Two weeks for this post because we were away last weekend. We had a quiet few days over the previous weekend and the first part of the week, leading up to the heading down to Exeter the other Wednesday. H’s school has a short break in October making a long weekend for us. A month or so ago I found out that I’d won a blogging competition to become Joules Explorer for 2016 and our prize included a trip to the Isles of Scilly and a nice voucher to spend on Joules Clothing for the trip. We were flying from Exeter and decided we would make things a bit easier by going down the day before. Exeter is only just over 2 hours from Birmingham by train, so it was a nice easy run. For this trip it was just H, me and my mum, as the other half couldn’t make it due to work commitments (he did get to go to Italy without us earlier in the year after all).
Exeter is a lovely city and we enjoyed fitting a little exploring. Mum got to see a bit more as she was on a later flight than ours (we were booking late and the flight was full). H and I set off to the airport in a cab the next morning to catch our flight and here’s the link to my blog post about our Isles of Scilly trip.
We settled into our hotel and then set out to explore. Staying in the biggest town (Hugh Town) on the biggest island (St.Mary’s) meant that we were close to local amenities, but nowhere on the islands is that big and you can walk around each of the islands in a day if you set your mind to it.
Cheating slightly with the picture here. These are all from our trip to Tresco on Friday. The weather was beautiful and we got to visit the famous Tresco Abbey Gardens, which are sub-tropical and very lovely.
Another cheat. On Sunday we visited the islands of St.Agnes and Gugh on a boat trip. Each island is a bit different and has its own discreet character. We enjoyed sampling the local cakes, beer (not H obviously) and ice cream along the way on St.Agnes.
Soon after we got back we had guests from Germany arrive. These were friends that we made when H was at playgroup and the family came over to live in the UK for 6 months. Since then they have visited us a couple of times and we have been to stay with them in Bonn. I took them out on a canal trip through Birmingham, which was really interesting even for me, a life long resident. We were on the trip with a lot of Australian journalists on a press trip as it turns out – they were getting out their cameras to take pictures of the industrial architecture, so I didn’t look at all out-of-place with my DSLR.
H missed out on some of the fun because he was back at school, but we did manage to fit in a visit to the Black Country Museum, which is always a good day out. H loves it there, so we always have to eat fish and chips (really tasty) and buy sherbet lemons from the sweet shop.
Week 42: 22 October 2016