Luang Prabang: Thongbay Guesthouse – how to do it right
London: London Eye
London: Tower, Science & Natural History Museums, Thames, YHA, Tower
London: Noel Fielding’s exhibition at Maison Bertaux
Paris: They’re called breasts and everybody has them
15 Oct 2010

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Brighton

Brighton

Ah, the great British seaside experience... ...

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14 Oct 2010

Hurstpierpoint Sussex

Hurstpierpoint Sussex

On Thursday the 15th we stayed at dad's cousin Sarah's house, also me and Minnie's second cousins Will and Ellie's house. It is 450 years old and 3 stories high. Elizabethan style and slightly u  n   e  v e  n floors. ... Very fun though, Sarah's husband David collects antique clocks, one was made in 1690 and still works. I taught Will about nirvana :) Pip star* ...

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14 Oct 2010

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Walcot and Rodbourne Swindon

Walcot and Rodbourne Swindon

Houses my mum grew up in around Swindon in the 50s and 60s. While we checked out the house at Walcot an initially suspicious neighbour, once reassured, told us that for young folk these days it's all about "murder and stabbings - still you don't 'ave to follow em do yer?" ...

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13 Oct 2010

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Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

We've found it hard to find time to fit in a visit to a castle so far. Sudeley is our first. It has ties to Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn , Elizabeth I and Catherine Parr, Henry's  6th wife who is buried here. The outside gardens, ponds, pheasantry, etc were as one would imagine - grand. We enjoyed ourselves on the flying fox in the playground. ...

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13 Oct 2010

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Painswick

Painswick

Painswick, among other Cotswold villages, is quaint and has an attraction or two. The church has 99 yew trees shaped into  morphed lollipops, arcs,etc. They are all numbered 1 to 99 with names. After searching high and low Acacia couldn't find number 27... ...

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13 Oct 2010

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Wiltshire aunts & uncles & cousins & nephews – first, second, once & twice removed

Wiltshire aunts & uncles & cousins & nephews – first, second, once & twice removed

Here's my mum's brother and sister, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, their kids and partners, their kids, my kids... ...

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12 Oct 2010

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What not to do with your iphone

What not to do with your iphone

ouch...

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12 Oct 2010

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27 Swindon Road, Wroughton

27 Swindon Road, Wroughton

Keeping it all in the family. I lived in this house for a year or so before my family moved to Australia in 1982. When we left my wonderful Uncle Alan and Aunty June moved in and have been working on the house and gardens - which are incredible - ever since. From the late 1960s until they passed away my grandparents lived next door at number 29. Now my cousin Jane lives there with her partner Andrew and young lads Alistair and Michael. ...

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10 Oct 2010

The Flour Game

The Flour Game

I am writing this moments after it happened because it was so funny. Alan and June had a dinner party thing for Karen's birthday. There were 14 of us there, 6 kids and 8 adults. By the end of the evening all the kids and 4 adults had put their face in flour and grabbed a ring with their teeth. We were playing a game called "flour"...or something. You get a bowl and put lots of flour in it. Then you get a tray or something flat and put it on top of the bowl, pressing in all the flour. Next...

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07 Oct 2010

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Cambridge

Cambridge

On Wednesday we drove to Cambridge. We had lunch at Steve's friend Robyn's house & then we went punting on the canal. It was really fun! We kept bashing into the banks, getting tangled in overhanging willow branches & Robyn was pecked by an almost tame cygnet. ...

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