One Month Already!

The Grenadines-8

“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone”

So, we have been in England for a whole month already and I think it’s safe to say that the above lyrics sum it up.

“Ahhh, this temperature is perfect!” I said as we walked out of the airport on a crisp, 24 degree English morning. We hopped into our small hire car, making sure to fill every nook and cranny with luggage, and set off for Brighton where we would be staying with my Grandma, Nanet (Indonesian for Grandma). We were warmly welcomed into her house and we instantly began retelling our past 7 months of adventure. My Aunties (Mum’s sisters) popped round to say hi and by the end of the day, it’s safe to say that our narrating skills were on par with those of David Attenborough.

Anyway, we stayed for about 10 days in Brighton where went for walks along the seafront, played soccer in the park and went sightseeing in the countryside. Obviously, we have done a lot over the span of a month so I’m going to use photos to try and show it all. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words.

Evening walk on the seafront

Evening walk on the seafront

The countryside

The countryside

Pottery at Nanet's

Pottery at Nanet’s

Walking in the countryside

Walking in the countryside

We then headed off to Leigh-on-Sea which is where Mum’s Dad, Kakek (Indonesian for Grandpa), lives. The house is much bigger so it’s a lot less crowded and we can all have our own space – in Brighton I have to sleep on an inflatable bed that goes down by the morning, so, a normal bed is a welcome sight! We played mini golf, went to the driving range and played all sorts of games which was good fun.

Games!

Games!

Driving range

Driving range

Yep, that's right, 2 golf balls balancing on one another...

Yep, that’s right, 2 golf balls balancing on one another…

Mini golf

Mini golf

During our stay there, we also went for a trip up to London for a day which was really nice. It’s such an amazing city with such history and grand buildings whilst also having amazing modern buildings which are home to hundreds of offices. We went into the National Art Gallery, visited Trafalgar Square, walked by Big Ben and crossed the Millennium Bridge, all while getting free bus rides which are included with the train tickets. Public transport in London is really quite amazing. Once again, I’ll let the photos do the talking.

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Millennium Bridge with St. Paul's Cathedral in the background

Millennium Bridge with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background

Street performers are everywhere in London

Street performers are everywhere in London

London Bridge and The Shard. Both old and new architecture in the same city.

London Bridge and The Shard. Both old and new architecture in the same city.

This guy was drawing country's flags in chalk

This guy was drawing country’s flags in chalk

Big Ben

Big Ben

That iconic red bus

That iconic red bus

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Street performers in Trafalgar Square

Street performers in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square

National Art Gallery

National Art Gallery

We then headed back to Brighton for a few nights then set off to Mudeford to stay in Nanet’s beach hut. Everyone we told about our plans thought we were mental and that we’d freeze to death! Despite the doubters, we stuck with it. It ended up being really lovely and because it was so cold, there was absolutely no one there. One day, we went to visit stonehenge as it is only an hour or so drive from the beach hut and when we arrived there, we were shocked at what it had turned into. There were fences everywhere and it was a full blown construction site. To top it all off, it cost £8 each! We ummed and ahhed for a while before deciding that it wasn’t worth it and that you can see it perfectly well from the road.

Hundreds of beach huts in a row

Hundreds of beach huts in a row

Family portrait

Family portrait

Stonehenge from the road. I underestimated how enormous the stones are. They are massive!

Stonehenge from the road. I underestimated how enormous the stones are. They are massive!

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Xav went swimming!

Xav went swimming!

A storm decided to roll over one night

A storm decided to roll over one night

Evening walks on the beach

Evening walks on the beach

We then came back to Brighton which is where we are now and as I’m sitting here, there’s a monstrous storm brewing which will send 90mph winds our way in the next few days…or so they say. Our experiences with weather information on the boat has lead us to take all weather predictions with a pinch of salt. What we can guarantee is that it’s only getting colder from here, so that perfect 24 degrees has turned into a nippy 15 degrees and no doubt that it will continue to plummet for as long as we’re here. That crazy heat isn’t looking so bad anymore!

Overall, we have been having a great time and I’m sure we will continue to have a great time. There’s so much to do in England that I’m sure we’ll have plenty to do for now.

Also, now that I have so much time on my hands, I can make videos. I’ve decided to make a sort-of ‘series’ about our trip. So, here’s the first episode:

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4 thoughts on “One Month Already!

  1. It’s always sooooo wonderful reading your entries on ATWIFFF, Jaye. You have an outstandingly beautiful talent when marrying music, words and visuals to truly capture moments.
    All life-journeys take unexpected turns. Whether +/-, I suppose its how we act pro-actively to move forward from these events, that shows our true character. ENJOY!!!!! …… love & hugs from all at 55.

    • Thanks Tim! We’re all missing you guys so much. I’ve been looking at your blog and it looks like you’re having so much fun. Your trip to Disney looked so fun and your recent dramas bring back some good memories! Keep having fun and we’re all wishing we were anchored beside you right now.
      Jaye

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