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Monthly Archives: May 2012

…home again, home again, jiggaty-jig.

Our last night in Singapore was always going to be SATAY. We had heard of a section of the city where, after 7pm, they close off the street and set up tables and chairs then mobile hawkers descend and try to sell you stuff so we thought “why not”. The food, if a little more … Continue reading »

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Hawker

Jo and I have always had a penchant for Asian food and one of the most vivid and fond memories of our last visit to Singapore was eating from street vendors called Hawkers. In the years since our last visit, health and zoning regulations in the city have forced these vendors to move to “Hawker … Continue reading »

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Tropical

To say Singapore is “tropical” is an obvious understatement, but to a pasty Brit (or rather an Aussie that has been acclimatizing to UK weather for the last 5 weeks) the climate hits you like a cricket bat. It is not really the temperature (although at the moment it is a pretty constant 30+ all … Continue reading »

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Lovely Lakes

After a wet morning in Carlisle, restful scenic train trip to Settle and back (I am sure this would be spectacular in fine weather) we motored towards the Lakes District via a pass called Glenridding – wow! I did not know what to expect with the lakes district actually, not having done much research (Jo … Continue reading »

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Oooh, I like a bit of Wensleydale Grommit.

After an evening of getting organized, changing the suitcase to B&B mode we said goodbye to Bramble Cottage, a fantastic little barn conversion that has been so comfortable as home base for the last little while. We headed out via roundabouts and service roads to the M1 north towards Aysgarth National Park Centre, a centre … Continue reading »

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The Full Yorkshire Flavour

The last few days in Yorkshire have been full and fabulous, so much so that I am a little behind on my blogging and so will compress a couple of days into a single post – the days were all about getting a sense of Yorkshire and surrounds and that we did. We visited many … Continue reading »

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Friends, Gardens and Tea

After a lazy start on a nippy morning we motored to see the rock formations at Brimham. This landscape was other-worldly but fascinating. Such a brilliant walk amongst naturally occurring monoliths that dwarf you. There were kids everywhere, rock hopping and exploring. . On the way back to the carpark it snowed, it got really … Continue reading »

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Roadkill and Other Metrics

We have done a lot of driving both at home in Oz, NZ and now in the UK, and as a driver you work on ways to keep your mind busy. In Wales it was easy, the road signs were all in Welsh first and then English second, sometimes. I wish I had done some … Continue reading »

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Motorways and Dambusters

An early start (but time enough for a “full Welsh” breakfast thanks to our early rising host), we bid farewell to the wonderful walled town of Conwy and to Wales entirely as we wended our way towards Yorkshire. These long drive days get me thinking about roadways and main motorways in particular – they are … Continue reading »

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A day in the walled town of Conwy

We had a solid night sleep in a very comfortable mansion beside the walls of the town of Conwy. The Bryn Guesthouse is wonderful, we had a “full Welsh” breakfast before heading off to the Castle Conwy – a short walk along the walls from the guesthouse.

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