UK 2009

Peter and Diane travelled to England and Wales

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We flew to London and stayed for a couple of nights
Travelled to Shrewsbury for a night
Spent two nights in Caernarvon
two weeks in Barnsley and three more nights in London

For scale, London to Barnsley is about 150 miles



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From Barnsley we made day trips to Yorkshire (countryside), York, Leeds, Sheffield, Derbyshire (countryside), Nottingham, the Potteries (Stafford) and the East Coast which is off the map to the top right

For scale, Leeds to Barnsley is 20 miles



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The first stop was the Air Forces Memorial. A quadrangle with beautiful grounds …



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…and an amazing number of names



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Next we walked down through the woods to the banks of the Thames seeing Arum Lily fruits on the way



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The Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede - it was the first ever Bill Of Rights; forced by the Nobles on the King in 1215



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It limited the powers of the King to punish people and take their property without recourse



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Interestingly, the memorial was provided by the Amercan Bar Association.



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The Thames was beatiful



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Next stop, on the way back was at Windsor Castle



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Windsor Castle



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Windsor Castle



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Windsor Church



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Windsor Castle



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Windsor Town Hall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren (He also did St. Paul's cathedral). His design had pillars around the periphery to support the floor above but nothing in the middle. The design was refused as unstable.So he built it with four pillars arranged in the center under the top storey. ...But, unbeknownst to the committee he left an inch of air above each of the pillars and it is still standing.



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So, back to Hideaway House, the B&B

The next day we had wonderful, camera-less day at Kew Gardens



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Friday morning we left for North Wales. The first stop was Bletchley Park.



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It was the most richly decorated "small" House we have seen



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It was where the "Enigma" German code was solved in 1940 and was a significant factor in winning the war. The first programmable computer was also built here



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On to a B&B in Shrewsbury on the border of England and Wales. This was built in the 1400s.



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It had creaks to match its age



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Shrewsbury has a castle



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surrounded by magnificent gardens



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Castle Gardens



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Castle Gardens



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Darwin grew up in Shrewsbury and they were celebrating his 200th birthday



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Castle Gardens



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On to Wales. Welsh is an ancient language still spoken quite widely. It has some different pronunciations, for example -w- is pronounced like the -uu- in vacuum (which we call a double -u-!!) and double -L- sounds as though you are clearing your throat.



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The first stop was Betws-y-Coed (pronounced bet-oose-i-co-ed) and the Swallow Falls. We are getting into the mountains and this is quite alpine in appearance.



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Caernarvon was our next two nights. The castle is one of the largest and is where the Prince of Wales - the eldest son of the English Sovereign is Invested.

The Welsh spelling is Caernarfon - they pronounce -f- like an English -v- and need-ff- to produce the English -f- sound



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The castle wall extends around the whole old town



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Town Wall



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Beaumaris Castle was the goal the next day. It is just across the water in Anglesey - a Welsh island.



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Across from a rather splendid pub. Note the rain - it rained a little almost every day, but not enough to spoil things.



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On the way back we stopped in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which is a village where the main street is a little shorter than its name.

Here is the pronunciation



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The next day we travelled to Barnsley, first stopping at Aber Falls - a delightful walk in perfect weather



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This was our first Kissing Gate, designed to prevent animals from getting through by having a swinging gate with a cage big enough for a person to get through. The kissing part is the toll that is invariably levied by the first person through.



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A beautiful bench



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The hills are slate which easily splits into sheets. These are useful for roofs and fences and paving stones and…. And cheap



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We passed horses that were not afraid



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and gorgeous heather-covered hillsides



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and trees covered with edible blackberries and sloe berries



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and harebells



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and rowan trees aka mountain ash



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and resting places



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and more heather



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and fox gloves



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and finally the falls



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Aber Falls



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Aber Falls



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Aber Falls



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Back to the road past a cottage and on to Barnsley



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Our Barnsley home



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...and the view from the bedroom window



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Our first day in Barnsley we made a nostalgia trip to Leeds via Wakefield



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The chantry chapel - privately built in the 1300s probably to ease a rich man into heaven



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Peter's Mother was born in the house that used to be here



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Farnley Hall where Grandfather used to be the go-to man



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Farnley Church (Church of England)



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A day out in Derbyshire. Chesterfield Church Spire



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The well dressing at Holymoorside. Well dressings are at the village well and are an originally pagan custom taken over and now fully supported by the church



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The theme for this village (about twenty villages have well dressings) was Darwin and his voyage on the Beagle seen here.



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The picture is made of natural objects such as flower petals, leaves and stones pressed into clay



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Well dressing detail



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Well dressing detail



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Well dressing detail



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Well dressing detail



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Well dressing detail



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Many wells have a picture created by the children. In this case it is Barbie! Since Darwin was 200 years old and Barbie was 50 years old I guess it is a logical choice?



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The local Methodist Chapel was having a Flower Celebration with remembrances for its members



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Flower Celebration



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Flower Celebration



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Flower Celebration



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The next stop was Eyam. The village had the misfortune to order a bolt of cloth from London in 1665. It contained fleas infected with the bubuonic plague which killed over 100,000 in London.



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The village isolated itself and prevented the plague from spreading



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Plague Cottage



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Eyam Church



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Its sundial-clock



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The churchyard contains a Saxon Cross from 800 A.D.



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We found the villagers making their well dressing which was to be dedicated that weekend



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It included a childrens well dressing



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Creating a well dressing



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Next stop was Monsal Dale

The white specks are geese being reared for Christmas Dinner



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which is spanned by an old railway viaduct which is now a hiking trail



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with a pretty river running through it



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a weir provides an ideal fish habitat ($40/day for a fishing ticket)



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Beautiful Weir



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Then Lathkill Dale



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More great fishing



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Next day, just up from the house is the South Yorkshire Sculpture Gardens - it took over the grounds of a stately home.



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Sculpture Gardens



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Sculpture Gardens



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Sculpture Gardens



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Sculpture Gardens



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It also had hedgehogs



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Sculpture Gardens



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and fine old trees.

That night Peters brother John arrived for the weekend



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The next day the three of us went to the East Coast. The first stop was Beverley Minister



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Beverley Minster



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Beverley Minster



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Beverley Minster



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Beverley Minster



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Beverley Minster



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Beverley Minster



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Beverley Minster



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We visited Flamborough Head with chalk cliffs up to 400 feet high



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And then Filey Brigg



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Followed by Whiby with its Abbey



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Dracula's Coffin was washed up at the cliffs below Whitby Abbey (truth!) but this is not the coffin, nor the contents



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Later we went down into the town of Whitby. This is a fishing town from which Captain Cook sailed to discover much of the South Pacific



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Although it was a bit chilly



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The setting sun provided some amusement



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The old lifeboat from the 1940's is now used for pleasure trips



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The next day was to Sherwood Forest and Nottingham



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Sherwood Forest



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The Major Oak is the largest oak in England



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Sherwood Forest



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And there are a lot of other very old trees in the area



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Sherwood Forest



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Kids love the Robin Hood story



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Nottingham is not complete without reference to the crusades



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The Trip to Jerusalem, carved out of the rock on which stands Nottingham Castle



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…and feeling up Robin



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The next day was Bolton Abbey and the Bronte country. At Bolton Abbey they just let the sheep out



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Bolton Abbey



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In front of the main house



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Bolton Abbey



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The Abbey was still awe-inspiring



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Bolton Abbey



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Bolton Abbey



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Bolton Abbey



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The church literally attached to the abbey is still active



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In Haworth we went to the Bronte Museum



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We spent the day in Leeds again, visiting St. Peters church downtown



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and the Corn Exchange



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Corn Exchange



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The next day was in York. Diane took pictures of mail delivery for her son who works for the Post Office



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and we visited York Minster which is the #2 church in Britain



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and the Shambles which is a very old shopping street



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and the little church across from the minster where Guy Fawkes was married (he is the Guy that tried to blow up the Houses of Parliamtn on November 5th



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We visited the pottery district where all the famous china is manufactured and toured the Wedgewood visitor center. Cheadle, near by, has a fantastic Victorian church that is the most decorated I have ever seen in Britain



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Cheadle Catholic Church



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Cheadle Catholic Church



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Cheadle Catholic Church



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Cheadle Catholic Church



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Cheadle Catholic Church



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On the way home we went to Ilam



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and Dove Dale. This is where Isaak Walton wrote The Compleat Angler. One of the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales



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Dove Dale



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Dove Dale



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Dove Dale



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The river was flooding (all the rain!) but we managed to forge a path



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On Saturday we were all ready to go to the Chatsworth Country Fair, but when we found they charged $25 each for entry we went to Bakewell just down the road



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On the way home we found a cricket match and stayed to watch for a short while



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We spent the last two days in London. Trafalgar Square



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Trafalgar Square



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Trafalgar Square



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St Martins in the Field is at the side of the square and we visited



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A very unusual statue outside



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St Martins



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And a cafeteria in the crypt



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Admiralty Arch leads from Trafalgar Square to Bucking ham Palace



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But we went via the Horse Guard Parade



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Horse Guards



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Horse Guards



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and St James Park



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Squirrel Feeding



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Moorhen Feeding



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Autumn Crocuses



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Australian Black Swan



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Diana Memorial Walk



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Big trees



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The duck pond



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Buckingham Palace



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Buckingham Palace



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Buckingham Palace



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Westminster Abbey



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Big Ben



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The BIG WHEEL. It rotates very slowly, but continuously, and passengers mount and dismount from a moving walkway that goes at the sam speed (when they are at ground level)



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Our final day we took a boat ride down the river to Tower Bridge



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and the Tower of London



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We passed a new building that lights up with green lights at night. It is called The Gherkin. There is a local myth that this is the headquarters of Viagra. I think it is actually Preparation H



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We finished by meeting Tanis, Tarja and their Mother at Harrods



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