Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hello! It's good to be home.

We are home at last, but not yet back to the land of the living. India is having a hard time adjusting to the timezone and is therefore keeping the rest of us out of sync. At least they are still on school holidays for another week so everything should be back to normal then. I am back to reality with my first day back at work today. We have a new starter who is really nice but I have a huge pile of work to get through..ugh.

We had such a wonderful time on our holiday, where to begin? It was jam packed each day with only one day to lounge around (the day before our flight home). Talking about our flight home, we did not encounter any problems on our entire trip until we landed back in Sydney. With the industrial action our 9:00 pm flight as cancelled as we had to take a 3 hour bus trip back to Canberra, followed by a taxi home. We made it home at 1:30am after 2 1/2 days travel...yuck. The kids are very happy to be home and don't won't to leave the house until they return to school next week.

We drove just over 1900 miles* in all over the 4 weeks, saw many castles, and historic places, got to go to a few carboot sales, and an antique fair, and had a great time at the Pleasure beach at Blackpool. We were also lucky enough to see The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium with Micheal Crawford, it was incredible. I am sorry to say that I missed out on meeting up with Cate (A Vintage Mum) and never had the chance to visit Niki at the Nostalgia at the Stone House at Shepton Mallet either.

I am happy to be home to wide open spaces..some of the tiny roads we drove down were intense, not as intense as the tiny lane the GPS took us down in Crewkerne, where I could hardly talk as Mr T asked if he was clear on my side of the car...a tiny squeak is all that could leave my lips!

I nearly killed myself on the Red Double Decker Bus tour on my way up the top the the stairs the driver took off and I nearly fell to my death. The tour was o.k, but I would not recommend it to anyone. The underground was also difficult for a travelling family (especially carrying luggage) but would be great for a couple or with grown up children.

The towns and London were very clean. Tescos was fantastic and the pound shop was another favourite. I was also impressed that the trolleys were so easy to push around (I had to struggle with one yesterday) and that they have a lot of different trolley options for wheelchairs etc which I have not seen here. I know...its the little things that I noticed.

Back home to expensive food, petrol has gone up and the shops have changed some of the aisles around. We have only been away a few weeks and so much has changed. I did, however, see somebody in their pj's at the shopping centre on my way to work though..some things never change!

Overall it was a great experience and everyone was lovely (except for the publican at the Mousetrap Inn @ Bourton on the Water...would not recommend this place at all). We had great weather, although we were drenched in Bath, and at the Ardingly Antique Fair and Blackpool was pretty cold. We came home to freezing weather would you believe. Today at least it was nice.

I can happily recommend the following if you are planning a stay in the UK: Traffic Self Drive for car hire (fantastic), Brittons Hill Cottage (Kent), Farleigh Woods (Somerset/Wiltshire), Earby House Oddington (Cotswolds), Blackpool Wakepark (Blackpool, but only for a group of 4) and Kensington West Hotel (London) were all great places to stay.

I have lots of photos to show but don't want to bore you with the whole slide show snaps if you are not interested. Let me know if you would like to see some in the next post.

* we use metric measurement, so we had no idea how far a yard was and still don't know!


*Maristella* said...

Hi Tamara....bellissimo viaggio!!!
Mi dispiace che tu non sia riucita a visitare queste due bravissime creative, le loro creazuioni sono meravigliose!! Lovely!!
Buon ritorno e buon lavoro, *Maristella*.

Kylie said...

Welcome back Tamara, I wouldn't be bored...I'd love to see your pics x

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Welcome back! It sounds like you had an action packed trip. I would love to see some photo's.

Em x

Hello Vintage said...

Glad to hear you are home and safe, sounds like you had a wonderful time. I would also love to see some pics! Sherry :)

the old boathouse said...

Omg Tamara I am so glad you are home I have missed you sooo much aargh!!! So glad you had such a good trip can't wait to hear more. Bore away you know I am old school and love a good slide show. I particularly want details on car boots fairs etc..... Did you see any famous antiquedealers from foxtel shows? Yes I am that vacuous he he celebrity sitings are important site seeing activities for mexxx ps hope you recorded our shows while you were gone luv Katherine

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Hey Tamara....!

WONDERFUL to have you all back SAFE & SOUND Lovey....SORRY to hear it's taking India's bodyclock time to adjust....I'm one of those LUCKY people who doesn't suffer jetlag at all but I understand it's a BUGGER if you do....!!!!!

I look forward to seeing some pics when you've cleared some of that PESKY backlog at work.....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah xxx

vintageandart said...

Sounds like you had sooo much fun and that the weather Gods WERE kind, what a fantastic experience for the kids as well...l had a bit of a chortle over your country lanes drive though l'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, bloody GPS's. We also got drenched in Bath, maybe it should be renamed Shower haha!! Sorry to hear you had to endure a bus ride home after all that..struth how annoying!! l too would really enjoy seeing some of your pics/slides..sounds great. Take it easy at work Tam,can't you delegate to the new person!!

Nelly said...

Yay your back what fun cant wait to see pics wont be bored as Id lve to go over there.Did you do any boot sales?Did you buy some vintage? Now tell me what the Publican at the Mousetrap did.

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Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Welcome back Tam! Glad to hear you had such a great time! YES want to see more! xo

Vintage Jane said...

Good to have you back. Would love to see some photos! You were almost on my doorstep in Crewkerne. You really should have called in! M x

Annie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip, just sorry we didn't get the chance to meet you. Can't wait to see more of your photos.
Ann x

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Tamara, only just catching up with your blog. My life has been non-stop for weeks, not only with the Vintage fairs,, also stuff at home to sort out too. Did you attend that hideous Ardingly fair with the hurricane then....