Twelve days in England & where has the time gone...??..Sorry everyone, for the long wait in the next entry,but unfortunately we have both been pretty non stop ever since we arrived at Heathrow. We spent the first 4 days in Plumstead Common with my sister Julie & husband Danny & their 2 boys Elliot & Bradley...it's been 6 years since we saw them last & great to catch up again.Whether it was coincidence or planned, Dan just happened to have a week off work,though Julie felt it would be too obvious for her to take time off while we were there....the boys are now young men & have followed in dad's shoes as young musicians....
Lots has changed around my old stomping ground..!!..more built up & much more crowded...We paid dad a visit to say "Hello" at Plumstead cemetery.....and also spent a day at Greenwich, both at the park & in the village...also being lucky enough to witness part of the filming of the sequel to "The Pirates Of Penzance"...no sight of Johnny Depp though..!!..
We caught the train to Peterborough from Kings Cross on Friday & stayed a couple of nights with friends Kristian & David and their doberman named "Kady".It's been about 16 years since I last saw Kristian & thanks to SongHi it was only thru facebook that we managed to find each other after all this time....so heaps to catch up with,as you can imagine..!!..On Saturday we spent the day in Cambridge, with even an interesting & informative punt on the river through town....Being a city full of history and architecture & the birth of many scholars, it's tempted us to go back & visit...A mix of autumn colours & old english architecture seem to always catch the eye for that perfect photograph, though I feel a wintry scene with a drop or two of snow would look good too. We headed up to our eventual stay with my mum & sister Donna in St.Annes on Sea, on Sunday the 10th, arriving at 15:15 hrs....It's been a busy last 2 months for mum with SongHi & I arriving not long after my brother Gordon and his wife Shuna had been on their holiday from New Zealand...felt the weather getting cooler as we headed north from London with certainly no sign of it getting any warmer now..."the english winter is on it's way"..Being a seaside town too,it tends to be a bit windy as well....I guess we will not be in shorts & T shirts for a while now..!!..We took the local bus No.17 into Blackpool on Wednesday.I've heard people describe Blackpool as the english equivalent of the Gold Coast in Australia....Well,if you want my opinion...it's nowhere near..!! Interestingly unique is how I would describe it..!! Yes,plenty of hotels & pubs but it does make you wonder how the multitude of fish & chip shops survive....though the world famous "Harry Ramsdens" fish & chips was certainly doing a roaring trade for most of the day.Song & I are heading back there tomorrow,though not for fish & chips.While Song has booked herself in for a meditation class,I shall try my photographic skills at some unique & hopefully interesting shots of Blackpool.Yesterday we walked the coastline to the seaside town of Lytham (2 hrs.) & visited historic Lytham Hall....
We are heading up to the Lake District on Monday the 18th & weather permitting we hope to do a couple of day walks around Windermere...better pack the woolies & wet gear,just in case..!!