Monday, March 29, 2010

A very Irish roadtrip

Ireland has always been a country to visit on my life long to do list. When we decided to take a short holiday in between Australia and Holland, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to enjoy a driving holiday in this beautiful country. It’s amazing how much you can see and do in a little over a week…
There are tiny little islands to explore

Mighty cliffs to watch the sunset from
Many mountains to climb

Beautiful coastline
And sheep – LOTS of sheep!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

To get the gift of the gab...

Legend has it that kissing the Blarney Stone gives one the gift of eloquence. So when we visited Blarney Castle in Ireland today, I had to give it a go for myself.

We climbed the 100 or so very narrow stairs to the top of the castle...

Resisting the urge to get out my bottle of Dettol, I was lowered down (it's not exactly a comfortable thing to do!) and - I did it!!!

The stone is what draws visitors to the castle, but I have to say, with it's eerie dungeons, crumbling old rooms and medieval charm, this castle has a lot more going for it then just the famed stone... Loved it!

Friday, March 19, 2010

"Of all this, I might have been mistress"

I could just imagine Elizabeth Bennett murmuring these words as she gazed out on the grounds of Pemberley... My love of Pride and Prejudice began when I was 11 years old and the BBC mini series was shown on ABC on a Sunday night. I quickly fell in love with this beautiful story (and, of course – Mr Darcy) and love any opportunity to re-watch the series or read the book.

So, it was the highlight of our brief visit in the Peaks District to visit Lyme Park aka Pemberley. In the words of Lizzie: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place so happily situated. I like it, very well indeed…

The house and grounds were beautiful and opened up the world of Jane Austen’s classic story. No photos were allowed inside unfortunately, but I especially loved the library – they have removed the ropes and made the original library so you can sit on antique couches overlooking the lake and read on-site copies of Pride and Prejudice: my ideal way to spend a day! With none other of course, then my very own ‘Mr Darcy’ :-)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A walk through Winnie country

I LOVE being back on this side of the world again! We've spent the last couple of days with my very dear friend Sarah, who lives in a beautiful part of England just south of London.

Sarah lives and works at a boarding school - it's a gorgeous old building that was built in the 1700's...

We took a lovely Sunday morning stroll with Bailey the dog through Ashdown Forest, home of A.A Milne's 'Winnie-the-Pooh'.... It was a glorious day - sun was shining and no rain in sight!

Friday, March 12, 2010

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye!

Ok, so I've watched Sound of Music a few too many times... But with the big day having finally arrived, these words have been running through my head all morning!

It's been a hectic few weeks with packing, moving, sorting out visas (which arrived JUST in time!), a sick little turtle and finishing up both our jobs... After a lovely farewell dinner last night, the goodbyes have well and truly begun and it's finally sinking in that we are setting off on another new and exciting adventure! I'm really looking forward to setting up our new life in Holland and finding a cute little Dutch house to call home :-)

I've been asked quite a few times lately about what I'm going to miss during our 2 years abroad... Australia is such an amazing country, and I do love it - the wide open spaces, beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle is like no other place in the world.

But when it comes down to it, what I'm really going to miss is our nearest and dearest - all our awesome friends and families... I'm already looking forward to all our visitors!!!!

So, it's time to say au revoir to Australia - Holland, here we come!!!


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