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Back in Aus
happy den
So, back in Dubbo for a while. It was a good but far too short trip. I:

Saw 1000 year old churches
Had excellent fish and chips in a shop built in the 1600s, in a town founded by the Romans
Rode on 100mph trains
Saw a medieval re-enactment society re-enact medieval life in a 1000 year old castle
Drank Tea.
Walked -
- a bronze-age site
- the streets of London
- the streets of York
Saw the WW1 memorial at the Tower Of London, consisting of thousands of red poppies - one for each soldier British killed - which made the moat look like it was full of blood.
Touched the A4 Gresley "Mallard" steam engine
Drank Tea. Lots of it.
Saw pre-WW1 aircraft
Saw WW2 aircraft in flight
Drove around The Fens
Walked through a water meadow
Walked around Peterborough Cathedral
Walked around Oakham Castle medieval Great Hall
Saw a council-supplied EV charging point - free to use in the pay-and-display car park.
Bought flour ground by mill stones powered by a water wheel
Ate scones made from flour ground by a water-powered mill and marmalade and drank lashings of ginger beer
Drank Real Beer in pubs.
Talked to a blacksmith
Ate many Full English breakfasts (toast, bacon, eggs, fried tomatoes, sausages, baked beans.) With Tea.

Many photos to come.

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I am glad that you drank lashings of ginger beer, I blame Enid Blyton for my love of delicious proper ginger beer, and one day I will also drink lashings of it at a picnic on rolling green hills.

I know a few places for picnics.


I thought you were going to be away for TWO weeks, or did I lose track?

You must have lost track. I was away for 16 days.

I can attest to the restorative powers of a Full English Breakfast (with Copious Amounts of Tea, of course) after a night of clubbing in London's seedier venues. Ah, youth.

A full breakfast fry-up will take you to dinner. Lunch was often a banana. And tea.

Sounds like a perfect vacation to me!
Welcome back.

It was also work - I spent about 5 days in meetings with suppliers.


But when you weren't working…!
You could have been in a US urban city with nothing else cool to do.

Carpe Britannia!

And thank you for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice in it?

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