Category Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas

We had a quiet day that started with a run for me and a ride for the Englishman. For the first time it was just the 2 of us (and the cat) for Christmas.

That didn’t stop us from blending his favourites from an English Christmas with mine from an Australian Christmas and ending up with an odd assortment of salads, baked potatoes and meat that once flew, swam and ran.

parsnips pinapple prawns salads spuds the whole lot


Weekend in my hometown of Lismore

Recently we went back to my hometown to celebrate my parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. We hung out with the family and took in the local markets.

We played with matchbox toys.

Moser the dog kept an eye on the street.

Got some fruit and vegetables at the car boot markets. The markets are held underneath a shopping centre which makes it a bit dark and dingy but good for all weather.

Besides fruit, vegetables, plants and other hot food choices there are crafts, second hand boots and a pretty good array of vintage clothes. If you don’t mind a bit of a fossick about it’s well worth the look.

UK Holiday – Day 5 – Part 2

First stop in Bath was The Crescent.

It is most impressive with the expansive lawn and the perfect curve of buildings.

A bridge that has stores down either side is one of only a handful of bridges in the world that has shops trading on the actual bridge. I’ve seen one of the others on a trip to Florence.

UK Holday – Day 5 – Jane Austen’s Bath

I was so excited about going to Bath! I’m a big Jane Austen fan and to see the actual places where her characters were walking and talking and where she herself lived was all very exciting.

I had too many photos so am breaking this into 2 posts. The first one will be all Jane Austen related and the second will be everything else we saw in Bath today.

The Assembly rooms (above) feature in many of the books and are always described as a hive of activity. These days it is a fashion museum and coffee shop.

The interior is wonderfully preserved and the most gorgeous shades of blue and lemon with gilt edging.

This rather wonderful lens flare occurred in the main room which had a high domed ceiling and would’ve been the place of the dancing. I like to think the candlelight might have looked like this?

From The Assembly rooms we walked down and onto Gay Street.

Austen lived on this street in one of these houses.

Her actual house is now a dentist but you can visit the museum on the same street and see the type of house she would’ve lived in.

The museum itself is quite interesting. You have a talk about Austen and then are shown through the house where a series of vignettes of her life and Bath in her time are set up.

It also has a store where lots of Austen merchandise can be found. I picked up some great books that detail the clothes of her time period and also where all the movie productions of the novels have been filmed. A Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen tea towel may have also found it’s way into my collection.

This walk is the walk where Wentworth and Anne take go at the end of Persuasion. Apparently it’s quite obvious that it is this exact walk if you follow the twists and turns and street names mentioned in the novel.

It is a beautiful walk and part way up there is a garden that is open to the public and in the midst of being properly restored. They uncovered an almost untouched Edwardian garden and have re done the plantings and opened it for viewing. It’s really sweet.

It was so fun seeing the Austen parts of Bath, like the novels coming to life. Highly recommended for any Austen fan.

UK Holiday – Day 4 – on the move

Today we bundled into the car and headed off through Oxfordshire and on towards the village of Winsley outside of Bath where we would be staying for a few nights.

Appropriately we stopped at Hungerford for lunch.

Through beautiful countryside of rolling hills, we saw a group of riders on their way to The Oval for the Cricket.

Before we got to our cottage we stopped at the farm shop (an amazing farm shop! more farms should have a shop like this).

From there it was on to our cottage.

A walk through the village of Winsley took us to the Seven Stars pub where we had dinner and a rather strong cider!

We met a very loud cat sitting on the wall waiting for pats.

UK Holiday – Day 3 – family time

Day 3 was spent relaxing with family. A new nephew was met but was too wriggly for unblurred photos.

UK Holiday – Day 2 – St Ives, Cambridgeshire

A walk in the markets

Around the town

Across the bridge to Scout Island

Into The Thicket