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Monday August 31st - Wednesday September 2nd

All Good Things......

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This entry is simply to round things off and tie up a few loose ends. Today we left our accommodation and drove to Manchester Airport where we dropped off the car and caught the plane to London. From there we caught the plane to Singapore, then another to Melbourne, and finally one to Adelaide. So it was a long and tiring trip back, but it was good to be back, with a heightened appreciation for our more relaxed pace of life, and free parking!

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Sunday August 30th

A Family Affair

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This morning I had a quiet morning catching up with things on the 'net while David and Margaret continued to explore some of the places they remembered from the time they lived here. In the afternoon, we went around to Margaret's cousin's place (Susan) and met Graham her husband and Amy and Bethany, their two very friendly and very talkative daughters. Most girls of that age are shy with adult strangers but not these two. They chatted as if they had known me for ages, and later showed me some magic tricks which they had learnt from their uncle. A little later we went all drove around to see Susan's mum and dad, Maureen and Bill, as well as a few other relatives. Bill was a real laugh and it was easy to see what he was like in his younger days; it seems his sense of humour hasn't changed.
Our final meal in England, fittingly, was fish and chips from the local shop. And very nice they were too; as a member of the over 50's club I reluctantly try to restrict my intake of such delicacies so I was very pleased to have an excuse to tuck into them again.
I will add here that today, as on other days when I visited David and Margaret's friends and relatives, who until recently were strangers to me, I was made to feel more than welcome, and always made to feel part of the family. I go away with many happy memories of this final part of our long trip, which in some ways rival our earlier experiences. So here I am on November 19th with Christmas just around the corner, making the final entries to my blog. My simple advice to anyone contemplating such a trip is...if you are in a position to do it, then go. The opportunity may not always be there.

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Saturday August 29th

Magical Mystery Tour

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Today we were the guests of Graham and Susan, and we spent the day around Liverpool and district. Again we could see the advantage of having locals as tour guides, as they knew exactly where the most interesting sights were, and we didn't have the hassle of working out the local transport system. We explored the Albert Docks, and visited a fascinating museum which featured the maritime history of Liverpool, and the role that black slavery played in the development of Liverpool as a city. We went on a tour of the waterways and city streets on an amphibious vehicle, then walked to Mathew Street and saw the famous Cavern Nightclub where the Beatles used to play. We took the famous "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey" of "Gerry and the Pacemakers" fame, and finished off a very full and enjoyable day with tea at a local pub.

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Friday August 28th

A Quiet Day

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This morning while the Unsworths explored some of their old haunts, I stayed in the motel and caught up on a small backlog of online business. I had taken out a rather expensive 5-day internet deal for the time we were in the motel, and I wanted to get my money's worth without eating into my holiday time.
That afternoon, we headed back to Joan and Keith's place where Joan made us tea, and then we all went around to Joan's sister Christine, and her husband Terry's place where we socialised until late.
It may have been on this drive home, that a blind trust in the GPS took us "the long way home" as it sought to take us home via the motorway, even though it took us several kilometres out of our way.

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Thursday August 27th

A Day in the Peak District

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Today we met up with a couple that Margaret had met a number of years ago through the organisation GFS (a Christian ministry to children), also called Margaret, her husband Cliff and daughter Poppy. We skirted around Manchester, entered the Peak District and drove along the aptly named Snake Road through Snake Pass to the Ladybower Reservoir, where we met up with them, then transferred to the van which they had hired for the day. We saw the Derwent Dam (of Dambusters fame - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBJYA9H68Zg) and then spent the rest of the day touring the Peak District, exploring its small towns, climbing its hills (well, one anyway; Mam Tor), and dining at a local restaurant (where they sell Bakewell Tarts). I particularly enjoy the country areas of Britain, and in fact I had seen parts of the Peak District when I was here in 2001 visiting my brother and family in Wales. I had stayed at the Ravenstor YHA, a National Trust property with great views, and was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it again. We finished the day at Chatsworth Estate before heading back to the car. Our generous hosts had clearly gone to a lot of effort and expense to ensure that we had an memorable day, and we did. Any attempts to pay our way were cleverly thwarted, so we had no choice but to sit back and enjoy it.

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