Our travels, exploits, and adventures

Christmas in the UK

January 14, 2012

Hi everyone and happy holidays to you! I’ve been slacking with posting on the blog. . . its been really busy! Anyway, we’ve had several requests for pics from our Christmas UK trip so here are some of the highlights:

The cottage where we stayed in West Marden, Southern England

Chris (Erin’s mom), Chloe (Erin’s sister), and Dondi at “The Keepers”

A stop in South Harting on Christmas Day where the Collins’ lived for 2 years while in the UK

Erin and Ryan’s old 2 classroom school which is now converted into several housing units

One of the local South Harting pubs “The White Hart Inn”

Christmas lunch (of the 5 course meal variety) at the Royal Oak in Hooksway. . . and yes, we actually knew the owner at the bar from when we lived there

Dondi after his first pub meal of the trip. . . and a great meal it was!

Idsworth Church. . . a really old Church from the 12th century (?) that is still in use today

A visit to Portsmouth to look across and see the Isle of Wight and Southsea Castle- that’s Fred (Erin’s Dad) on the left

Dondi walking the labrynth at Portchester Castle near Portsmouth

Ditcham Park- the school on the hill with the horrible green uniforms that Erin and Ryan went to when we lived in the UK (the second school)

Erin at Ditcham Park

Chichester Cathedral, Chichester- a really old walled city in southern England

The “Round Table” hung on the wall at Winchester Castle


The Golden Lion- a great little pub with and a lovely lunch in Winchester

We took the train from Petersfield to London (about an hour) for the day; went to see Wicked at The Apollo Victoria Theatre

Dondi and Chloe in front of the Tower of London

We took a tour and got to walk in the Tower Bridge- very cool with great views of London!

Erin, Chloe, and Dondi took a 6 mile hike through the South Downs on the public footpaths and bridle-ways

Dondi hiking on the public footpath right through the middle of the farmer’s fields

Walked around the ruins at Cowdray Castle in Midhurst

Visited the New Forest and saw some of the 4,000+ wild ponies

Went to the Beaulieu Motor Museum and saw tons of old cars and the James Bond car collection

Went to visit Kate, Jumbo and the kids Alex, Emily, and Edward for a lovely dinner and fun night- Kate was Ryan and Erin’s childminder after school and we boarded our horses at their farm in East Harting- Jumbo is a sheep farmer with thousands of sheep all over the South Downs and they live in a 1600’s farm house


Overall we had a great trip and were very fortunate to get a last minute invite from Erin’s parents to join them! Good times. =)


We sure hope you enjoyed all the pictures from our trip. Leave us a comment if you’d like! Until next time, Erin and Dondi




6 responses

  1. Meg

    Thanks for sharing! It’s really cool to see what your years in England looked like, especially the schools! How did you like wicked?

    January 15, 2012 at 8:50 am

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the pics Meg! It was really cool to see the schools that I went to when I was little. My perspective definitely shifted but it stirred up lots of fond memories!

      January 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

  2. Anne

    A great trip thru a bit of merrie ole England. I have been in Winchester castle perhaps 40 years ago. Interesting to see that the round table still hangs. I love it that pubs are good places to go .. not like our bars where I always feel that I don’t really belong.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

    • Thanks for the comment Anne. Yes, the pubs in England are great! In many small towns, the pubs are the only restaurants or places to eat so that’s where everyone goes. They are warm and inviting and often family friendly. -Erin

      January 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

  3. Karen Menges

    What a wonderful trip! GREAT photos! Thanks! It’s good to know all the fun stuff you’re up to. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Love to you both, karen

    January 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  4. We’re so glad you enjoyed the photos Karen! =)

    January 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

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