England week 7 June 21 to June 27

Well this week starts off with Fathers Day.

Sunday was a drive back from Leeds for a family dinner out at the Fox House Pub.  Was a very nice pub.  Very old traditional.  There was alot of seating for diners as well as a little area at the bar to have a pint or two.


The meal was very good and we had a good visit with the fam.   We drove through the countryside and I took a few pix.  The rest of the day was unpack and get ready for another busy week.


Monday was a little different start to the week as I hope the train to Wakefield.  I just decided that it would a be a good place to start my “hop on the train and check out  this place”.  Wakefield is a nice town with old buildings in with new.  Not too much crazy traffic and has a free hop-on hop-off bus which I used when the rain started.  I spent a couple hours wandering around the town before it was time to head back to Sheffield.  I did manage to catch the right train …lol


Tuesday was the busy day -heading to Manchester to check out the Coronation Street tour at the studio.  This was an early start with to catch the train from Chapeltown to Sheffield station then to wait for the Manchester train.  I did give myself plenty of time to make my connections and enjoy the train rides.  Once I go to Manchester it was finding the free hop on/ off bus stop to get to the ITV studio for the tour.  I did manage to get on the bus where a few other people were heading for the tour.. I just followed them.. Yah they did think I was stalking them but once I introduced myself and explained that I was going to the same place they were.. all was good.. We had a good chat before they had to take their tour.. I was early so I got to have a little beverage in the cafe.   The tour was very good and was really neat to see the sets and see how small the areas actually are.  Once the tour reached the Street .. we got to take all the pix we wanted.. The studio had not had any tapings of Coronation Street for almost a year.  I did have time after my wander around The Street to check out the MOSI.  It is a museum of Science and Industry.   A real cool place to check out.. My day ended at 8p.  Andy had offered to pick me up at the train station in Chapeltown but I was already on the bus back to the house… Was a long day but worth it.



Wednesday was a slow day as I think I was in overload from the day before.  I did used the day to transplant some tomato plants that Andy’s friend Sarah had given us.  I was very surprised how fast the plants had grown.. I do hope we get a good crop of tomatoes.

Thursday was Bike Club…. I was still not feeling right so I did do participate with the ride with Denise and Victoria (the gals who are learing and refreshing their biking skills).  It  was good to ride  around the gym and not have to worry about traffic and it was very cool there.  I got back to the house and go ready to pack my suitcase for my 2 week stay in London.  I was not sure what the weather was going to be like so I took a little of everything.  I was very much looking foreward to the concert on Friday.  Andy got in, we had tea and got on the road.  We made it into London around 10p. London, eastside, where his house is and traffic was still very happening.  It was time to unpack, have a tea and crash.

Friday – The Who concert day….

The house was very warm so I knew it was going to be a hot day.. was going to be a 25C .. yikes considering the last couple weeks in Sheffield the weather was 15C to 18C..   Before we headed to the concert we took a run to Tesco to get me groceries for the week and if I needed fresh fruit or veggies I could take a run to the market or Tesco during the week.    We headed off for Hyde Park around 1p, took the 381 to Bermondsey Stn.  On our way the bus hit  a car as the bus was trying to get around the slow mover.. well that ment for us .. get off and walk to the station.. which we did.    The tube ride took us to Hyde corner where we walked to Hyde Park.  We were both surprised what we got for the price of our ticket.. Terrace Garden area.. I was spoiled as I got a wristband and concert Tshirt to a special area where there were wicker couches and chairs to sit.  Private bathrooms and a separate area from the rest of the crowd.. I was spoiled… Thanks Mr Mac. xx   We found a shaddy spot in front of some big screens side stage where we stayed for the whole time.  It was very surreal to see so many people at this concert.  There were modesters to see The Who … It was a very special occasion for music.    Andy and I made a few new friends along the way.  It was a great day.  We did leave before the masses and was home in about an hour, in time to have a snack, tea and bed.

We saw at this concert : Gaz Commbs, Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Weller and The Who.

Saturday was the start of 2 weeks of being without Andy in London.  His friends Sarah, Ian and Suzie are around if I fancy some company, a wander around to a pub for a pint or if I get lost… I am looking forward to wander the streets of London and checking out all.

I did end up meeting Sarah for a visit and a few ciders ( yes Aline I am a fan..lol) at The Angel by the Thames. Was a great night.  Caught the C10 bus with Sarah and wandered home.



Hope you have enjoyed my experiences this week.. more to come..


Hugs with Love…. D

England week 6 June 14 to June 20

This week is the start of weeks getting busy.

I tried a new a recipe with egg, bacon and bread bake on Sunday.  It was very tasty… The rest of the day was a quiet one.  Decided to do a little trek with Andy’s sister which turned out to be a 3 hours venture.  The walk had different terrain and a number of hills and scenery.

Monday was a chill day and a certain someone had a sick day so we spent it going to the pictures and saw the movie”Spy” very funny movie.  A few were laughing at me I was laughing so hard.. but that is the usual.  Love to laugh…

Tuesday was Happy Anniversary for Andy’s Mom-Margaret and S.Dad Pete – as Pete had to work his sister and I took his Mom to the Wentworth Garden centre for lunch.  We also wandered through a few antique shops.  I bought a new pendant and a little pitcher( was a neat piece).  We bought this little something for their Anniversary.

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Wednesday was a little Asda shop day in Chapeltown.  It was a little slow of a day… the garden was watered in the evening.  The flowers are starting to show blossoms.  Very satisfying to see this.

Thursday was action day.  I went to my bike group in the morning but it turned out that there was a breakdown in communication with the trainer and the office… I did an hour riding the bike in the guy with another gal  as she is learning to ride a bike to ride with her son.  After that I went for a 1 hr bike ride on the trails with the instructor.  Was a good workout.  I did head back to the house and had a rest, got tea ready and then went to an aerobics class with Debs.  That was good class.  So to work out of the lactacid Debs and I went for an hour walk… very beautiful scenery….


Friday was a day for gardening… trimming hedges, weeding, watering flowers and cut grass.  Had a brief chat with the neighbour and discussed flowers and his new wall building project.  There was also a little packing for the trip to Leeds for the 80’s concert.  Looking forward to that..  A grocery shop was also done so the frig was ready for next weeks meals.

Saturday — concert day.  It was a slow morning getting ready to head to Leeds for the big 80s Concert… It started raining before we left and kept lightly raining until we got to Leeds.  With a quick walk from the hotel to the train station, where the buses left from, to the venue- Temple Newsum.. The venue was very nice.  The set up was similar to Gallagher Hill – main stage Folkfest.   When we go to the site The Beat was wrapping up.  The other bands that we saw were Heaven 17, Betty Boop, Sonia, GO West, Rick Astley and Tom Bailey.  Rick Astley did a great job.  really enjoyed his set… The line after the concert for the taxies were very long but eventally got a ride back into town for a good night sleep.

Was very well worth the trip to Leeds.. will have to make a trip back to check out Temple Newsum as this is a Hall that used to be a working home way back when.


Hugs with Love…. D

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England week 5 June 7 to June 13

This week was a half and half week.. gardening and a little touring around.

The gardens at the London house were done… looking pretty good I’d say.

The drive back to Sheffield after a wonderful weekend in London was a 3 hours journey but seemed to go quite quickly.

A new week for some transplanting of a couple climbing plants. One in the front garden and the other two in the back.  Fingers crossed they will do well.  The weather has gotten a little warmer but hoping for some rays this week.

A trip to Barnsley market on the train was made on Tuesday.

There were a lot of vendors – a little something for everyone.  I managed to get a few things and had some lunch and headed back to Sheffield.  There is an Asda grocery store next to the station so I could run in and grab a few things for tea.

Wednesday and Thursday during the day was spent with a little walking around Chapeltown – some hills and more hills.. lol  I am slowly starting to get to know the area.  There were visits to the B&Q to get some gardening material and a a couple handing baskets.. they look pretty good- if I don’t say …


As well as trip on Thursday late morning to JTF – cross between Costco and Walmart with Andy’s parents.  A nice fish and chip dish was had after for lunch. Yum…

And to be a little adventurous I found a cycle class to take.. yes it is one the road and down trails.. was fun and free.  Was a little scared at first as I was to drive on the road but with a little instruction and pedalling I managed until we got on the trail.  Since I was the only one there at 930 am it was like a private lesson.. I had never had private lessons before so this was treat.  The pedal was for 45 mins and I did get my sweat one..lol  Was worth it though.  I think I will try it again next week.

Friday was a nice day as the weather had gotten nicer during the week and the showers were sure to follow so I tried do to as much maintenance in the garden as I could before the rains came.  The evening was spent having a few pints at the Pack Horse, The Queens Head and the Working Mens’ Club where I played around of bingo.. even got my own dabber.. lol

The Saturday was a rainy one so we cleaned house, washed clothes, visit with the fam and headed to the shops for a quiet but busy day…

a few pix from the garden .. not too many pix this week.. having a little technical difficulty uploaded.. Please check back in a couple days.. will add in the headed if new pix have been uploaded..


Hope everyone is well  .. Take Care .. Hugs with Love..




England week 4 May 31 to Jun 6



This, my week 4 in the UK brought a slower week as I spent most of it gardening and keeping warm as the winds were still on the cooler side.

To start the Sunday off  I had a trip to the Chatsworth garden center for lunch with Andy’s Mum, sister and S.Dad.   Was very nice spending time with them and enjoying good food.  As the garden centres, here are like Holes Green House in St. Albert so there is a lot of see and buy.   I am always looking for something different for the back garden. I finally planted my flowers which I purchased the week before.  Marigolds and amoelia planned in the front with Petunias and the rest of the marigolds in the back.

To my dismay by the end of the week the slugs had  eaten the leaves of the marigolds.  Now I understand the power of slug pellets  arggg.. My feet received a well deserved pedicure.  The session was not done in the usual chair and hacking of dead skin with a blade but was sat in a chair to put my feet in a wooden bowl with rose petals then laid on a bed to sleep (if I choose) and had my dead skin filed off.  Was an interesting way to take away dead skin.  I also found out that if there was any bladed being used on your feet it would be done by a podiatrist… Now with the feet happy I can begin my wander around.


I did do a little wander with Andy’s Mum and sister.  We went to a really nice garden center for lunch and then a had a little a stroll around Cannon Hall with the beautiful gardens.  The history in this hall is so amazing.



I did another trek around the area of Chapeltown (where I am staying).  I found there are a lot of hills but even with the hills it did not take long at all the get to the train station and to quite a few shops.

The next day I headed to Sheffield downtown for a little wander and a visit to the Moors Market.  I stopped at Cathedral Square  which was where I could catch the Tram to Meadowhall Mall or the bus back to the house.


I did some wandering around and I did find the Moor Market.  Not too much for any bargins but there was still another market to check out.


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There was a visit to Millenium Gallery in the Winter Garden (a covered walk way).  There were a number of different exhibits… paintings, pictures and a metals works exhibit.  All very interesting.


The rest of the week was spent around the garden and chilling a little as we were heading to London to sort the garden and see what is happening around London.

We went to Borough Market and then had a little bevie and bread and butter at this cool French Bistro near Tower Bridge.  Was nice to chill and see the hustle and bustle of the market above.



We managed to get the garden sorted and have time to enjoy a squirrel and magpie fight in the trees.  This was a busy weekend but a productive one.

Headed back to Sheffield to start a new week of gardening and adventure.

It does not seem that I have been here all that long but the calendar tells me otherwise….

Hope everyone is well…. Be well


Big Hugs with Love..x



England week 3 May 24 to May 30

Well here we are at week 3 and I feel like I have not been here that long.   Yah I know… it is a long time for some.

Well started the week off with a Bank Holiday on Monday which was nice to have Andy around for the day.

The week has been windy with rain and has not been all that warm.  Highest temp is around 15C.  But wait for next week… supposed to warm greatly.

The gardening is coming along…


The next task is to get all the hedges trimmed.  Once that is done we start all over again with cutting grass and pulling weeds.  Fun fun…lol

It did rain a couple days in the morning which made  the day cool but by 4p it was nice to do some little things outside before it got dark.  The sunsets about 10pm here.. Makes it nice to longer nights.  The daylight starts at 4am here – did not think it rose that early in Alberta..

I did take a wander around the area and ended up meeting Shirley the Dressmaker, Donna at Thorpes Farm ( had flowers and fresh fruits) and Kevin the Butcher.  Plus I have a chat with the neighbours when they are out in their gardens.. Yes that did not take me long to “say hi” to the neighbourhood. lol

Had some shopping therapy at the shopping center- Meadowhall with Andy’s sister and friend.  Had a blast.  Did a little shopping, then had a coffee, did a little more shopping, then had lunch, did a little more shopping with a little more coffee with the final shop being at the Pound Store( yes the Dollar store) and then off for our tea to Meadow Farms.  The was a nice way to end a great shopping day.

The week ended with a night out with Andy and Pete to The Pack Horse pub and then to a Working Man’s Club.  No not that kind of club… lol.. a traditional blue color working man’s club.  This club was very nice with a cabaret style hall in the back – table and chairs set for two or four people.  Padded bench seats along the walls with tables and a few chairs for a group to gather..

The entertainment on Friday night was a duo called Fireworks.. they were good. Had their own light show and costume changes.. The Friday night ended with a walk home up a sloped hill … I will master that hill… lol or maybe I needed a few more pints..

The next day was a lazy morning with a trip to Barnsley market and a drive around the countryside.

Had a nice Sunday out with Andy’s fam to the Chadsworth Garden Centre for lunch and a look around the center.. Gardening is very big here..

Thus was my fun week here in the UK.

I am hoping the weather warms up a little .. tis chilly but Summer is not here yet so I cant complain..

Take care – Hugs with Love

England week 2 May 18 – May 23

We made our way to London Sunday night, where we had a little supper and headed to bed for an early start.  Andy was off for a meeting and I was left to my own devices. Bright and early… around 9am 🙂 I headed out to catch the 381 to the London Bridge tube station and then the Northern Line to Camden.

I did make my way there and had my wander even though it was raining lightly.  Sat at a Chinese food both and took advantage of the free WFI and catch up with emails. I then set out to look for Shawn the sheep. ( a fundraiser for Children’s Hospitals) pix to be posted..

I caught the 381 bus via the grocery store for supper.  I ended up running into a neighbour of Andy’s who gave me a ride back to the house.. (lucky me..don’t think I could find the bus stop back..lol)

The next day ,Tuesday, was another early morning as we were off to Sudbury.  Andy had another meeting and I was left to wander the streets of Sudbury.

I did take a wander around and found some really nice old houses as well as a fabric mill.  Wished I had a pattern to sew so I could go fabric shopping.lol

oh yes there were a fair amount of seniors wandering around.. and they have their wheels decked out..lol

I did have a nice chat with the lady in the shop and then headed back to a café I noticed for some lunch.  I did make it back to the car before the rain started.  It did not last long but when it rained, it rained.


After Andy’s meeting we were on the road back to Sheffield.

It was scenic drive back… we hit rain off and on along the way…


Back in Sheffield … time to make dinner, unpack the car and get ready for another day.

Wednesday was a slow day .. not sure if the jet lag or road trip caught up with me..

Thursday was a more productive day… headed out the check out the little shops down the road.. well more like a 30 min walk – a lot of hills, most were down ..thank goodness.   Gave the garden a water and got tea ready for my hard working man.. <3.  After tea it was visit the Andy’s Mum’s house and then to the shops for groceries..

Friday – my day will be productive – garden, dust, and then off to the Cow and Calf for tea.  NOTE – Kent had an earthquake 4.1… maybe that is why I was off a couple days ago..

Not sure what is on the agenda for the weekend but I am sure a hike will be involved as long as it does not rain…

Hugs with Love… –

PS – cleaned out the garage… soon will be learning how to sell on Ebay.. lol


England week 1 May 11 to May 17

Let the adventure begin… and off to the garden I go..

To let myself get settled I decided to enjoy the greenery of the garden.. there were a few weeds that meet their maker that day.. lol  I am very surprised the amount of slugs and shells that occupy such a small space.. you kind of get used to seeing them and they are not much of a bother after.

The weather has been nice but windy.. I am waiting for the temperature to rise a little so that the wind wont be as cold but there is time to warm up  ..it is only Spring.

The one thing that throws me off right now is how daylight it is at 7am.  The days are longer with sunset about 830p.  Waiting to see how long it will stay daylight in the evening.

Thursday was get myself sorted for the weekend away to Bristol and London.. Road trip no. 1.  The departure time for Friday 6am…so 5am wakeup wont be too bad.

The drive  was only 3 hours.  Learning to read and understand the roadmap was my job as co-pilot and is not bad once you get the hang of it.  And tah-dah we are in Bristol.

The Old Manor House was a 17C hotel …and was so cool.. 2 night stay while we explored the harbour and area.


Check out that tub… was nice for a little soak….

We caught the bus down to the harbour where we wandered around Friday afternoon. We found a few things to check out for Saturday as well as a little climb on the mast of the SS Great Britain.  Cant wait!


We had a nice dinner of fish and chip in the hotel after a long day of driving.

Saturday was started off with a hearty breakfast and a bus ride to the harbour.


We did a little wander along the harbour and decided to take a little ride on a tug boat named John King… this tug towed the SS Great Britain into Bristol in the 70s.  The tug is maintained and run by volunteers.. really nice people.

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We also did out climb up the mast of the SS Great Britain… wow what a view and a test of nerves.  I also wanted to do something adventurous with Andy.,. he climbed on to the arm of the mast.. I was not that brave..

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We had a great day in Bristol and even hit a few markets and pubs along the way back to the hotel.


We headed off to London on Sunday via a very nice route..

The route ended up going past Stonehenge.  We stopped to experience and hear the commentary on how they think Stonehenge come to be.  It was a great experience and was surreal to see these stones from many years ago standing tall.

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We also drove past the White horse which was made in the side of a hill.  The white is the chalk slate which is plentiful in these parts.







England May 10 Departure day


Departure May 10 Edmonton, Alberta

Arrival May 11 Sheffield, England via Manchester.

The flight was great.  I left Edmonton via Vancouver to have the Air Canada Business class experience (Thanks Andy).  The food was great, the movies were fairly recent and the seats – loads of room.  You could actually have a good sleep in one.  Check out the bathroom.. could probably sleep in here if I wanted..lol


Made it to London Heathrow – now for Customs.. deep breath.  Got up to the Customs agent and then I felt like I was on an episode of Border Security.  Yup.. the questions began.. good think I read the UK Customs website and brought all the important documents with me.  Itinerary with return ticket, bank statements – to show I can support myself while here, and my letter from work saying I have a job. The Customs officer was good and understanding and did explain why she was asking the questions.  When I plan my trip to Sweden in the summer I will have to bring all the paperwork and updated statements with me again as I know I will go through the same questions.

I got my stamp on my passport and headed for security before trying to find my departure gate for Manchester.  Well there was another little hold up.. bags were being checked thoroughly ..and of course mine was one of them.  I could not figure out why and had to wait about 45 mins before I could get it checked as there was only one person checking bags.  My turn finally came and I felt like a real novice traveller as I had completely forgot about the 1L bottle of Amarula I had purchased at Duty free in Vancouver.  Yup… far cry from the 150ml you are allowed..lol   My saving grace was that it was in a clear bag unopened.. once that was out of the way I was on my way.   I had my chance to wonder around Terminal 5 before having a sandwich and locating the departure gate for my final leg of my journey.

It was a quick 50 min flight to Manchester to be greeted by my man, Andy.  We had a 30 min drive to Sheffield from Manchester.  I took in the sights along the way with a little chit chat about my flights and Customs encounter.

The rest of my night was spend with some Chinese takeaway and a little Telly and loads of cuddles.

I could take a deep breath… I was finally at my destination!


Greetings from the UK

Well I am here.

I have been planning this trip for a little while and now I am here.  It feels like I never left …after my trip at Christmas. lol.

I am looking forward to exploring this wonderful Island by myself and with my wonderful boyfriend.

Checking out the festivals, the history, and the landscape and a few train rides along the way.

I will try to update my blog once a week with little tidbits of knowledge and pix along the way.  So enjoy this blog..and if you have any comments or would like to touchbase, please feel free.

Let the adventure begin!

Hugs with Love!