Oh We Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!
12.08.2007 22 °C
The answer to our last question in our last blog ...."The Englishman who went up a Hill and Down a Mountain" starring Hugh Grant, at a tender young age of 19 or so! Get the dvd its a great movie!
We have had a great holiday in Wales and Southwest England. The weather was kind to us in every way. We weren't at all affected by the floods. We had the sun shine at every destination, yes really I tell no lies, we had a very warm and pleasant climate throughout the 3 weeks. Most days mid 20's, the hottest was 34oC (in the car - does that count?)!
We visited many beaches, and can genuinely say they were rather picturesque, pretty and even swimeable!! Don't laugh, we were sorely tempted on many occasions to dab our toes into the water but it was the scrambling across the stones that put us off! We saw many a beach-hut, deckchair for hire and wind-protectors on the coast, topless Englishmen, god do they love to take their shirts off even when they are not on the beach, surfers....can't see what they were surfing on, there was certainly no surf in sight! Plenty of full cream Devon ice-cream, hot stuffed potatoes, scones with jam and cream, and beach "rock" on sale!
We have sighted historic mansions, churches, cathedrals, abbeys, castles, gardens, ruins and pubs! We have walked many a cobbled street, not suitable for heels ladies! We have ventured in the many city centres, got lost, blamed each other for that, paid exorbitant parking fees, mastered the carriageways, the extremely narrow hedge-bordered one way traffic lanes in rural Cornwall where one takes a breath approaching a blind corner, never knowing whether to expect a tourist bus or not, motorways, A and B roads and the numerous roundabouts at major junctions, tunnels, (yep the Mersey), and those graveled country roads just marked with a white line on the map! We only had one slight traffic hold up on a dual carriageway, but overall the traffic flowed freely and easily for the 3 weeks. Great, better than Auckland!
We had great pleasure in seeing our dear friend Margaret Glover (who worked for Richard Still in Picton Street in 1989 where she and I met), who showed us Southampton coastal area, and the very pretty and quaint Bishops Waltham, who took us to the coastal resort of Hayling Island where we walked the coast track past sleepy inlets, through a cemetery, enormous holiday homes with huge gardens, and meandered to a grand little pub serving great traditional English fare followed by a well earned cold cider - thank you Margaret for your energy and expertise on the area, you are a gem, and to Greig Nicholls whom we met in Antiparos and who entertained us til 5am with his vast array of music and Belgium beers, and to our dear friend Maria Casaletto from Burnt Oak who filled us full of homemade roast and veges. and wine and who has made us feel extremely welcome in this far-away-land. Thank you guys, you are making our trip so worth while, we love you for your hospitality and friendship.
There is no rest for the wicked ....we are heading to Denmark on the overnight ferry from Harwich on Tuesday (now, that will be interesting?) .........yes, the travelling continues for us Houghtons, we are off to a 50th birthday party and seeing long lost friends, who incidentally, we met in Howick in 1996 and who now are living back in their homeland of Denmark! Can't wait! So wait up for the next instalment of life with the Houghtons.....! Keep those emails coming, we do miss you, really we do...! Love Elsie and Noel