Week One in Merry Old England

Trip Start Jul 13, 2007
Trip End Jul 2008

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

B&B in  the Village of OldAlready we have been in Merry Old England for a whole week.  Time flies when you are eating fish and chips on a daily basis.  We have been happily ensconced in the little village known as "Old", completely spared from the torrents of rain pouring down to the west of us.  There are 200 people here and so far we have become acquainted with half the population, 5 lovebirds, 2 cats, one dog and countless sheep, cows, ponies, partridges, and pheasants.  The place is truly tranquil.  The most noise one hears is either the birds or the hourly church bells.  The countryside is gentle and rolling, and the houses are absolutely storybook beautiful.        &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;
We have had 3 outings so far including a day trip to Cambridge, a morning on the Nene Valley Railway, and a day trip to Oxford.  Cambridge is small, green, and picturesque with a river running through it inviting you for a quiet punt.  Oxford is larger, less green, more commercialized with a river running around it.   Both universities are spellbinding in their own unique way, bursting with stunning architecture, but all in all we found Cambridge the more enchanting of the two. 
The Nene Valley Railway boasts "Wansford Station" where the true to life Thomas the Tank Engine was born and continues to live.  We were able to peek at him resting but could not join him on a journey.  Still, we boarded an old steamer and slowly rolled through the countryside.  Ezra was ecstatic about the train yard but once the steamers started up the noise terrified him and he became Bruce's new boutonniere. 
We have not come across any Tiramisu yet but have discovered a great passion for "Sticky Toffee Pudding".  Yyyum!! And as many friends foretold us, the Sainsbury's Cumberland sausages are indeed a delight.  Sorry we cant send any to you in the mail!
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bj3260 on

Love it!
I admire you guys so much - just seeing your children in all the different settings is so inspiring. After one week anybody can see how impacted they will be by this year.
You all look incredibly happy.
It's been rainy one whole week here, but tomorrow we're supposed to return to sunshine!
You are in my prayers! ~ Beth

9001072516 on

Hi, Wilsons!
You guys seems to be enjoying the life in Europe.
I did'nt know that your family have already been on such a great trip.
And I'm looking forward to seeing you in my country in near future.
My best regards to you.

nml on

Canadian salutations
Hi Su and Wilson family,
Loved the pictures ... keep 'em coming! Looks like this adventure is just beginning, and Su, might I say you look fab!! Hope everyone is healthy and continues with such free and open spirits! Enjoy:)
Love from the Lirag clan

jdog on

I thought you were spam!
Hi there I was talking to Casey re:Soccer and she forwarded your blog onto me. I looked at your email address and I checked my deleted files and I realized I had deleted your previous messages. Duh on my part. Anyway the photos and your writing are so great. You chose a great summer to leave Van. with the civic strike and not so stellar weather. Anyway, the hood doesn't feel the same with you guys gone. School starts in a few days and I am looking forward to the routine again. We are all doing well. Georgia had a minor ulnar fracture on her birthday. We spent 4 hours in ER on the evening of her Bday. I came away feeling so grateful for our medical system and we only had to deal with a little break. She only has to wear the cast for 3 weeks and we didn't have any pools to pine for as she couldn't go in anyway.
Take care an also this week i booked a week in Mexico with 3 friends to celebrate our 40th's. It's not europe but heck no kids, no cooking, no cleaning. Yeh
All the best and stay healthy and safe
love Jeanette

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