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Sunrise to Sunset

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Sunrise to Sunset
We rose and left with the sunrise in Cardiff and arrived home to the Perth sunset.
The interim was 27 hours of travelling by car, train, plane and taxi.
We left ‘The Future’ (Hotels name in Cardiff) and Rob dropped Denise with the baggage at Cardiff Central while he returned the hire car and legged it back in time for our train to leave Cardiff Central at 8:25, arriving at Paddington Station in time to catch the 11:03 Heathrow Connect for the Qantas 13:25 flight to Dubai.
After sitting on the tarmac for half an hour the pilot got clearance and we arrived at Dubai on schedule 6 hours later although we had to circle for half an hour before we had clearance to land.
A Starbucks coffee and mocha gave us the oomph for the final 10 hour Emirates flight to Perth, again arriving on time to see a magnificent sunset at 17:30.
Four planes arrived within minutes of each other so Perth Custom’s was our longest wait in an airport anywhere we’ve been. Finally we reached the arrival gate, taxi rank and home at 19:30.
We’d landed!
Our flights had comfortable seats, good space BUT every stop Denise was questioned, swabbed, scanned, patted …… Rob was getting suspicious. Each occasion they had to release the ‘possible risk’ again!
We slept well following a light dinner at home and rose the next morning to do the washing, sorting…. Transition from The Dream to The Reality of Life.
Last night Mum asked what our favourite places were, which we’d like to revisit and both were too hard to answer.
Neither of us could pinpoint a single favourite place or one place we’d like to revisit. There are many places that would fit into each category. Our time away was a combination of wonderful places, people, experiences, historical places, gardens, waters, birds and animals and the best of all we had the opportunity to do it together.
Of course in six weeks other people in our lives have had their lives change in personal, professional and emotional ways also. Fortunately technology has helped all stay in touch with them and them with us. It’s comforting to know that in our absence those we love worked together to support each other and continue building relationships, that we no doubt will slot right back in and very shortly be back into the mainstream of work, life and regular living again….
However, we will always have our dream time away to escape to in our mind for those occasions when humdrum kicks in.
Places where trees and fields are greener than green, livestock feed on the side of the road and the sea shore, cars and houses don’t get locked, children walk home from school without harm, clouds come in every shape and form, wind gusts make your eye lids wobble, you can sleep in a castle like a Lord and Lady and turn every corner with a new (or old) picture in your gaze to take your breath away.
We just keep telling our kids – save money and travel – the world is full of amazing places and people……go and see.
If you are reading this, our final UK2015 blog, thank you for ‘coming’ with us, we’ve enjoyed sharing our adventure with special friends and family each day.
Take care….
Love
Denise and Rob

Posted by DeniseUK15 07:16 Archived in Australia Comments (2)

Sunrise to Sunset

sunny

Sunrise to Sunset
We rose and left with the sunrise in Cardiff and arrived home to the Perth sunset.
The interim was 27 hours of travelling by car, train, plane and taxi.
We left ‘The Future’ (Hotels name in Cardiff) and Rob dropped Denise with the baggage at Cardiff Central while he returned the hire car and legged it back in time for our train to leave Cardiff Central at 8:25, arriving at Paddington Station in time to catch the 11:03 Heathrow Connect for the Qantas 13:25 flight to Dubai.
After sitting on the tarmac for half an hour the pilot got clearance and we arrived at Dubai on schedule 6 hours later although we had to circle for half an hour before we had clearance to land.
A Starbucks coffee and mocha gave us the oomph for the final 10 hour Emirates flight to Perth, again arriving on time to see a magnificent sunset at 17:30.
Four planes arrived within minutes of each other so Perth Custom’s was our longest wait in an airport anywhere we’ve been. Finally we reached the arrival gate, taxi rank and home at 19:30.
We’d landed!
Our flights had comfortable seats, good space BUT every stop Denise was questioned, swabbed, scanned, patted …… Rob was getting suspicious. Each occasion they had to release the ‘possible risk’ again!
We slept well following a light dinner at home and rose the next morning to do the washing, sorting…. Transition from The Dream to The Reality of Life.
Last night Mum asked what our favourite places were, which we’d like to revisit and both were too hard to answer.
Neither of us could pinpoint a single favourite place or one place we’d like to revisit. There are many places that would fit into each category. Our time away was a combination of wonderful places, people, experiences, historical places, gardens, waters, birds and animals and the best of all we had the opportunity to do it together.
Of course in six weeks other people in our lives have had their lives change in personal, professional and emotional ways also. Fortunately technology has helped all stay in touch with them and them with us. It’s comforting to know that in our absence those we love worked together to support each other and continue building relationships, that we no doubt will slot right back in and very shortly be back into the mainstream of work, life and regular living again….
However, we will always have our dream time away to escape to in our mind for those occasions when humdrum kicks in.
Places where trees and fields are greener than green, livestock feed on the side of the road and the sea shore, cars and houses don’t get locked, children walk home from school without harm, clouds come in every shape and form, wind gusts make your eye lids wobble, you can sleep in a castle like a Lord and Lady and turn every corner with a new (or old) picture in your gaze to take your breath away.
We just keep telling our kids – save money and travel – the world is full of amazing places and people……go and see.
If you are reading this, our final UK2015 blog, thank you for ‘coming’ with us, we’ve enjoyed sharing our adventure with special friends and family each day.
Take care….
Love
Denise and Rob

Posted by DeniseUK15 07:16 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Half Way to Bethlehem

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Who would have thought the day would come so quickly! Our last sightseeing day for this holiday.
Some of you reading this will claim we've been gone for ages but we can't believe our time is up tomorrow!
We collected the Astra we booked from Avis at 10am, although it was disguised in a Peugeot 308 body.
Immediately we set off to Brecon,via the A470 passed Mertyr Thydfyl into the Brecon Beacons National Park.
In Brecon we looked at the Royal Welsh Regiment Museum. It was mainly a history of the South Wales Borderers although it does have other sections to it as well.
We had a brief look at Brecon and after using I the public toilets we left!!!!! Gladly leaving the world's worst public toilets behind. I think I can still smell them! ooo
Heading west on the A40 following the river Usk we drove toward Senny bridge and stopped off to look at an old church at Llywel.
We went through the quaint little town of Half Way. Welooked at each other and questioned what we were half way to or from!
We reached Llandovery and took the A4609 to Llangadog passing Bethlehem and wound our way up Black Mountain to see Carreg Lwyd. What an amazing sight. The view was spectacular. On a clear day you would be most likely to see the sea from there.
We went down to Brynamman, left the National Park, headed West again passed Ammanford, Pontarddulais, Gorseinon, Gowerton, to Upper Killay where we headed west In the A4118 and B4247 to Rhossili. The B4247 is basically someone' s property. There were cattle and sheep wandering all over the sides of the road, and on it. Hence it was a slower drive through that section.
We fell out of the car into a coffee shop at Rhossili Bay....clutching at our throats for caffeine!!! Thankgoodness it was good coffee and restored us so we could enjoy Worms Head. The beach sand is perfectly clear, as is the water. There is a large span of sand where people were playing, and despite the temperature there were a couple of people who were tempted into the water. I can imagine it is a favourite photographic spot for many and all times of the day and all seasons. The hotel and cafe would be frequented no doubt, all year round.
Setting Fred in the direction of Cardiff, he directed us through Swansea waterfront, the M4 and we arrived back at the Future Inn at 6:30, having done approx 180 miles.
Bella Italia fed us for dinner, for a fee of course, for our last UK Supper, for this trip. We both splurged, as Ally would say, and Rob had Vanilla Cheesecake and I had an Icecream Sundae (vanilla of course).
We've walked back to our room now to 'blog' and sleep.
Tomorrow we will be up at 6am, Rob will drop me at Cardiff Central with the cases then return the hire car. He'll then leg it back to the station where we'll catch the 8:25am am train to Paddington, take the Heathrow Connect to the airport and check in for our 13:30 flight to Dubai. We'll disembark for 2 hrs at Dubai then reboard and head to Perth for a 17:35 arrival.
Our last blog will be from home to tell you our flights went without a hitch, no excess baggage (we hope), no delays, no lost bags, plenty of sleep..........
Thank you for travelling with us....we've had such a wonderful trip. For me it has been my dream trip coming to fruition and it would not have been half as wonderful or full of as many adventures without Rob by my side.....
Tomorrow, I look forward to an enormous hug for and from Ally and Mum and Dad , with all the other men in my life maybe offering little ones...hehe
Until Perth for the windup.....
Night night from Cardiff, Wales.
Denise and Rob

Posted by DeniseUK15 20:48 Archived in Wales Comments (1)

Chepstow

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What do you do when you play hookey from the Conference.....you take a train trip to Chepstow in Monmouthshire.
If you walk to the train station, purchase two off peak day return tickets you can board the Arriva train at 10:12 and set off for a lovely day.
The train went through Newport with its ruins of yhte old castle and several bridges across the River Severn. There were a few nice churches between Newport and Caldicott.
We arrived in Chepstow and explored the town on foot, up and down a few hilly streets, through breaks in the Port wall.
There was a special outing on at the Castle so many attendants were dressed in period costume, adopting particular personas to encourage students to learn and recall facts from history dating around the life and times of the castle approx 1200 onwards. It was one of the first Norman castles to be errected on the orders of William I.
The Wye River running along side the castle looked like iced coffee. It was the milkiest brown water with sloppy mud banks. The natural life in the river us struggling to survive because the 'cleaner' water washing in is upsetting the water balance and clearing it...
From the castle we observed the Wye Bridge was currently closed as work is being done on it. Therefore we could not cross the river. We had a walk along the river and ate a Ploughmans lunch at Afgo Gwy. We saw the chalk wall, the Gloucester hole in the wall and visited St Marys church. The c hurch had a mixture of architecture resulting from additions over different periods. Its ceiling was plain wood, an ornate main stain glass window and the very colourful Worcester Tomb of Lord Herbert of Chestow and Gower and his wife Elizabeth. The memorial stones surrounding the church dated back as some of the oldest wed seen with many signifying entire families and as wed seen in other cemetaries many infants.
We walked to the shopping area along little winding streets through the Town Gate.
We had a cup of coffee when we returned to the train station at 3pm, waited for the 3:17pm Fishguard train to return us to Cardiff Central.
THEN.......the antique store we referred to a couple of days ago in our blog, was open today to allow people to set up for the Thursday trading that we will miss tomorrow as we are going to The Brecon Beacons........ we set off for a 'look' on our way back to the Bay...
.......JUST AS WELL... because Rob's birthday present was hanging there just waiting for him to spot it ...He found a Scots Guard Ceremonial Tunic. It is significant to him because it was his father's regiment. We can take it home and it can now become part of his library collection and display.
Tonight's task was to organise the cases for one last time as we'll be leaving the hotel by about 715 on Friday morning and tomorrow well be busy all day. Besides if we put it all in the cases tonight it will have time to settle/shrink into position before we close them, maybe dehydrate a bit, lose weight and we won't have to flash our HEAVY stickers on Friday!..... intense discussion being had here to define the meaning of the heavy sticker. Mmm
Sadly tomorrow will be day 43 of our 44 day holiday....... won't think about that tonight.

Posted by DeniseUK15 22:23 Archived in Wales Comments (0)

Thank goodness for £10

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Denise: I spent the day today with Jenny. Some friends in life you can see face to face too rarely but share a day with and enjoy relaxed conversation, drinking coffee and sharing stories as though you saw them regularly. Jenny trained over from Cheltenham to Cardiff today for our catch up day. She'd taken the day off work so we could add another day to our time together this visit. We spent some wonderful days with her and Kieron 4 wks ago at their home and they kindly shared family, Tewksbury, The Cotswolds and other beautiful times and places with us. This time though it was girl only time.
All I need to say is we talked and walked and coffeed and looked at things in stores until our time ran out too soon and sadly I hugged her goodbye again..... until next time. We parted having exchanged gifts, our birthday gift for her and she gave us a painting done by her mum....beautiful of the Cotswolds and home made rhubarb crumble for after our dinner tonight...yum.
Our friendship has been long and endured many stages of each others lives via letters, aerograms, cards, emails and texts and it's a friendship I treasure. £10 put her and Rob in my country as children so our paths could cross and add such value to my life. Thank goodness.
Rob: I spent the day at a Conference at the Wales Millenium Centre. The people were nice, Some of the posters were good, the lectures were ok but nothing staggeringy new really. Food and coffee was good ...always important

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