Mobi-Babble – 28th June, 2015



Our Time in Blighty draws to a Close!

It’s Saturday, 27th June, and only two more days and we’ll be winging our way back to Thailand. We’ve been so lucky with the weather, and while it hasn’t always been very hot, it has been dry and pleasant and we have been able to get out and about every day.

Since we’ve been in Stamford, we haven’t been very far, as we didn’t want to embark on long car journeys with a six month old baby, but there’s been plenty within a twenty or so mile radius of Stamford to keep us amused.

Probably the furthest we have been  is to Peterborough City where we looked around the little-known, but beautiful cathedral, which dates back 1,500 years to Anglo-Saxon times, with most if it having been rebuilt a mere 1,000 years ago by the Normans. Just outside the cathedral is the ancient guildhall – a mere stripling at only 500 years old.

Lek bought her first ever UK lottery ticket last Saturday (one line only) and guess what? She got 4 numbers right and won 120 quid!!! She’s trying again today.

We went to Burghley House (where they hold the three-day event horse show), which is only a five-minute drive away. Burghley hold a Sunday farmer’s market and we enjoyed some delicious hog roast burgers. Then we stumbled upon a Rolls Royce owners show. To be honest, most of the Rollers looked pretty much the same as each other, and it wasn’t very interesting.

During the week, we drove through some picturesque Rutland and East Northants villages, including the one where my daughter had her wedding party 4 years ago, We walked through a number of parks and visited the incredible Barnsdale Horticultural gardens, (in Rutland, near Oakham), which was used as the basis for BBC’s TV gardening programmes for over 15 years.

As with last week, I am posting some ‘taster’ photographs of our travels, with many more to come in later blogs.

My youngest daughter and her husband have been wonderful hosts and have looked after us so well, and my little baby grandson (Mobi Jr-Jr) has been an absolute delight. He hardly ever cries and is quite perfect in every way. Well, I would say that wouldn’t I? – what with two brainy parents and an even brainier granddad…….

Today, my eldest daughter is coming over from Birmingham to join us for a family barbeque. The weather is glorious so I am looking forward to a good time with my two daughters.

Tomorrow will be our last full day in the UK and on Monday we take the noon coach from Peterborough to Heathrow, (via Victoria), and thence the evening Thai Airways flight back to the Land Of Smiles.

It has been a wonderful three weeks, and in spite of my impecunious situation, I do not regret having made the trip. After all, I might kick the bucket tomorrow.

But all being well, I’ll be back to a full blog next week.

Below are some of the dozens of pics taken during the last week or so of our stay.

Caribbean meal – downtown Birmingham

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In and around Stamford

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Burghley House – Lincolnshire

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Peterborough Cathedral and city centre

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Ferry meadows – Cambridgeshire

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Olive Grove – East Northants

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Ashton  – East Northants

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Barnsdale Gardens – Rutland

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‘At home’ in Stamford – Lincolnshire.

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MAB mini pic

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