You know how I said, ‘no more photos…’

You won’t be sorry, promise because here I combine wonder with cuteness.

On our holiday, with thanks to my patient, long-suffering husband, we travelled with a small mouse called Stowaway.

This is his story…

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Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, UK

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Captain Cook’s Cottage, Staithes, Yorkshire, UK

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Scarborough Castle, Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK

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Examining the exhibits at Whitby Museum, Whitby, Yorkshire, UK

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Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, UK

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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxforshire, UK

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Wiseman’s Bridge, Saundersfoot, Wales, UK

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Church mouse at Dore Abbey, Wales, UK

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Bunratty Castle, County Clare, Ireland

 


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Picture Perfect IV

Are you getting sick of these yet? Sorry.

On a positive note, I took 2,000 photgraphs, so you have a lot to be grateful for.

Favourite photos from our travels…

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The Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.

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The Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Kilkee Coast, County Clare, Ireland

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King John’s Castle, Limerick, Ireland

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Lough Gur, County Limerick, Ireland

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The Gleniff Horseshoe, County Sligo, Ireland

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Glencar, County Sligo, Ireland

There’ll only be one more photography post. This year. Promise.


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Picture Perfect

Some favourite pictures from our recent travels…

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Even for the scaffolding, this is an amazing space. Manchester Cathedral, UK.

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Headstone pavers in an abandoned churchyard, Hebdon Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK.

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Extraordinary space in the cellars at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, UK

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Runswick Bay, Yorkshire, UK

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Chatsworth House, this is just the entrance hall. Peak District, UK.

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Beautiful gardens at Blenheim Palace. Oxfordshire, UK.

More photos to follow.

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Tourist Eyes

Travel is a curious thing.

We returned two weeks ago, and the first thing people ask is “What were the highlights?” or “What was your favourite part?” or “What were your top five places?”

It’s a difficult thing to measure. I loved meeting up with my international friends and family which is a whole different kind of wonderful to seeing megalithic monuments, and a different again to visiting a castle. These things can’t be compared. Why can’t it all be amazing?

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Castle Howard, Yorkshire, UK

Even things that one might consider to be poor experiences had nothing poor about them. Not serious stuff, but conversations with unusual strangers, or odd service at a pub or a quirk with your accommodation. These things add humour and texture to your experience. It’s makes your experience more meaningful, more memorable.

More amazing.

Similarly, every place has its sadness. People who were homeless, the odd filthy, graffitted street, places you wouldn’t wander alone at night, abandoned houses falling into ruin.  They are small observations between all the wonder of travel.

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This house at Ballyvaughan, Ireland had a brand new letter box on its gate.

Returning home, its like your ‘normal world’ has been highlighted. The local birdsong, the smell of eucalyptus, the blue mountains – everything is amplified.

This does not make or imply that one is better than the other. Only that, when separated from home, you’re able to view it more objectively.

With tourist eyes.

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