacation Days 27 & 28 – Our last couple of days in the UK and Lanie catches a crab. To finish off our vacation we went back to the dockyard to take in some of the things we didn’t see the first time, but mainly to visit ‘Action Stations’ where Emily works. I’m pretty sure …

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Vacation Day 26 – Family Curry, winding down and getting ready to head back home One final curry before we pack our bags and head back to Missouri in a couple of days time. It was great that our honorary brother Neil could make it, he’d been away most of the month.

A photograph of a Krispy Kreme donut and a cup of coffee

Vacation day 26 – We travel 5,000 miles to find Krispy Kreme donuts at Gunwharf The world is certainly shrinking – but in my opinion there are other donuts that I’d prefer to find in the UK. I remember being very pleased when, by popular demand, we stopped having Krispy Kreme donuts at church and …

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Vacation Day 25 – I think the correct order was a Barbecue then some crafting We’ve already met Bob and Ann, Roy and Jan are also life-long friends. Here’s a picture of us all way back in the early ninties. Roy, Bob and I went to college together. We’ve been through some interesting ‘scrapes’, most …

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Photograph of a Gas Engine at the Eastney Gas Engine House, Eastney, Portsmouth

Vacation day 25 – Eastney Gas Engine House and a reminder of the past I’ve not been in here since my dad volunteered to help maintain these engines – so before 1980. They’ve been closed up for years and I never expected them to re-open so I was very surprised when I realised that we …

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Vacation Day 25 – Visit to Eastney Beam Engine House I’ve no idea how many times I’ve visited this place over the years. It was a regular favorite to bring the boys to when they were younger, and my dad worked here as a volunteer. What were these magnificent engines for? … Pumping waste water …

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Vacation Day 25 – Waiting for the Beam Engine House to Open We had a lot to cram in today. Move digs from our friend Liv’s to my sister’s house, go to church, visit the Eastney Beam Engine House and a barbeque with Roy and Jan. I’d like to say we had another warm welcome …

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Vacation Day 24 – Our final stop for the day From Bosham we went to Fishbourne Roman Palace – which was very interesting. I thought Lanie would find it boring but she was fascinated to see things she’d previously read about in school. I didn’t take many pictures as I thought the official website would …

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Vacation Day 24 – Visit to Bosham Holy Trinity Church was well worth a visit. It has a wooden shingle roof, which is quite unusual in the UK. You can read all about the church here. Our friend, the photographically elusive, Liv manages to make a guest appearance in one of these pictures – but …

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Vaction Day 24 – Visit to Bosham. We traveled from Cornwall back to Portsmouth on Thursday, where we stayed with our friend Liv. Friday was spent shopping before meeting up with friends for a drink in the evening. Come Saturday we went off for some sight seeing. And the first stop was Bosham.

Lanie couldn’t turn down the challenge to cross the river on a log.

I have no idea…

I have known Bob since I was sixteen, when he, and another life-long friend, Roy and I were on the same course at college. I’ve known Ann since I was in my early twenties. For over twenty years, we all made a point of getting our families together at least once a year on New …

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The river and particularly the area near the falls is chock-a-block with dozens of little stone cairns, just like this one.

Charms hanging on a bush at St. Nectan's Glen
Picture showing the Rock strata at Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

I took Geology at school That’s probably why I couldn’t resist taking this picture of the rock strata on the beach at Widemouth Bay. My geology teacher was also my form teacher in my last year at school. I have a picture of him (along with the rest of my form) here.

Lanie and her (borrowed) board at Widemouth Bay Cornwall

Vacation Day 21 – Not put off by the dreary weather and a complete lack of surf, Lanie managed to persuade Ann to not only lend her a wetsuit top and body board, but, also to take her bodyboarding. Not enthused by the weather – which was slightly drizzling, we followed along later to see …

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A last look at the sunset before we head back

Silhouette of swimmers in the sea at sunset taken at Widemouth Bay Cornwall, UK on June 24, 2014.

Vacation Day 20 – Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

Vacation Day 20 – Widemouth Bay, Cornwall There seems to be a recurring theme here. Minutes after arriving at Bob and Ann’s and we were off out for a walk. After a couple of hundred miles driving I was more than happy to take in the evening sea breeze. And what a glorious sunset it …

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A group of people walk towards the sunset and sea on the beach at Widemouth, Cornwall, UK. Taken on June 24, 2014

A Stroll on the Beach at Sunset, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall. And what a glorious sunset it was too. [2 pictures]

Color photograph showing the view along the seafront at Aberystwyth, Wales. June 24, 2014.

Vacation Day 20 – Aberystwyth, Bristol, and then Cornwall It would have been nice to spend a few hours looking around Aberystwyth. However, we had an appointment to get to in Bristol, and our plan was to be in Cornwall by the end of the day. We do like to give ourselves travelling challenges. I …

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Vacation Day 19 – Another day of driving – destination Wales We had to be in Bristol at 2:00 p.m. on June 24 for a meeting. So we said farewell to Uncle Keith and Scotland, and headed South. We decided to overnight somewhere in Wales. There was nothing for it but to try and plot …

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Vacation Day 18 – Our last day with Uncle Keith and another hike… The day after tomorrow we have to be in Bristol for an afternoon meeting. Then we travel on to Cornwall. So tomorrow we are heading back down south. In the meantime, we went on another short hike taking in the Mote of …

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Dumfries Solstice Sunset. Lanie and Ginger watch the solstice sunset.

Vacation Day 17 – In the evening we went to the house of one of Uncle keith’s friends for a barbecue.

Pubs are a great hiking amenity in the UK Being thirsty we visited a local pub after our hike. Ginger had to try this drink, and the bottle came all the way back to the US with us. The drink was surprisingly good, but I wasn’t tempted to have one. Instead, I had a half …

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