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Mother's Day

BY ABBY

overcast 15 °C
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Today we celebrated Mother's Day, even though in the UK, Mother's Day had been on March 30th. It was kind of a relief, as we didn't run into hoards of mothers wanting the world to comply with everything and anything they wanted. So it was good, as we only had to deal with one of them.

Homemade Mother's Day scones with clotted cream and jam - thanks, Hannah!

Homemade Mother's Day scones with clotted cream and jam - thanks, Hannah!

We started the day off with some freshly baked scones that Hannah had gotten up early to make. Breakfast was followed by presents, which consisted of two pairs of earings (one from Hannah and one from Dad), a matching necklace (Dad), and a SUPER FANTASTIC AWESEOME SPA SET, which was made up of Scottish soap, Hadrian's Foot Balm, English hot chocolate and a card with a 19th century paisly pattern offering free nailpolish paintings and foot massage.Mother's Day in the Cotswolds

Mother's Day in the Cotswolds

After cleanup we were all off to Burton-on-the-water to walk around a little and look at shops. Most of the stores were packed full of little objects, and even though we knew we wouldn't be able to buy anything (if we had even wanted any of the stuff) it was fun to look. The weather wasn't that great, and it rained a sprinkled for the duration of our time out, but it wasn't too bad as we spent most of the time in the stores anyways. Going through the little town is a river which we walked beside for some time, watching the ducks and ducklings trying to swim against the current, and getting pushed back by the pressure of the water.

Burton-on-the-Water

Burton-on-the-Water

At around three o'clock my mom decided to go back home and we ate lunch back at the house and then spent the rest of the afternoon looking at earlier pictures from the trip. For dinner we had hamburgers and salad, and finished the evening with three West Wings, cookies and chips. Mom says that she loved the day, and that she definately didn't waste it because we got up at 9 and didn't go to bed until after midnight.

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Posted by KZFamily 10:00 Archived in England Tagged shops rain england walking burton-on-the-water mother's_day Comments (2)

Hadrian's Wall Washout

by Abby with a closing endnote by Ben

semi-overcast 15 °C
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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

This morning we drove off to Hadrian's Wall, which is a wall that was built to keep the Scottish Barbarians out of England. We had planned to walk alongside the wall for a while, checking out the museum that was along the way. But our plans changed a little when we realized that the forecast for warm sunny weather had been wrong. It was cold, windy and wet when we got in, but we decided to at least walk the 10 minutes to the museum, in hopes that once we were finished there the weather would have passed.

The museum was small, but informative, and it even had a short video presentation as well. We were all hoping to learn a little more about the wall though, but all we were able to discover were facts about the Roman soldiers, and what their life had been like in the fortresses and barracks.

More about the wall here, and here.

Walking on top of Hadrian's Wall

Walking on top of Hadrian's Wall

The weather had cleared a little when we finished our stop, so we gave the walk another go, and were even able to walk across the top of the wall for a stretch. But the rain came back again, and we all agreed that maybe the car was a better place for us to go, instead of onwards in to the sheep infested fields. My dad was disappointed, because he had looked forward to this walk for so long, but decided that it was for the better, and none of us would have enjoyed ourselves anyway, maybe not even him.

We chose to fill this extra time with driving to Durham, which is the city close to the inn we are staying in. When we got to the city the weather was much better, and there was sunshine and only a slight breeze. We stopped for a quick bite to eat at a small cafe, and walked around for a half hour. Then my mom and I opted to go see the third Iron Man movie together in the nearby theater, while Hannah and my dad walked around for a couple more hours.

For dinner we ate out at a a place similar to Noodle Box.. but it was loads better. Right now the other three are walking down by the ocean and I'm stuck here writing a blog.. but that's life I guess.

Walking Durham and an Evening Stroll by the Sea

by Ben

Rowboats on the River Wear

Rowboats on the River Wear

While Muriel and Abby were engaging in bit of Hollywood escapism, Hannah and I walked Durham. The town is home to a prestigious university (3rd oldest and the rival to an "Oxbridge" education) with an excellent rowing team, a stunning cathedral and a spiderweb of cobblestone streets all set along the picturesque Wear River. Hannah and I enjoyed the warm sunshine and walked the river that loops back on itself and takes you through the town and sprawling university. The final university term extends through to the end of June so the banks were teeming with students relaxing along the grassy banks of the river, rowing the river or making there way to the town to do some serious "clubbing." The dress code for the women consists of ultrahigh heels and and ultra high hemlines while all the guys are in shortsleeves and jeans. It appears mid to late afternoon is when it all starts.

While Abby chose to be dropped off at the Three Horseshoes Inn, the rest of us drove several miles further to get to the coast and a enjoy a stroll along the grass covered bluffs next to the ocean. The slanting evening rays of the sun gave the whole landscape a golden glow. Hadrian's wall may have been a wash but our afternoon and evening were warm compensation.

Posted by KZFamily 11:14 Archived in England Tagged rain england sheep walk durham hadrian's_wall Comments (1)

Meall a' Bhuachaille Route: The All Weather Trail

BY ABBY

all seasons in one day 8 °C
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View on the Meall a' Bhuachaille Route

View on the Meall a' Bhuachaille Route

Today we went for yet another hike in Cairngorms National Park, this one was in Glenmore Forest Park. The walk itself was titled Meall a'Bhuachaille..you all can have a go at trying to pronounce that one (Bh is pronouced "V").

Today's hike turned out a little different. It was fine at first, the weather wasn't too bad and the sun even came out a few times, but as we neared the summit of our little hill we noticed that the wind was picking up, and some dark grey clouds were headed our way. A few minutes later some snow started to fall down on us, which wasn't bad at first, it just meant sticking another layer on to keep warm and we would be free to continue on. But it started to come down faster, and turned into hard little bits of ice which we were pelted with continuously. When we got to the top there was a small wall of rocks which we sat behind to try and stay out of the wind. But it looked to us as if there could be rain coming and so we decided that we might as well continue walking, as we'd be wet either way. The wind had picked up even more, but we pushed through, hoping we could find the shelter that the information centre had said was somewhere along the way. The rain never did come, but the hail stayed unfortunately. But as we got partway down the other side we were able to get out of most of it, which was quite a relief. The hillside was pretty steep, and a little slippery from the few days of weather, which isn't a great combination. But at least the other three were able to keep their footing. Closer to the base we found the shelter that we had heard about, and decided to stop in for a few minutes to have a little lunch. We were joined later by a few others, along with their 8 month year old dog. You all are probably thinking "Aww, how cute.. a puppy!", but it wasn't quite like that. It looked to us like a cross of a Doberman and a Rottweiler, and it was so huge that even the man holding his collar looked to be having trouble. Some of you may know that one of my biggest fears are dogs, especially large ones... who aren't on a leash... and are very energetic... and want your chocolate. But we were soon on our way again, eager to get on with our walk. The rest of the hike was very flat, as we just circled around the bottom of the hill around to our car. But before we were able to seek refuge in Winston, we got our last bit of weather, some nice rain to finish everything off nicely.

Meall a' Bhuachaille Route near Summit

Meall a' Bhuachaille Route near Summit

When we finished our route we decided that we were done for today, as the weather had been pretty nasty and we all just wanted to have a warm drink, or in my case, a shower.

I've also decided to include a short summary, if the details were just too much to handle and get your head around.

Wow, this is pretty. Yeah, quite nice. Now I'm tired... and hot. Oh, but not for long. Wow, that's a strong wind. Ooh, snow! Ow... ow that hurts... wow, that's a lot of hail. Yay, the top! WIND.. MORE WIND. Lots more hail. Finally, a break with food and shelter! OH MY GOODNESS.. IS THAT A BEAR? No? Just a dog?.. okay... Great, this is nice and flat. The car is so close!!... but... RAIN.

After we got home my parents took a nap (surprise surprise!!) and Hannah and I just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. Later we got a knock on our door, and when we answered it turned out to be our friendly landlords offering us some freshly baked scones. They were warm and delicious and we all thoroughly enjoyed them. My mom was even able to wiggle her way into getting the extra one.

Posted by KZFamily 11:58 Archived in Scotland Tagged rain scotland mountain hill weather hike wind hail cairngorms_park scones Comments (3)

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