Sunday, October 11, 2015

Was it worth it? Yes it was

Yes, in spite of some being dubious about being able travel around the world for 81 days with cabin baggage only we did it and it was so worthwhile. 

Great way to inhibit spending. 
So much easier to manage. I have decided I am never using a suitcase any bigger than this again. 

Another thing that helped us along the way was the ScotteVest,

Lightweight, shower proof with lots of storage pockets, these vests were great for storing travel documents, passports, cash, eftpos cards, smart phones, keys, and even a pocket big enough for an iPad.  Most days I could get away without having to take a handbag which I considered a bonus.

Not planning on going anywhere in the near future but these items will be essentials should travel plans arise. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Baggage restrictions

When Linda and I were on our recent travels we set ourselves a restriction on having cabin baggage only. 

It turned out to be a very good discipline as it made us think twice before making purchases along the way. 

However, in our early wanderings in England, we ended up in the town of Leek and happened upon a traditional market where lots of vintage items were to be had. 

The above supper cloth was in a bargain bin and at the right price it seemed too precious to leave behind. 

Linda also spotted this tea towel in very good condition and so, in spite of our baggage restrictions, these two items became part of my luggage for the rest of our travels. 
Yesterday morning we used the table cloth at breakfast time. So pleased with this treasure that brings back happy memories of our time spent in England. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Spotted at Selfridges

Linda and I went for a bit of a wander down Oxford Street on our last day in London.

We were blown away by the amazing giant size floral decorations in each of the Selfridges shop windows:-

The display is an Apple promotion for their new watch and against the giant size blooms there is a single Apple watch placed in the centre of the display.

Amazing to the last detail.

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Zealand's 'Other Flag'

On our last day in London, Linda and I were in a pub where flags were on display from all the participating countries in the Rugby Union World Cup.

One flag for every country, except New Zealand.  There was the red, white and blue flag as well as this one:-

New Zealand's 'other flag'

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Special moments

Last time we visited with Aaron and Marcele, Caleb was just six months.  He is now 7 months and what a difference those few weeks have made.

His body is much stronger and he can sit up so much better.

While we were there he sat on my lap for a while and we had a lovely time interacting with each other.  I was the recipient of lots of smiles and snuggles.  Very special moments to treasure and take with me.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Love that rolling country side

Linda and I have enjoyed many miles of rolling countryside as we have traversed our way across about 2,500 miles of English countryside.

Even today, as we travelled back to London from Staffordshire by train we were treated to a lot more.

Farmers have been busy making hay to see them through the winter season ahead.

Lots of sheep to be seen grazing the green, green countryside. 

These images will remain strong in our memories long after our holiday is over.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday pub lunches and all that

This image reminds me so much of just three of the wonderful things this trip has meant to me.

1.  I am pictured with my son Rick and this holiday has meant that I have been able to catch up with three of my four sons as well as spend time with my three grandchildren.  I don't know if I will have a similar opportunity but am so glad it happened this time around.

2.  The British Sunday Pub Roast has been a pretty good experience.  This is my fourth visit to England and British cuisine has come a long way over the years.  The Sunday Pub Roasts have been excellent but we have had lots of other scrumptious food along the way as well.

3.  Hanging baskets on houses and pubs.  So many cottages, business houses, restaurants and pubs have been so enhanced by the use of floral hanging basket displays on their premises.  Linda and I never get tired of it.  You can meander along a country road for a while and turn a corner and there's a village and the houses and pubs have wonderful floral displays - such a delight.

There have been lots more highlights for me but these will remain strong in my memory.