Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!! (Part 5)

I believe this one will be the grand finale...

Once we were done on the boat ride, the rain had pretty well let up, and we stopped at the cafe and gift shop for a bit of refreshment...Poppy and I both got scones (with jam and clotted cream) and small (note that I said small) hot chocolates.





It was soooooooooooooooooo good! I think Poppy would agree with me that it was better than any birthday cake would have been! (It was her birthday!)



We didn't have a whole lot of time before we had to go back to Emma's to get our things for our trip home, so we stayed in that area and walked around a bit, enjoying the English countryside.







On our walk, Lizzie was excited to see something that she used to play with in her childhood...



It's a swing! You sit on the stick and swing! It was a lot of fun. Of course I, being the city girl that I am, had some trouble getting off without running into the huge tree the rope was tied to, and Lizzie had to save me! LOL





So we each took a turn, and then just a little further on, we found......



Willy Wonka's Chocolate Waterfall! Who knew?! So after that lovely stroll, we headed back toward Emma's home, stopping by their local marina on the way (and here's Poppy on the lock we had to walk across to get to the marina).



They had some lovely paint jobs on the boats!




(And I absolutely loved this building that was nearby...quite picturesque, don't you think?)



And because I have to put it somewhere, this is the beautiful view I had from the room I slept in, and the lovely occupant with whom I shared the room...



After that, we made sure all was packed (including our goods from the nearby shops...Wensleydale cheese, crumpets and candy!) and headed out to Nottingham. We found an old, abandoned field, got on our broomsticks and kicked off to home. It's quite a length of time to be on a broomstick, for sure, but above all the clouds, it was beautiful! I did actually get to see the coast of France, and wanted to land there so badly I nearly cried, but we had to push on to get back home and catch the Knight Bus to the Hogwarts Express and back home. I miss the moors sooooooooooooo much! Goodbye, England! I will come again, some day...

3 comments:

Emma Wigworthy said...

I'm amused that what to me looks like a derelict building surrounded by overgrown and weedy land is 'picturesque' to you! Fantastic photos again though. I must do the Standedge tunnel boat thing - looks like great fun!

Hermione Bagnold said...

LOL I think that's having what is called a "romanticized view" of things...LOL I just can't help it! England is beautiful! And so full of history! I love that about Italy, too...I see buildings that are crumbling away, and see the beauty in it...LOL

Violet Starfire said...

I just loved all the photos! thanks for all the info too. looked like you guys has a lot of fun for sure.