Eva -trip to the UK
                                 Arrive 31-05-2011


                                                                     June 1st
                                                             Eva -first  day of the holiday

     David and Eva
                                                          Having breakfast in the garden


                                                                     East Meon- on the way to Vickis 
                                                                                                     June 1st

                                                                                      East Meon
         The village is located in the Meon Valley approximately 31 km (19 miles) north
Portsmouth and 98 km (61 miles) southwest of London, on the headwaters of 
River Meon. East Meon is geographically the largest parish in East Hampshire.
        The boundaries of the present
Parish of East Meon date back to 1894.

                                                                   East Meon

                                                                     East Meon

                                                 Eva enjoying  a beer at  Ye Olde George in East Meon

                     .                                                                  June 2nd
                                                                   Lee-on- Solent
                  View from Vickis Window 
                 Large cruise ships pass through the Solent from Southampton every day

                                                                 Driving in the New Forest                                             
                                         Vicki, trying to aviod the cow on the road

                                                                         Ponies  on the  road
The New Forest is an area of southern England which includes the largest remaining
tractsof unenclosed pasture land, 
heathland and forest in the heavily-populated South
East of  England
. It covers south-west Hampshire and extends into south-east Wiltshire.

New Forest ponies

                                                       Fat cows and new born foal

Eva, by the Canadian War Memorial
   Vicki was determined to find this for Eva, even though we must have seen every blade
                     of  grass in the New Forest , but we had great fun in doing so

 Eva and Pat, in the New Forest                                            

at Highcliffe , where we stopped for lunch, afer our ride  in the the New Forest

Pat showing Eva, Vickis dolls house

                                                                   June 3rd
      Titchfield Abbey is a medieval abbey and later country house, located in the village
  Titchfield near Fareham in Hampshire, England. The abbey was founded in 1222
Premonstratensian canons, an austere order of 

                                                                 June 3rd
                                         Pat and Eva in front of the
Spinnaker Tower 
(Looking  from Gosport  over to Portsmouth )

                                      Pat and Eva at the top of the 
Spinnaker Tower
Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is
taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established
                                            itself as a national icon for Britain

One of the views from the Spinnaker Tower

        View of the Spice Island pub from the Spinnaker Tower
 -this is where we went for
meal at one of vickis Bonanzathons

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                                                                          June 4th
 On the way home from Vicki

             Eva by the river in 
Arundel  ,when we stopped  for a break on the way home 
                                                                         from Vicki

  1.                                                                  June 5th
                                                                East Grinstead
     Shefield Park gardens, near to East grinstead
    An internationally renowned landscape garden laid out in the 18th century by
    Capability Brown and further developed in the 20th century by Arthur G Soames.

    Bluebell Railway-East grinstead
    The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running for nine miles along the
    border between 
    East and West Sussex, England.Steam trains are operated between 
    Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, with an intermediate station at Horsted Keynes.
    The Bluebell Railway was the first preserved standard gauge steam-operated
    passenger railway in the world to operate a public service, running the first train on
    7th August 1960, less than 3 years after the line from 
    East Grinstead to Lewes had
    been closed by British Railways. The Bluebell Railway also preserved a number of
     steam locomotives even before the cessation of steam service on British
    mainline railways in 1968.


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                                               Traveled to meet Maggie in Birmingham

                                                            Sandra and Maggie,by Bully

                                                                      Maggie with Eva 
                                                          Home at Maggies in

June 7th

                               Visit to Stratford -on -Avon, while staying with Maggie
             Shakespeares Birthplace is a carefully restored 16th century half-timbered
          house situated in Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England,
          where it is believed that
William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and spent his
          childhood years


    Anne Hathaways cottage,where the young William Shakespeare courted his future bride
                                                   at her picturesque family home.

                              We had lunch at BENS SONS Resturant in Stratford-upon-Avon


                                                                            8th June 
                                                                    Coach to Liverpool

                                                                       8th June 
Eva outside the Cavern club
     The Cavern Club is a
rock and roll club in Liverpool, England. Opened on Wednesday
    16 January 1957, the club had their first performance by
The Beatles on 9 February 1961,
            and where
Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles performing on 9 November 1961.

                                                                        Eva in  
 Mathew Street 
treet in Liverpool, England, best-known worldwide as the location of the Cavern Club

   Eva and Sandra meet up with Lynne, Erin and Lynda at the Albert Dock on our first 
                                                                    day in Liverpo

                                                                    Albert Dock   
                                                               Sandra and Lynda   

                              Lynne, Sandra, Erin and Lynda, eating out in Liverpool

                                                                       June 9th
Day two in Liverpool

                                                                         Liver Bird
                                          Eva, Lyn, Lynne and Erin,in front of the Liver buliding               
Opened in 1911 the building is the purpose-built home of the Royal Liver Assurance
group, which had been set up in the city in 1850 to provide locals with assistance related
to losing a wage-earning relative.
Today the Royal Liver Building is one of the
most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool and is home to two fabled
Liver Birds
that watch over the city and the sea. Legend has it that were these two birds to fly
away, then the city would cease to exist.

On  the Meresy Ferry-Sandra, Lynne,Erin and Eva
     The Mersey Ferry is a ferry 
service operating on the River Mersey in north west
     England , between Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula. Ferries have been used on
     this route since at least the 12th century, and continue to be popular for both
     local people and visitors

                                              Erin and Lynne-on the Mersey Ferry

      Erin and Eva (below)  visting the Beatles story experience-I think they wanted to
                                                                 join  the band



       Located in the Fab Fours hometown of Liverpool, the award-winning Beatles
       Story experience is an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and
                                                        music of the Beatles

Sandra ,Lynda and Lynne, taking a rest with the Beatles
Being baby boomers me and Lynda did a lot of reminiscing about our teenage years
                     in the sixties while walking around Beatles Story

                            Eva-not in Abby Road, but in the Beatles museum Liverpool

                                             These can be seen all around Liverpool
                      We were told by a taxi driver that this is the spot where St Patrick preached

               Lynda, Lynne and Erin, having a  meal with Eva at the Premier  Inn, before 
                                                                    heading home 

                                                                      June 10th
                                                     Leave for Scotland to stay with Lyn


                                                                       June 11th
                                                             Loch Lomond-Scotland


  Eva and Lyn by Loch Lomond
Loch Laomainn) is a freshwater Scottish loch, lying on the Highland Boundary Fault. It is
the largest loch/lake in Great Britain, by surface area, and contains many islands,
Inchmurrin, the largest fresh water island in the British Isles

                                                       Sandra and Lyn by Loch Lomond

Eva and Lyn, on the shore of  Loch Lomond

    Eva. by a monkey puzzle tree -the bottom braches had fallen off
and we thought the
scares looked like faces

      Squirrel by the shores of
Loch Lomond wanting something to eat
We didnt have anything but by the look of him he wasnt going to starve


June 12th

Sandra, Lyn, Claire and Rona

Eva outside her favourite shop on the street of a very wet Royal Mile

Eva, wondering what is under a Scotsman Kilt



Botanical Gardens-Glasgow
Aycee ,Sandra, Miriam, Lyn and Nancy

 Lost in the Jungle

Lyn and Nancy, in the catus house
A reminder of our love of westerns


 June 14th
Back to Maggie


                                     Pebbles                                         Adam watching over us
                                                                     15th June

  Walsall Walsall Leather Museu

We couldnt persuade Maggie to go for a ride

16th June
Returned to East Grinstaed


East Grinstead
17h June

The High Street contains one of the longest continuous runs of 14th-century
timber-framed buildings in England. Other notable buildings in the town
Sackville College, the sandstone almshouse built in 1609 where the
Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas" was written by John Mason Neale

         My brothers fishing shop in East Grinstead
       14th-century building

          East Grinstead
Sackville College -Good King Wenceslas" was written by John Mason Neale here


             June 17th
            Penshusrt -Kent

Penshurst Place is a mansion built in 1341 and is the ancestral home of
the Sidney family. The house and gardens are open to public viewing. The
banqueting hall at Penshurst Place has been used as a filming location for
the Hollywood films
The Other Boleyn Girl and The Princess Bride and many

Eva and David in Penshurst Village


18th JUNE
Bodiam Castle-East Sussex


Eva crossing the drawbridge
Bodiam Castle is a 14th-century
moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex,
England. It was built in 1385 by Sir
Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III,
with the permission of
Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion
during the
Hundred Years War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having
its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners
and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details
and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important
aspect ofthe castles design as well as defence. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge
family and the centre of the
manor of Bodiam.

Eva loved the Castle

David and Sandra at the top of one of the castle towers
I think Eva and Pat got me over my fear of heights after persuading me
to go up the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth

 I took this photo of Eva from one of the castle towers,while she was taking a photo of
us at the top

My fisrt scary step down the tower stairway
If you didnt like bats this was also not the place to be, as the were living in the
tower room -the of smell of them was bad

Eva took a photo of the castle from ever possible angle

David and Sandra  standing by the castle moat


This view from the castle  shows the vine yards and oast houses in the background


June 19th

Sussex by the Sea

Eastbourne Pier
Eastbourne lies at the eastern end of the South Downs alongside the famous
Beachy Head cliff. The sheltered position of the main town behind the cliff contributes
to Eastbournes title of sunniest place in Great Britain

                                          Eva by the gardens along Eastbourns front

Eating chips on the pier

Ea with her chips

Belle Toute Lighthouse -Beachy Head
The cliffs at Beachy Head are crumbing fast and in spring 1999 the owner saved the
structure from tumbling into the sea by moving it back from the cliff-edge

Beachy Head is a
chalk headland on the south coast of England, close to the town
Eastbourne in the county of East Sussex, immediately east of the Seven Sisters. The
cliff there is the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain

Eva enjoying a beer in an Alfriston pub on the way home from Eastbourne

On the way home from Eastbourne we came upon this  little Village of ...where
they were holding a flower festival


                                                                        June 20th                                                   
David saying goodbye to Eva

                                                              Eva leaves for home