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We ended our time in Newquay with a few cloudy, chilly days.  It gave us the perfect opportunity to get a bit of work done and some travel booked.  We’ve got some exciting stuff coming up – stay tuned!

Man eating a Cornish pasty, Newquay, Cornwall UK

Terry’s first taste of a Cornish pasty.


Mid-week it was time to move on with a short visit to a house sit we’ve booked for September.  It looks like we’ll be spending a couple of weeks in a lovely house by the beach with some cute cats!



By late night we finally arrived in Southampton train station to spend a few days with one of my best friends from high school!

They live just outside of Southampton in the New Forest so it’s the perfect place to go for a walk and find a few of the famous New Forest ponies and donkeys.  We parked in Beaulieu and walked to Buckler’s Hard where there is a lovely pub overlooking the river.

Man petting a wild donkey in the New Forest, UK

Some friendly donkeys on the high street!


We also visited Lepe Beach for some evening soccer and rock-skipping.

Man and boy paddling in Lepe Beach at sunset, England.


Hythe is a lovely village with a historic pier.  Our timing was perfect for the ‘Rock the Pier’ festival.  With live music, homemade cakes and some prizes to be won, it made for a fun afternoon.

Man trying to splat a rat through a drainpipe at a fairground game in England.

Terry discovered a classic British fair game on Hythe Pier.


Vanessa’s boyfriend, Mark, is manager at a local restaurant/bar in Southampton called The Dancing Man Brewery.  It’s in a large historic building and has its own microbrewery.  He gave us a tour and then we got to taste a number of their beers.  It’s definitely a funs spot to spend an evening.

Dancing Man Brewery, Southampton pub, UK



All in all, we had a great relaxing visit with even better friends.  Now we’re packing up to spend a long day on a coach to Yorkshire!



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I'm Claire, a teacher who loves to travel! Together with my husband, we have a combined 40 years of teaching experience and 5 years living and travelling overseas! We're here to help with teaching tips and resources focused on Language Arts, Math and Assessment AND share our best travel ideas with useful itineraries and destination information. Do you teach, travel or both?


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