Location: Lille, France
We can't believe that it is our two year wedding anniversary already. Spent a romantic weekend in Lille (Northen France). Travelled via the Eurostar.
Had a lovely time, even ate a few snails :)
Location: Cardiff Wales, UK
Went to Cardiff in Wales to watch the rugby. Had a fantastic time. Australia won. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie ..............
Location: Various countries., Europe
had a fantastic two week holiday abroad.
We flew to Rome and spent four nights there exploring the city. It is an amzing place. Just so unbelievable how old the place is. We went to the Vatican City while we were there which was great.
From Rome we caught the Eurostar to Florence.We stayed in Florence for one night and saw the staue of David (replica) and some beautiful bridges. From Florence we joined a busabout tour (It's where you can hop on and off at different places on their route).
We stopped at Pisa and saw the leaning tower. We only stayed there for a couple of hours as that was the only thing there to see.
From Pisa we bused to La Spezia on the Italian Riviera. It was absolutely amazing. We stayed there for two nights and considered spending the rest of our trip there. We walked the Cinque Terre (which means five villages) It is a beautiful walk along the coast line.It was quite difficult and mostly up hill. We stopped at some of the beaches along the way for a rest and to cool down. The walk in total took us 7hours. We started from the North near Genova and headed south and back to La Spezia.
From La Spezia we bused around the Nice in France, stopping at Monaco on the way. We only spent one night in Nice a a dodgy hotel. It was very similar to the Gold coast.
From Nice we bused to Munic in Germany. in munic we spent some time at the Houfbroughuse, which is a famous beer hall. Howie had a stein that was the size of his head. The shopping was great. We stayed at the wombat hostel, which was fantastic. We definately reconment it.
From Munic we went to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. Howie and i fell in love with the place. The owner of the restaurant we ate at was from Young in NSW, he has married a swiss lady. We went to Lucern and to Litchenstein. We will definately go back there. There is plenty to do. lots of walks and climbs, white water rafting, sky diving, skiing, etc...
From Switzerland we went through Austria and then back to Italy we we stopped in Venicefor two nights.
In Venice i bumped into Dean Frazer i guy i went to high school with. He is now living and working in London and doing alot of travelling inbetween. Venice was also really amazing. You have to go there. Everything is very overprice there though, we just kept getting ripped off.
From Venice we caught a train to Milan. We stayed in a beautiful 5star motel there. Milan was on holidays so there wasn't much open. We didn't mind, we were happy to spend most of our time in our room resting.
We flew out from Mialn back to London.
Our holiday was for just over two weeks. Howie went back to work the next day and i still have three weeks of holidays left.
Location: London, UK
Accepted job at Sacred Heart in North London. Have worked for three weeks, just filling in and organising myself for the new school year, which starts in September. i will be teaching a year 3/4 class. It takes about 30minutes on the tube to get to work.
Will be on six weeks holidays soon.
Location: London, UK
Another busy month.
Went for a few walks around Hampstead Heath with some firends. (a huge park in North London - can see the whole city from there, will take photos and put them on the site). Had a picnic there. Saw Gerry Halliwell (Ginger Spice) with her baby. There are ponds which have been made into swimming pools. There is a mans pool. You can't see the pool through the bushes, but outside the bushes, there are only men lying around in their bathers. The same thing happens around the women's pool.
Met up with Claire in Baker Street (i went to uni with her).
Went out in West Hampstead for Katina's Birthday at a pub called 'The Lion'. Had lots of fun.
Celebrated my birthday. Howie and i went out for dinner at a nice pizza place at St Paul's Cathedral. Later we went to the 'Lion King'. It was fantastic! thanks to everyone who sent through birthday wishes. :)
Went for an interview at a school in North London. Sounds like a great school. i have worked there a few times on supply and it is very nice to teach at. If i accept the job. I will be put through the university of Reading to get my Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), taught Spanish as there are alot of spanish speaking parents, have my own laptop and my own Teacher Assistant (TA) who will do all my photo copying, marking and wall displays and group work within the class - every/most teachers in the UK have a TA.
We went to Buckingham Palace to watch the royals go down the Mall for the Queen's birthday. Saw Prince Will and his Dad, also Camilla. Saw Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princess Ann and the Queen and her husband. We don't have any photos of it because we filmed it. Sorry, maybe next year.
Location: Various / London, UK
It has been a very busy month.
Howie went to Edinburgh for work.
I fell over on the wet path and split my knee open.
We went to the British Museum.
Went to Trafalgar Square and had a picnic since they had covered the square with grass. We took a bottle with a cork and left the corkscrew at home. Very disappointing, until we discovered that the people next to us had done the same thing so we were all searching for one and eventually found one. Phew!
Location: Dover - Folkstone, UK
We spent a wonderful weekend in Dover camping with some friends - Alice & Craig. The White Cliffs were amazing. I never could have imagined that chalk could be so strong. We camped right on the coast in a place called Folkstone, which had just had an earth quake only hours before our arrival.
On the way we stopped at Canterbury. Canterbury was full of crooked houses and buildings (see in photos). We also went through a place on the coast called Sandwich and stopped at Deal the have lunch.
On our way home we went to Hastings and had fish and chips on the pebble beach.
Had a great weekend away!
Location: Hyde Park, UK
Stumbled upon a Royal Salute in Hyde Park. It was fired by the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillary on the occasion of H.M. the Queen's birthday.
It was a 41 gun royal gun salute. It was absolutely amazing. The ceremony started by the army band marching along the pavement. Some guy was marching behind them, which was hillarious. He looked just like Mr Bean.
Afterwards 6 soldiers marched onto the grassed area and marked out posts. Then about 50 horses came towards us at full gallop - a team of 6 horses pulled 1 gun, the noise of the thundering hooves combined with the creak of leather and well greased wheel bearings must be a sound akin to the modern mobile armoured artillery (tanks) the horses and the handlers barely slowed and men had jumped off their horses and off loaded six 11lbs guns and swung them round in the marked postitions, the two or three handlers then turned their team horses in an impossible tight circle and thundered off to a safe position about a half mile back. you can certainly see why the British Army was a force to be reckoned with as this unit was lighting fast as it could deployed and in action in around 20 minutes to devastating effect. the guns were 13 lbs commissioned in in 1904 and were extensively used in both World Wars
After all the soldiers were ready they started firing the guns. It was staggering. You could feel the noise of the rounds reverbrate through your body and the echoes were heard after each shot, the guns spat long tounges of fire followed by foul smelling white smoke, the whole park was at times blanketed by this mist and it added an eerie atmosphere as it filtered the sunlight to a different shade of yellow. After the last rounds and before the rolling thunder of echoes the familiar sound of thundering hooves, creak of leather and squeal of wheel bearings came to us. the spectacle of a team of 6 horses arriving at full stretch throwing up clods of dirt behind them and little puffs of dust from the pounding hooves was amazing. Impossibly the handlers bought the team to a halt, the footing of the horses slipped as they tried to steady themselves. The gunners spun the 13 pounders around and hooked it on as the heavy breathing and impatience wild eyed horses litteraly chomped at the bit. The whole outfit then mounted and spun around again in an impossibly tight circle throwing up rooster tails of dirt from the gun wheels and clods from the horses hooves and raced away. the setting of the guns and the retreival of the guns was lightning fast and efficient.
As impressive as it was to see, the other end of the guns would also have been impressive but on the other end of the scale.
Location: London, UK
Another busy month.
We moved out of our place in Willesden Green and moved over to Hackney into Mungo and Mandy's place to house sit for them while they went holidaying in Australia for a month.
Over the Easter weekend we went to Suffolk with Lucy to visit Fay (Howie's dad's sister), Chris, Stewart, Geraldine and family. We had a really nice time.
After the weekend in Suffolk Howie got back into work and because i was still on holidays i went i up to Yorkshire and spent a couple of days with Grandma. Grandma, Hannah and i went for a walk through the Yorkshire moores. It was lovely. All the daffodiles where out.
When i got back from yourkshire, i just started house hunting. On the 14th April we moved into our new place in Maida Vale. A one bedroom apartment. It is a great size for us and is in a fantastic location (Walking distance to hyde park).
It is awful moving all our stuff from place to place. We used public transport for most of the moving, got a taxi for the really akward stuff.
Location: London, UK
Our new address and contact details are:
46C Saltram Crescent,
London, U.K. W9 3HR.
Alice phone number: 001144 7722687088
Howie phone number: 001144 7982683155
Location: London, UK
Well it has been a busy month.
Last week i worked at the same school for the whole week. I had a year four class. They were hard work, but i managed. The principal approached me on the Friday and offered me a perminant position at the school start in september. I don't think i will accept, but it was really flattering to be asked.
Grandma was also in London this weekend. We caught up with her at her friend Anne's place in Hampstead Heath. We went for a walk through the health. It was really lovely. It has absolutely amazing views of the city.
St Patricks day was on the weekend. We had planned on going into the city to get amongst the celebrations. But Craig our flatmate gave us tickets to the opening of Wembley Stadium, so we went to that instead. It was pretty amazing. We watched a game of football (soccer) and then headed into convent Garden. It was so crowed that we decided to go home. I have also been suffering with a cold.
Howie was also given tickets from work to see a film from the Austalian film festival. So we went to see Ravenswood with our new flatmates who are Brittish. It was fantastic. After the film, the actor came out and spoke with the audience about his experiences through the making of the film.
We found out this week that the place we are living has been sold and we only have 4 weeks to move. I'm really glad that i will be on holidays for two of the 4 weeks, but really sad that we have to move from this nice place.
Location: London, UK
Well we found a really nice place and moved in on Monday. It was hard work using public transport to cart all our bags around. Anyway we are so lucky to have found such a nice place. It is a four bedroom house with four couples living. We all have an ensuite so the only sharing in the kitchen which is huge and the conservatory with the TV. All the other couples have a TV in their room except us, so we are usually the only ones that are in there.
One couple in slovakian and they both work at night so we rarely see them, there is another couple who are moving out next week. She is sweedish and he is Italian, they both work nights as well. Then there is another Australian couple. He is the project manager at Wembly Stadium and She is a school teacher and her name is Alice.
We are fenced off from the road with other houses. Within the fence we have a lovely garden, gym, indoor heated pool, suana and jacuzzi. I will have to take photos. It is almost like living in a motel.
Howie started work on Thursday and i had my first day on Friday. Howie seems to think that he will enjoy his work, but i'm not sure about me. I had a shocking day on Friday. Yr 5 class, two fights, just out of control. Students with diagnosed mental disabilities and no aid. I just hope it gets better!
Saturday we went to the Portobello Rd Markets. I had the time of my life. I could have spent the whole day there. Howie was so bored. The markets were just huge. You need to get there early so you can see everything. I will definately be going back.
Location: London, UK
Well some very exciting news.
Howies interview on Monday went extreemly well and he found out on Tuesday that he got the job as a relationship manager. He will be working in migrant banking and dealing with Australian, NewZealand and South African Expats as well as English people who wish to migrate to Australia.
I attended my seminar in Victoria and found out some really good information. I will need to be working full-time to get my QTS so that probably wont be for another year or so. But i need to get it within four years of working as a teacher here. The great advantage of getting your QTS is that you will be recognised world wide and the pay scale increases.
We have been house hunting and seen some horrendous places. One place we went to scared us half to death. We have decided to up our budget now we know Howies income as well and only live in places in zones one or two.
Howies 30th birthday was yesterday. We celebrated with Chinese and beer. We also had a really lovely day at the antiques market in Angel, where we are now staying at a bed n breakfast.
More exciting news. I met up with Katherine, who i lived with at uni. She has been here for the last couple of years working as a radiographer. It was great to see her after so long.
Con gratulation to Liv and Aaron and Pete and Chippa who got engaged. Times that you wish you were back home.
Location: London, UK
Well i worked all this week and last week. I was so relieved to find out that no other school is like the one i taught at two weeks ago. I have had a lovely week teaching from Nursery to year 6. They are only 3-4yrs old in nursery and very cute.
All the schools this week were Catholic Schools. Each class has a TA - Teacher Assistant who does anything for you - mark work, make you coffee, call the roll. It is unreal. Also black boards are not used in the classroom. Teachers only use the interactive white board which is all done through the computer. It is wonderful.
This weekend we went to Buckingham Palace hoping to see the changing of the guards. It is on every second day and we went on the wrong day. But we were able to walk up to Downing Street and watch the changing of the Horse guards. We spent most of the weekend in the city just walking about. We walked through Hide Park. It is really look beautiful at the moment. All the daffodils and tulips are out and the trees are starting to blossom.
Forgot to give you our address last time:
8 Honeyman Close, Bronsbury Park, London, NW6 7AZ.
Feel free to drop a note.
Location: Beverley, UK
Well we are definately moving to London on Monday. Howie has got a job interview with the Commonwealth Bank in London and i have organised with Hays to start work when we get there. It will be half-term break from school so we will have a week to find accomodation.
We have booked a motel in Gloster Rd for four nights, so i'm hoping we find something quick.
On Wednesday i have a seminar to attend. It will give me information on how to obtain my QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to teach as a recognised teacher in Europe.
So fingers crossed that everything works out.
Location: Beverley, England
Well i had my first day of work today at Beverley Minster School in Beverley. I taught a year 6 class (only 10 & 11 yrs old). They were so well behaved and so motivated to work, i couldn't believe how lucky i was. They were very facinated with my accent. Only two of them guessed that i was Australian and only two children knew people who lived in Australia.
Beverley Minster School was also the school that Charlie and Eddie went to when Tom & Sally & the boys lived in Beverley with Granma for 6 months (about 10yrs ago).
I have to say that it was no different to teaching in Australia. Except it was an extreemly well behaved class and the work for me to teach was left for me.
This week Granma's twin brother Bill and his wife Nancy have been staying here. They are visiting from Kent in the south of London.
We have been to Hannah, Ian, Sam and Will's (aunt, uncle & cousins of Alice) place for dinner several times in Nafferton which is only about 20min drive from Beverley.
Location: York, England
We went to York today. Which is the captital of Yorkshire. it is a beautiful city. There is a wall that surrounds the city and it also has a Minster (meaning: important church), except it is alot bigger than the one in Beverley. There are only five Minsters in the country and we have now gone through two of them and seen three. (Beverley Minster, York Minster & WestMinster Abbey)
We walked halfway around the wall until we reached the castle area.
The castle was a small cylinder shapped building that was build on top of a man-made hill. It was pretty cool, but not at all like i exspected a castle to look like. You will see in the photos. On the way to Filey on Monday we stopped at a mansion called 'Burton Agnes' which was amazing, but i forgot to take any photos of it.
We have now had a chance to up load our photos, so check them out.