UK 2019 – Part 5

Just look at these two! These faces greeted us in Balham! Introducing brothers Mustaine and Anchovy. They were huge personalities and well, just huge cats! Balham was a wonderful surprise to me. I loved it! Our new home was in a clean, quiet street just around the corner from a lively, interesting part of town. We were surrounded by open park spaces and in easy reach of Tooting, Streatham and Wandsworth. All these areas had their own unique colourful character

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UK 2019: Part 4

Yes, we returned to Brighton! As I mentioned, this year we planned to spend the summer 'sans' car. With that in mind we searched out pet sits in cities, cities we liked. London and Brighton! Pet sits in these locations were high demand so we were super grateful when chosen for good some ones! We applied for over forty sits in all and were accepted for seven! Anyway, I digress! We spent the summer ping ponging between London and Brighton.

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UK 2019: Part 3

Hello Kensington! And 'Hello!' to Florence and Frieda! Kensington was home for a truly wonderful three weeks! Florence and Frieda were such sweethearts. They had their quirks but they were well behaved on walks (apart from when a squirrel was in sight) and great company when we stayed home. Kensington is just the best location. Kensington High Street offers all you could possibly need. Holland Park, Notting Hill, Kensington Gardens, the Albert Hall, Hyde Park and many museums are all

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UK 2019: Part 2

It's hard to know exactly what I find so welcoming and interesting about London. Maybe it's just because it's familiar! Although, London is never completely familiar - it's constantly changing! This year home took shape in places I'd never previously stayed. What fun! Highgate was one such place and Figaro was our next host! We stayed in a lovely flat just down the road from Highgate tube station. The area is a fair way out of central London but public

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UK 2019: Part 1

Spring was in full swing and May was upon us again so it was time to think about our annual escapade! As birds fly south in winter we so made our annual migration in the opposite direction (ish) for the summer. Our flights tend to be booked with whichever airline gives us the best deal, price balanced with time in the air and stopovers. We're not so loyal when it comes to air travel. We are however, pretty set in

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UK 2018: Part 6

Cornwall the finale! Our time in Liskeard was sadly speeding to its end. We'd travelled to many a coastal town and driven through Bodmin moor on each occasion. It was now time to explore to see what we'd been passing by. Cornwall: Bodmin Moor - Caradon Hill Caradon Hill was once famous for its copper mines but these are all now closed. In its heyday, in the 19th century, the biggest copper mine in the UK was situated here. Other smaller derelict

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UK 2018: Part 5

Cornwall the sequel... The Cornish weather remained kind to us allowing our adventures to continue. We'd heard of a lovely coastal walk which serendipitously finished in another little fishing village on our itinerary. Cornwall: Talland and Polperro We drove to Talland, which is a tiny hamlet close enough to the sea to dip its toes in the water. There's not much there except for a church and a cosy cafe, oh and a quiet cove with a beach. Having parked

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UK 2018: Part 4

Cornwall! Hurrah! Home of many of my childhood holidays. I couldn't wait! Beautiful Whistlefish greeting card! Cornwall: Liskeard We arrived in good time. In fact, we were early. We parked and took a stroll around the town. Liskeard is inland and so it doesn't have the same quaint feel of the seaside towns. It does, however, have all you need on a day to day basis - stores, supermarkets, banks, a post office and restaurants. And those all important charity

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UK 2018: Part 3

From East Sussex to North Yorkshire is quite a trek, but we took it easy and arrived in time for tea (albeit a late one). Yorkshire: York Pat, our Airbnb host, was a lovely lady who had indeed provided us with tea and cake on our arrival. This was our view the following morning. York is a beautiful city! Our Airbnb home for the next few days was far enough out of the city to be peaceful, but just about

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UK 2018: Part 2

So, onto pet sit number 2. Well almost! We had a few days between pet sits so opted for a couple of nights in an Airbnb in Hove, a stone's, or should I say a pebble's throw, from Brighton. Sussex: Hove and Brighton I spent many happy childhood hours in Hove. My Grandmother lived there and we'd regularly go shopping together - I would be running to keep up with her strong, invincible stride - that and collecting pebbles from

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