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Our snow week in England!!!

This week was probably the most exciting week in England for me, Tara, in a loooooong time!

Why you ask?

Because there was snow on the ground everyday, all day, for the whole entire week!!!! I haven't had that since I was in Alaska! :D So needless to say I wore myself out with excited energy and practically burst with glee!!!


Coming home from a long weekend in France to snow!


Driving into work...
View of the snow outside my office window...you have no idea how hard it was for me to concentrate on work!!!


Parked the car and walking into work...
The pond behind the lab was so peaceful...
View of the back of the lab (the pond would be to the left in this photo)


Beside myself with excitement over the fresh snow falling!!!!
Schools may close. Offices may close. Public transport may be delayed. But McDonald's is always a sure thing - rain or shine, snow or sleet...nothing will keep them from closing their doors.

Thrilled to be walking into work in the falling snow yet again!!!!


Weekend Retreat...

to the Peak District with families from the Cambridge SDA Church. Had a beautiful, uplifting weekend at the peaceful Sandybrook Country Park. If you ever get the chance to stay at Sandybrook, which I hope you do, they have the most relaxing cabins that have the ability to refresh one's hectic life. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of these or any of the meetings, but I do have some photos from the group hike today to Dovedale - absolutely breathtaking!

Giany "Versace", our paparazzi.
Wellies, check. Beanie, check. Coat, check. Swimming goggles, check. Right, let's go hiking...
With our buddy, Tessa, before heading out on the hike.

After running up the right side of that hill in the pic to the left. I'm so going to start hill running - indescribable high.

Ryan giving H a lift up the hill.
Part of our group.

H thoroughly enjoying her ice cream cone. She is too cute!
Final group shot after the hike. 


Bonfire Night

Remembe remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Went and watched the fireworks for Guy Fawkes night Wednesday with friends from work, sans Ryan cause he was working late.  Sadly I don't seem to have taken any photos of the group of us, just the fireworks. Which is a shame because you miss out on seeing my light up bunny ears...that everyone used as a beacon to keep from getting separated.*

I also couldn't seem to get away from the tree.


Weaving through the road crowd to get to our next destination...

The bonfire...
More crowds...
Still more crowds...and fair rides...and yummy fair food smells.

* Let the record show that they all made fun of the bunny ears at first.

Great day for a birthday

A big Happy Birthday to my Daddy today! I send you lots of love and birthday hugs from across the pond! See you in 2 weeks!!! :D

Survey says

1. What time did you get up this morning? Way later than I should have…8.15am

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend right? Okay, not really…but they sure are pretty…course so are pearls. Can’t I pick both!?!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Mama Mia – Pierce Brosnan is painful to watch and listen sing!

4. What is your favorite TV show? Oh dear, I can’t choose just one so I’m gonna have to say: The Big Bang Theory, Lost, CSI: NY, Bones, NCIS

5. What did you have for breakfast? A banana and cherry soy yogurt

6. What is your middle name? Elizabeth

7. What food do you dislike? Eggplant, beets, and brie cheese

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Well, since the days of Itunes I don’t buy CDs anymore, but my current fav is a mix of Christian  songs I put together.

9. What kind of car do you drive? Renault Modus

10. Favorite sandwich? It used to be a Griller sandwich, but since I can’t eat those anymore I’ve defaulted back to the old faithful banana sandwich

11. What characteristic do you despise? Hmmm, lets see: laziness, arrogance, impatience, deceitfulness…

12. Favorite item of clothing? Can’t say as I have a favorite, but I am seriously diggin’ my new LiveStrong t-shirt – thanks Hero!

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? After living in England for 2 ½ years I’d have to say anywhere tropical that has crystal clear blue water and a nice secluded white sandy beach

14. Favorite brand of clothing? Don't have a favorite although I do love buying outdoor clothes from REI

15. Where would you retire to? High up in the NC mountains

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Last year Ryan surprised me with a trip down to London to see Fiddler on the Roof and this year he’s taking me down to London again to see Phantom of the Opera!

17. Favorite sport to watch? I don’t particularly like watching sports on TV – I’d rather be playing them myself. But I do like to cheer for the Chicago Bears alongside my Hubby. Go Bears!!!

18. What is the farthest place this e-mail will go? I have no idea since I’m not sending this as an email but posting it on our blog.

19. Person you expect to send it back first? No clue – see previous answer

20. When is your birthday? October 20

22. Are you a Morning person or a Night person? I used to be completely a night person down to my core – I was most productive in the evening hours. But now I find I can’t seem to stay up as late, nor do I want to, and I’m tending to be übber productive when I wake up first thing of a morning…Ryan attributes this to my ‘getting older’ the closer I approach 30 (which isn’t this birthday!)

23. What is your shoe size? 8.5US

24. Pets? Brevig, the coolest dog ever, (who’s with my parents until we move back) and Sayers, the cat, who ignores any visitors we might have here.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? Sadly, no.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? Little, as in younger than 10 - a hair stylist.

27. How are you today? I’m very well, thank you. And how are you?

28. What is your favorite candy? Starburst

29. What is your favorite flower(s)? Tulips, Daffodils, Roses, Hydrangeas, Lavender, Lilies, and the list goes on and on…

30. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? I’ve always looked forward to the Sabbath (Saturday) for as long as I can remember – it’s my favorite day of the week. But outside of that would be my birthday!

32. What is your full name? If you know me you know, and if you don’t know me, tough turkey.

31. What are you listening to right now? The inner workings of my brilliant mind.

34. What was the last thing you ate? A plum.

35. Do you ever wish on stars? Occasionally.

36. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Any range of blue.

38. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Heather, to wish her Happy Birthday.

39. Favorite soft drink? Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke, but I can’t have these very often due to my persnickety stomach.

40. Favorite Restaurant? Tupelo Honey in Asheville, NC, Sakisui in Chattanooga, TN, and Zara’s in Great Shelford, England.

41. Hair color? Dark brown with way too many white hairs mixed in…I cover these up though.

42. What was your favorite toy as a child? Barbie dolls, My Little Ponies, and cars and trucks that I played with in the sand pile.

43. Summer or winter? I actually prefer Fall.

44. Hugs or kisses? Definitely both.

45. Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla, but only if it’s ice cream. Never been a big chocolate lover so please don’t ever give me chocolates as a gift. They certainly won’t get eaten by me.

46. Coffee or tea? Tea

47. Do you want your friends to email you back? Always...but I understand people get busy and forget…mostly because shamefully I’m not always the best at replying.  

48. When was the last time you cried? It's actually been awhile.

49. What is under your bed? I usually never put anything under the bed, but I do happen to have a bunch of stuff under there now cause I don’t have room for it anywhere else in our tiny home.

50. What did you do last night? Procrastinated cleaning my kitchen.

51. What are you afraid of? The dark, and being tortured for my faith in the End Times.

52. Salty or sweet? Both, but salty over sweet hands down.

53. How many keys on your key ring? 4

54. How many years at your current job? Since July 2008 and loving every minute!

55. Favorite day of the week? Saturday.

56. How many towns have you lived in? 5 – Hickory, NC, Asheville, NC, Chattanooga, TN, Nome, AK, and Cambridge, England

57. Do you make friends easily? Yes, although I don’t find it as easy to make close friends the older I get.

58. How many people will you send this to? None...cause it’s a blog.

59. How many will respond? Anyone who has time is welcome to.

Still more to come...

Stayed tuned for the Europe portion. It's the best!

Anglesey Abbey

Mom and I also made it over to Anglesey Abbey. Ryan and I are National Trust members. When mom and I went to Stowe Landscape Gardens the lady at the till didn't even ask to see my membership card, so I thought I'd try to get mom in on Ryan's membership here. This time the girl at the till dutifully studied the membership cards. I feined ingnorance that I thought family members could use it since my mom was visiting from the USA. She didn't like it (and probably didn't believe me) but she let me do it anyway...only after giving me a lecture not to do it again.

We did go in the house. Lots of rooms that were dark and horribly moldy smelling. I'm guessing  hoping it was more pleasant in it's earlier days.

That's no good.
You're distracting me.
I got it. I got it.

Pass the cotton candy

Went to the Quy Country Fair.  Unfortunately neither mom nor I remembered to get cash before we went in so we didn't get to buy any fair food...won't make that mistake again. The highlight for me was getting to see the Newfoundlands!

We're gonna add a beautiful Newfie to our family one day!

Let the parade begin...

What a nice ass...or 4...   hee hee

And so it continues...

After mom and I walked all over Stowe Landscape Gardens we had just enough time to breeze by Waddesdon Manor. It was too late to go in the house but the grounds were ours for the exploring. It also happens to be the first place I've been to here in England that reminded me of any part of home - more specifically, the Biltmore Estate. The pictures don't do it justice, but believe me I was a happy for a good hour being transported back home. :)

It's mini-Biltmore

These flower birds were everywhere.
You can see part of the bird aviary in the background.

The stables...that house a restaurant and gift shop instead of horses.

Time out

Mkay, obviously I'm no where near finished with the posting of the pictures. But have no fear, I will resume my quest tomorrow after work. Till then...good night and God bless.