UK -June/July 2010


The Journey

London Town – Open top bus tour

Museums and Markets – British Museum, Covent Garden

Tower of London – and Museum of London

Science & Shopping – Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Harrods

Please sir can I have some more? – Madame Trussards, Buckingham Palace, Musical – Oliver

The adventure continues – Pick up motorhome, Jimmy’s Farm

Portsmouth – Historic dockyard, HMS Victory

Bath – Stonehenge

Warwick Castle

Chatsworth House

York – Dig, Jorvik Viking Center

Yorkshire Dales and Lake District – Wensleydale, Lake Windermere

Scotland at last – roman fort, Gretna Green

Stirling – Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle

Stirling – day 2 – Old Stirling Jail

The Trossachs/Loch Katrine

Sickness and scenery

Glen Coe – 4 wheel drive safari

The road to Inverness

To the end of Scotland – Dunrobin Castle


Scenery, scenery and yet more scenery – North West Scotland

Steeped in history – Culloden, Fort George

Reindeer and other assorted animals – Reindeer herd, Funicular, Wild Highland Animal Park

Sheep and sheepdogs

An historic kind of day – Haddo House

The Secret Bunker

Back in England – Alnwick Castle

Bolton Abbey

Last day on the road – Duxford Air Museum

Headed home





















Day 42 – Headed Home

Can’t believe it’s almost over. 6 weeks today we had just arrived and the whole trip stetched out in front of us. Now, we’re headed back home with lots of wonderful memories, souveniers, video and nearly 5,000 photos!


We woke about 5.45am to the sound of rain of the rooftop. Reluctantly got out of bed, got dressed, finished packing the final items, had breakfast and cleaned up. We then drove to the motorhome owners home, which was just 15mins away and said goodbye to our home for the last 3.5 weeks. Barry, the owner, then drove us in his car to Heathrow. The drive took about 1 hr 15mins and thankfully there was no traffic (early Sat. morning is a good time to travel in London :-)). Christy thought it was great that she got to sit in the front seat.


We arrived at the airport about 9.30am and got checked in. We then went through security where Amy had her first personal search with the wand and Pop had his bag gone through and some toiletries confiscated (the same ones who flew with from Australia!). We then did some last minute shopping in the airport and picked up some supplies for the plane. Boy, was it crowded. Not too fun at all but I coped. Finally our flight was given a gate number and headed over.


It was a strange set up here and we had to get booked into the flight (again) and then wait. Of course, there were no toilets in the waiting area and it was still over an hour till we’d be up in the air so the girls and I had to sign out again and then sign back in. Our flight was late in boarding due to a problem with the air con but finally we were onboard, settled and ready to go.


I watched 3 movies and a couple of TV shows. I did try to sleep but wasn’t very successful as there was too much noise around. The girls managed to get a little sleep.


At Singapore we had to disembark with all our cabin bags and reboard 30mins later. We decided to go for a bit of  a walk before getting back in the security line – crazy I say!


It was now around 3am UK time and I was feeling sick – from over tiredness. Luckily I managed to get around 4 hours sleep and felt much better. I watched a bit more TV and then it was time to land..or so we thought. We had been running early but there had been some strong winds come through Sydney so runways had to be changed, which meant we had to circle for around 30mins before we could land.


We did manage to see the sunset though out one of the back windows.



Finally we landed about 7.30pm. We then passed through customs and collected our luggage. We were chosen to have our bags sniffed by the dogs which the girls thought was fun. I’m happy to have the bags sniffed but would not have been happy if I’d had to open a bag – they were stuffed full – not quite how they looked when we travelled over :-). We met our driver around 8pm and were home just after 9.30pm. We were starving and very grateful that Kevin had bought us some Dominos pizza and was keeping it warm in the oven. It was SOOO appreciated. He had the house all tidied and had bought me two beautiful bunches of flowers. The dogs gave us a big welcome home, as did Nan. I’m not sure what time we headed to bed – probably around 10.30 – 11pm. I had a great nights sleep in own bed and woke around 6am this morning feeling so much more refreshed.