Monday, November 16, 2009

Scotland was lovely! Royal mile leads up to the castle; Sir Walter Scott Monument; the girls; Greyfriars Bobby Pub with famous dog sculpture.

Edinburgh Castle is perched up on a rock mountain in the middle of Edinburgh overlooking the city and harbor.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Half-term Break and updates about school year!

Yeah! It's half-term break! We get a whole week off, from school! This is Laura Ann. Our family is going up to Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow for two days and nights. At school, we're working very hard! I have a new teacher called Mrs. Francis, and she's very nice! We had a Cross Country Running Event at the local Middle and High School about a month ago. We ran in age groups also in boys and girls. It was a running event against about 12 other schools. We haven't got the results back yet, but I think I might've came in the top 25! We're going to have another Christmas play this year, but we don't know what it's going to be about yet! So, over all, we're pretty busy. By the way, check out the new question that I came up with. It will be easy for some! I'm excited, because it's my birthday in less than a month! I'm turning 11! Katie and I are going to have a joint party, since her birthday is about 2 weeks after mine. It's going to be a swimming party at our local indoor pool. We're going to have the 'Aqua Run' which is like a huge bouncy castle on water. I can't wait to go to Scotland tomorrow! Well, I have got to go! Bye!
Laura Ann

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Phone booth and balloon

Eggs cost about $5 a dozen here, so we bought two hens, Fudge and Butterscotch

Laura Ann with her new glasses and both girls on the morning of the first day of school

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Summer holiday

We soooo enjoyed the warm weather, delicious foods and the time spent with family and friends this past month. It's hard to imagine that we've been here a year.
It was a learning process the first year-how to do things we take for granted in our native country. Going back home to the States I can't help to compare and contrast the differences. Thanks for checking this blog... I'll try to update it occassionally with photos and bits of information.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Enter the Cotswolds in June

Historic Bibury

Cotwolds in June

Roses in bloom everywhere!

Lower Slaughter on path to the mill

Thatched roof at Minster Lovel

Burton-on-the Water...the Venice of England

My Bucket List in England... Stonehenge

After living here for nearly a year, I have finally visited Stonehenge. The heaviest stone weighs 44 tons. Some of the stones were carried from Wales. Amazing for being nearly 5,000 year old!

Robin Hood's Bay at Half Term Break

Friday, May 29, 2009

Monkey Forest, Stoke-on-Trent...

It took driving 80 minutes to go 40 miles, through the most beautiful countryside to get to this FANTASTIC Monkey Forest! There are 140 monkies here to freely roam. We saw a two day old monkey clinging to it's mom up in the trees, but the fun one to watch was the 5 week old monkey that was about 10 feet from us. Overall, we were close to about forty monkies!

Katie with her guinnea pig, coconut

Baby Lambs at Chatsworth

Sister Jane's visit to Jolly Ol' England

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Easter: West Minster Abbey

Big Ben

Buckingham Palace Band

Buckingham Palace Guards

Off to London!

On top of the World!

Haddon Hall nearly 1,000 years old; home of Lord and Lady Manners

Friday, April 24, 2009

I've been a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad Blogger!

We must be offically 'adjusted' here, because life is too full to find the time needed to post updated information and photographs! It took me seven months to enter into a job. Looking back, I am thankful for the time that I had to set up our household and enjoy the beauty of the land and of the people I am surrounded by. Our 'savings grace' has been that the British Pound fell sharply after we moved here so our dollar lasted longer than it should have. Unfortunately it's time to earn an income to live on! I am a full time substitute teacher in a Secondary School about 25min. away from our home. I will try to update this blog seasonally with photographs and recent happenings. For example, we recently went to London for the first time with my parents and David's sister, Jane, has been visiting us this Spring. Cheerio, Tammy

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lambs and daffodils

It is so precious to see the little lambs in the fields and the cheerful yellow daffodils throughout the villages and countryside! I'll be sure to take photos soon!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mothering Sunday

Yesterday was Mum's Day! It has the same feel as Mother's Day in the States. Although it's history comes from children (around the age of 13) returning home to their mothers after being away at work in elaborate homes/estates. They wouldn't have been able to travel by foot during the winter months, so when the warmer weather of March came around it was their first visit home since October. Parish churches traditionally went to their Mother Church on this Sunday.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy RED NOSE day!

Today people do funny things for money which is donated to charity. Almost all the children wore plastic red noses at the girl's primary school. British Comedians and Celebraties are on the television raising money for charities in Africa and in the UK. Here you see some Cliff College students who dressed to extreme today!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Slight differences in dates...

We won't move our clock forward until March 29th but we do celebrate Mother's Day,
more commonly called 'Mothering Day' in the United Kingdom, on March 22 instead of in the month of May!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Curbar Primary School Update by Laura Ann

Hi!! Did you know that we just had a 10 day holiday? We have two weeks off in April, and one week in May as well! Also, did you know that we don't get report cards over here? We don't even get to bring our work home either.
So far, since I started in September, there are 2 new people in my class. Caitiln, and a boy called Noah. Next year, when I'm in Year6, I'll be the oldest in the school!!!!

At school, we have a subject that most schools don't have, called Technology. It's when your teacher tells you what to do, and you do it. Once we made a boat that had to carry a 2 hundred gram weight! Luckly, mine didn't sink! We also made a clock that actully worked! I gave it to Mom and Dad for a Christmas present. Right now, it's here in the living room ticking away! Well, gotta go! Bye!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our friends, Brian and Maria Rice have been so kind to share England with us! Here Laura Ann took a photo of us eating Paella in York.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

FUN in York, on half-term break last week!

York: 1,000 year old Viking city

York's Shambles- Once the meat-butchering center of York, it dates from before the Norman Conquest

York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe