Heaven in England – Part 7 (last of the holiday posts)

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Note: I am barely able to get in my final post of the trip to England before leaving for Rochester but here it is!

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A lovely view from Tricia’s window. The day after the Paris trip, we spent a delightful morning at home. ❤

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We had time to play dolls! 🙂

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I was up pretty early that morning and the light was dim for photos.  It was so nice to have some leisure time.  Finn looks very tired but Janet, the brunette NP purchased at the SCW, and sweet Mary, a Sasha course doll, were both very perky and ready to play. 🙂

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We went that afternoon to visit the fabulous Great Foster’s for afternoon tea. It is located on Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey. So very, very nice! ❤

http://www.greatfosters.co.uk/gifts/afternoon-tea/

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I did not take photos of the delicious sandwiches and sweet treats and the fabulous tea that Tricia and I enjoyed but I did take photos of the beautiful grounds surrounding the area. ❤

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So very beautiful. 🙂

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Very peaceful and it is a serene experience to walk in the garden area and observe all of the beauty.  A wonderful exercise to do after eating so very well. ❤

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I understand the Charlie Chaplain once lived in this magnificent estate.

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Lovely gardens. ❤

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These sculptures seem to say “quack quack” to me! 😉

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On Wednesday, May 18th, we took a train into London.  We were meeting Ann Chandler later that day and so we decided to go early and shop!  We went to several stores to include Liberty of London! 🙂

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A very grand store.  I loved everything in it. ❤

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Tricia and I enjoyed tea and a cheese board. 🙂

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Beautiful architecture. 🙂

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Later that day, at the train station, while waiting on Ann to arrive, Tricia and I observed Platform 9 3/4 that is well known in the Harry Potter books.  It was fun to watch the children have their photos taken. 🙂

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A great time!  After Ann arrived, we return to Tricia’s house and had a wonderful home cooked dinner.  Tricia is an excellent cook!

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The flight leaving Heathrow Airport, and flying to the States, left very early the next morning on May 19th.  I was sad to leave my friends and sad to leave the beautiful country of England.  I loved my time spent there and will always treasure it in my heart.

For those of you that have followed the blog, you know that this was my first trip to England and that I had the very best of times during my time in your beautiful country.  Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments and it was so wonderful to finally meet many of you in person during this time.  You made it a perfect holiday. ❤

imageI flew from London to Boston and flew on to Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus is a 3 hour drive from my house.  On my return drive, I crossed the Ohio River and noticed a tow boat pushing a few loaded coal barges upstream.  A nice, and normal welcome home view. 🙂

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The very best welcome home view ever was seeing my dear husband, Rick, waiting at the end of the driveway when I arrived.  I am very blessed. ❤ xxx

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I want to add this photo of Finn and Gertie admiring their souvenir that I brought back from Paris….an Eiffel Tower key chain!!!  I absolutely love Finn’s France shirt and Gertie’s Eiffel Tower dress made by the very talented Sharon Humphreys.  Thank you again Sharon! ❤

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Lastly, this is one of my favorite memories of England and commuting through many train stations during my stay.  I absolutely love this phrase “Mind the gap”.  A delightful warning and what a perfect way to remind people to be careful. ❤