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End of my journey

Sad to tell you all – it is coming to a close of my journey and adventure here in England. I’ve had a blast, learned a lot, made lots of cool friends…

But the time has come for me to return back home and pursue other adventures… I will be ending my journey on the 17th of October 2010. I will be posting shortly pictures since april to when I leave.

October 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Happy Easter

Well the first 2 weeks of April have come and gone. And I’ll tell you that I lived it up. It was exciting. Last week I took a trip along the East coast! Went to Whitby, and then took a quick detour to Filey… Silly to drive almost an hour to get a Knickerbocker Glory (which it ended up that Filey didnt sell anyway – πŸ˜› ) But here’s some pictures

these are some of the best pictures taken… with my roommate Kitty and my friend Andrew.

This week is full with MORE road trips so stay tuned!!

April 12, 2010 at 9:53 pm 2 comments

March

Well for all you fans – who have been disappointed I haven’t posted anything for the last couple months – well because there was nothing to post. Life is not very exciting for me right now. had very little income to do anything…

So recently I had to take my car in for an MOT (a motor test to make sure the car is road worthy) – passed that with flying colours! And I recently changed over my insurance for my car – I still cant believe i’ve been in England for a year now!!

So here is a picture of only SOME of my friends who celebrated my one year mark with me πŸ™‚

It’s been quite a year! And I did enjoy the 3 weeks vacation back home… Actually as much as i said it wouldnt happen – i did get home sick when i came back to England and did want to come home — but i stuck it out and am doing fine now…

But I’m itching for my new adventure now – ready for the next one!

Met a new friend – Andrew. We have gone on a couple adventures of our own and here is just a snippet of things we’ve done. We’ve fed the ducks at Rufford (and visited Andrew’s birth town), and we went to see a spiral steeple in Chesterfield…

This last weekend we headed off West – to the West Coast – we visited a place called BlackPool! It was so fun to see the carnivals, and carnival games, and the gambling machines (which I won 20 pence just by walking by the machine and being observant – I didnt even have to spend more than 6 pence)… But it was a great day, but very cold!

this is a really good photo… i like it, but dont know why i always stand like that…. We also enjoyed ourselves on the beach, and playing mini golf!

and this sunset picture – sooo beautiful on the beach… what a great way to end a really fantastic night.

Well until i go on my next adventure i will say “adios” till next time.

March 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm 2 comments

January

Well I am back πŸ™‚ I made it safely to my home in merry ol’ England, and its good to be back…
But as my mom commented in to the last blog entry – on the Tuesday I got back I woke up to a nice and lovely surprise: SNOW!!!! It was great – here i was all sad that I missed the snow in England, but I got a chance to see it – I’ve had a couple snowball fights (didnt get to catch them though as I was getting snow shoved in my face, etc)…

We did recieve snow all week – whats frustrating is that lots of schools (on Wed there were – that I counted – 235 schools – primary, highschool, and universities/colleges closed) – can you believe it!?!?!?!? But I guess they’re not equipped for snow up to your ankles – that does melt quite fast and turn to ice quite fast at night/morning…

Christmas at home was really fantastic as well… Loved visiting with the family… Here’s a couple pictures – compare the snow…

this last picture is of the winter wonderland we had in our own house – made by my younger sister as a surprise for my dad… I thought it was cute and thoughtful πŸ™‚

January 8, 2010 at 12:05 am 4 comments

London part II

So here are some more pictures from my London adventures.

This is the London Bridge.

Here is the London Tower – I would’ve loved to go inside but there was just soo much to see – so I’ll go back one day to go inside of it. And this is Tower Bridge (best picture I could get while it’s under construction):

of course I had to go to Platform 9 3/4. And look – I’m a wizzard!

That’s pretty much my trip. We spent a lot of time on the underground, and wondering around looking at different places – didnt really stop to go inside any of the attractions because we were having fun looking at it all… But going inside will be a totally different trip.

I’m off home for the christmas – so I’ll talk to you all in the new year!!

December 24, 2009 at 11:32 pm 1 comment

London Part I

OK – sorry it’s delayed… I’m still working on getting all the pictures off my computer. So here is a start of some pictures… It was an awesome trip and I enjoyed being with my cousin. I thought the city was very amazing – but I must say that I’m quite happy up North (where I live) – I’m not a big fan of the super busy and pushy life. I was in London for 1.5 days and saw as many touristy things as I possibly could – here is the first installment.

Buckingham palace

Tower Bridge and the place we spent half the time – the tube. I still dont know the system though – get turned around all the time, thank goodness had my cousin to help me πŸ™‚

Parliament, and Big Ben. It really is big! There’s another picture of big ben from the Westminster Abbey (which we didnt get to during tourist times 😦 And behind it is the London Eye – didnt go on it too expensive but it looked fun!

December 22, 2009 at 1:22 am 1 comment

York Ball – Oscars

I noticed i have not written for about a month. Nothing really exciting has happened to write about. there is one event that happened since guy fawks night – its called “Pudsey Bear” – and its a fundraiser that goes on throughout the whole England in schools, and everywhere (a telethon on TV) – its to help children in need. I taught on that day and it was quite fun – I enjoyed entering the raffle to see if i’d win a prize…

this is the “bun” and “biscuit” that I bought to help with the fundraiser – and this is the face of Pudsey Bear – how cute eh? (*bun = cupcake, buscuit = cookie in case you didnt already know that)

Also – within my church the YSA (Young Single Adults – aged 18 – 30) get together like at least 1ce a month to have a fun dance. This one apparently is a HUGE one of the year – because its at christmas time. And this year’s theme was: the oscars. It was a fun ball to meet lots of people,and to dress up in your really fancy gowns. here are a couple picturs.

*notice the oscars in Andy’s hand.

Next entry will be all about my London Adventures – I’m heading there in a week πŸ™‚

December 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm 1 comment

guy fawks night

ok, so ther’s a night that England celebrates (Canada used to celebrate it as well but now its only celebrated in BC and NFL, and one other province) a night called bonfire night. This is to celebrate when the person – guy fawks – was arrested and sentanced to being burned at the stake, for his treason. He tried to blow up parliment in London. He was mad at the king because he made unfair laws to the roman catholics… So on bonfire night they light a huge bonfire to commemorate his burning… as well as fireworks to remember the 36 (was it?) barrels of gun powder found under the parliment building… It used to be manditory, but now its just a fun tradition to carry on… Here are some pictures: PB050330aparently this bonfire was a small one compared to some fired that are lit throughout the city. They’re usually fueled by petrol or alcohol (yay burn the devils water!)

PB050325this one i had to get as high as i could on my friend Andy’s back to get to see the fire – we were that far away! And then the fireworks – they were really good (made me not be so sad i missed the Canada day fireworks)

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and who could forget about Halloween!

 

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this is interesting – the differences between the 2 moneys: the canadian thers a toonie ($2), a loonie ($1), a quarter($0.25), nickle ($0.05), dime ($0.10)… In the british (BOTTOM ROW): 50 p(ence), 1 pound, 20p, 5p, 10 p, and bottom 2p.

November 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm 1 comment

Cousin Clare’s Visit

Either I’m not that popular or noone comments on my blog – hee hee… So this marks the beginning of half term… and although I would LOVE to go out and explore (I might do some), I unfortunately need to spend money on my car so that it will pass the MOT test that it needs to take in Dec (*that’s a check so that you can drive it on the roads*).Β  But Thankfully I have enough money to do it now πŸ™‚

So for my Cousin Clare Miller, who has come to visit me. We did lots of fun things this weekend. Here are just a select few pictures to depict the wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

039so this is Castle Bolton.

PA230063we’re on the roof of Castle Bolton where we can see for miles!

Short history of the castle: built in Wensleydale in 1399, by Sir Richard Le Scrope – Lord Chancellor of England (to RIchard II). Claim to fame is that Mary, Queen of Scots was held prisoner at this castle for 6 months (but was still in luxery – 51 to attend to her). Deemed unlivable in 1647.

 

 

 

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This is the chamber that Mary, Queen of Scots stayed in during her imprisonment. And this is the nursery. The Lord of the castle sang this lullaby to his kids: ” Hush thee my baby, thy sire is a knight./Thy mother is a lady so lovely and bright/ The woods and the dales from the tower we see/ They are all belonging dear baby to thee. (sir Walter Scott).

PA230094This is me and Clare at the York Minster Cathedral. It is amazing, and the choirs that sing in it sound soo wonderful (even the children one – which we heard). These statues are some of the kings since the cathedral was built.

You can also see us enjoying baskin robins icecream, even though its raining and “cold” – wouldnt be a true canadian if we didnt. πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

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PA260164This is Kirkstall Abbey. The main points: only 15 min drive from my house. 2.) built in 1152, and eventually surrendered in 1539. *which was said to have prevented what was “rapidlly becoming the 1st industrial revolution”. Most preserved Abbey in Yorkshire, but yet the least visited.

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This is Shibden Hall. Built in 1420 – passed down many genereations/ and families. Most famous contravercy is that one of the tennants – Ane Lister was a lesbian. But also the Waterhouse family owned it, and John Hemingway lived there for a little, and it eventually was passed onto Anne’s lover Anne…. There were also tunnels that were built up to the house so that they didnt have to see the gardeners walking to the servents chambers. Look at how low the roofs were, and how dark it was – i felt like i was in a coffin. PA260179

 

That is the extent of her trip. We had fun. Next is me going to London to visit herΒ  in December (hopefully) πŸ™‚

October 27, 2009 at 2:03 am 2 comments

Castle Howard

Well not to jinx anything – but I have been getting a bit more work lately, so lets hope the streak continues!

This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting one of England’s largest privately owned houses called Castle Howard. A VERY BRIEF bit of history to it (*that’s my new thing – to do research on the palces and put together a scrap book): It’s 309 yrs old! Charles 3rd Earl of Carlisle decided he wanted to build a house on this land that they inherited through marriage. It took 100 yrs to completely build it – which half was then accidently burned down in 1940 (when an all girls school went there). the place is around 1000 acres big (the grounds and house). And it was the first privately owned house with a dome for the roof. The Howards still own the house and live in it today…
A bit of history about the people: The eldest daughter of the 6th Earl is the daughter in the movie (and book) “The Dutchess” (with Kierra Knightly).Β  Also, another daughter of the 6th earl married the 2nd Duke of Sutherland. Their eldest daughter married George Douglas Campell (the Duke of Argyll – in Scotland). Their son John Campell was the one who married Princess Louise Alberta (the princess that the province of Alberta, Canada is named after). These are pictures from the house:

P9261579this is the view of the grounds outside of the 2nd story room.

P9261578This is a picture of the great hall – the part that got burned down.

P9261582P9261584P9261599 the dining hall, and the dance all (I was going into a dance pose in this picture)

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September 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm 2 comments

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