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    Date night in Sandwich

    After a few months of being in UK with pretty much no time to ourselves, we organised a babysitter and went to a nearby town for date night. Sandwich is so lovely! It is a well kept little village with some veeery old buildings but they are well maintained and everything is so picturesque. In summer there are flowers everywhere (as with most places in UK) and the sun setting over the canal shining light and sparkles across the canal water and illuminating the brightly coloured flowers is captivating.

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    Our first home in England

    The first home we lived in after moving to UK was in Deal, a beautiful seaside town which lies on the English Channel. This photo was one of the first ones I took of the Deal Pier. Walking along the beachfront became a daily activity for my daughter and I. On a clear sunny day you can see right across the English Channel to France. The town is very quiet during the week, and livens up over weekends when the tourists or “DFL’s” (Down from London) come to visit. We soon found out that DFL’s is the local name for those who live in London during the week. Deal is…

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    Deal Castle

    A flower shaped castle with a moat?! What’s not to love? I love moats! I’m not sure why, they make me think of beautiful castles just after sunset surrounded by water and a big drawbridge leading to the big wooden gates of the castle with flames on poles on either side of the entrance. A seemingly romantic time in our past where we rode horses, wore beautiful dresses, and there was no technology. Deal Castle is actually an artillery fort built by Henry VIII in 1539 and formed part of the defense against invasion from France and the Holy Roman Empire. Unlike Dover Castle, which is surrounded by huge white…

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    Arrived in England!

    Windsor is busy and vibrant and everyone was taking full advantage of summer. This photo is just so reminiscent of my first experiences of being in England which is seeing castles and flowers!

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    Roadtrip! Knysna to Plett

    Woke with the morning light coming through the top of the A-frame windows. I was happy as it meant I’d be up in time to take sunrise pics of the lagoon! Soooo beautiful! Got up, showered and packed by 7 (much to Nicks horror who enjoys his late mornings). I left him to sleep and explored the garden taking pictures, and chatting to the gardener who does a wonderful job! Love it when people take so much pride in their work. Got back inside to the smells of breakfast and was really impressed by the selection! 5 star offerings. The promise of bacon soon got Nick up and then we…

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    Roadtrip! Caledon to Knysna

    Woke up early to take advantage of the hot springs one last time before leaving Caledon Hotel. I left Nick to catch some more sleep while I went to swim but just after getting in I see he’s walking up the stairs to join me. Lol. These pools are too tempting and inviting to say no to! We enjoy the pools to ourselves for a little while before we had back to pack and have breakfast before checkout. And of course headed over to the casino to try another round of gambling with our R100 freeplay vouchers 😉 I had a lucky streak on the first night and won over…