England & Wales (2014, Sept 2016, April 2017)


In April 2017 I travelled by myself to England for a quick 9 day visit, whilst the girls stayed in New Zealand with hubby over the Easter break. I was keen to see my Mum, who’d just celebrated her 70th Birthday, and the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with my folks and sister was a real treat. Here’s the posts from that trip…

A hike in the Peak District National Park, from Edale to Chinley

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The day after arriving in the Peak District, at my sister’s house, we set out on a crisp spring morning (a chilly 7°C) with my parents and sister’s partner. We took the train, from Chinley to Edale, so we could hike back across the hills, covering nearly 400(m) of elevation gain in 12km (nearly 8 […]

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Peak District loves with my folks in England

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The second part of my visit to family in England (part one here) was spent in the Peak District, with my folks, sister and her partner. In a short three day, four night visit we enjoyed an 8 mile hike from Edale to Chinley (blog post here), I ran my first fell run at Herod […]

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A fix of family, English countryside & history in Hampshire

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Mid April I took off from Wellington, New Zealand, flying over the great Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean, to visit my folks in England. I was keen to see my Mum, who’d turned seventy on the 2nd April, and to spend some precious time with her, my Dad, sister and partner. I flew solo, for […]

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SEPTEMBER 2016

Alice, our youngest daughter, went on an amazing adventure with her Mummy in September 2016. They travelled all the way to London, England to spend three amazing weeks travelling through England and Wales, visiting family and celebrating the 70th Birthday of Alice’s Grandad and her Aunty Claire’s 40th Birthday. Here are blog posts of the trip…

Loves from ‘The Lake District’
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Staying on the shore of Lake Windermere, at the YHA Ambleside, we spent three nights, and a few wonderful days, soaking up the beautiful scenery. We enjoyed hiking the countryside, taking a boat across the lake and visiting Beatrix Potter‘s 17th-century farmhouse ‘Hill Top. Our hike took us about 6 miles, from Wray Castle to […]

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Celebrating family in Liverpool


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One of the many highlights of my recent trip to the UK was being there to celebrate my Dad’s 70th Birthday and my sister’s 40th Birthday. It was wonderful to not only share an incredible three week trip with my folks and their youngest granddaughter, my daughter Alice, aged 6, but to also celebrate two ‘milestone’ Birthdays! We […]

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Reaching the summit of Mt. Snowdon, North Wales


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In the planning of our visit to the UK we’d set aside ‘Thursday 15th September’ for taking a walk on Snowdon – without setting any expectations about how far we’d walk (since our group of four included my 6 year old daughter, Alice, and we had no idea what the weather Gods would have in […]

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Ludlow to Rhyl, North Wales
September 20, 2016


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On our drive up to Ludlow, Shropshire, from Hampshire, we stopped in at Berrington Hall, a National Trust Property. My folks are members, of the National Trust UK, and if I lived in the UK I would definitely be joining up too (it would be a dream to work for them!). Growing up in England […]

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A visit to Gloucester Cathedral


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Driving up to Ludlow, from Hampshire, we made a stop at the spectacular Gloucester Cathedral. It is steeped in history, having been a place of worship, in some form or another, for close on 1,000 years! Gloucester’s great Cloister, over 650 years old, is famous for its breath-taking fan vaulting, the earliest of its kind […]

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An afternoon in Windsor


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Windsor is a short drive from my folks home, in North Hampshire, and a few days after landing in the UK they took us to see Windsor Castle. We didn’t have time to look around the inside of the castle, but young Alice, aged 6, was more than content. She was delighted to have a […]

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JULY & AUGUST 2014

Either side of a trip to Copenhagen, accompanying the man of the house on a business trip, we spent time in England and Wales during the months of July and August 2014. Our time was spent catching up with dear family, who we miss terribly as expats. Any time we spend together is extremely precious and the memories we make are what we cherish and hold on to, until the next time.

24 hours in England

A family reunion in North Wales

Exploring Portmeirion Village, North Wales

A coastal run in North Wales

Driving through Wales and a weekend in Cardiff Bay

At home with the folks in Hampshire, England
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JANUARY 2014

LA to UK for 4 days, sans children. A once in a decade trip! Part 1

An English Wedding & a reunion of old friends (Part 2 of my trip to the UK)

Away to the Peak District & pause for thought | Part 3