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Hamster Dancin' Around the World

 
 
margo
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 09:21 am
@margo,
Penny and I have just joined Izzie, Barry the Mod and Fredster for a show this evening. Izzie's mate FlavourQueen is coming as well!
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 09:29 am
@margo,
Hey!!!!

How are YOUR travels going.....where's the freaking thread?
Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 11:31 pm
@Barry The Mod,
Seen some pics of Penny straight off margo's camera Very Happy .
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Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Wed 6 Oct, 2010 12:21 am
Wishing Margo blue skys as she and Penny depart London Heathrow later this evening for Oz.
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margo
 
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 12:11 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

Hey!!!!

How are YOUR travels going.....where's the freaking thread?

There ain't no freaking fread.
I'm home. Blue skies after almost 3 weeks of just about unrelenting rain.

How d'ya reckon it went?

I've heard of England's green and pleasant land - I can only vouch for green!

Over 700 photos (all in shades of grey) downloaded but not yet sorted.

Met some great people though - fortunately they didn't know me before, so they were nice to me.............
Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Sat 9 Oct, 2010 03:46 am
@margo,
margo wrote:

dlowan wrote:

Hey!!!!

How are YOUR travels going.....where's the freaking thread?
Met some great people though - fortunately they didn't know me before, so they were nice to me.............


We wern't nice to you,we loved you! Now buckle down and get them pics posted girl!
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PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 02:46 am
Well, Here I am on the next part of my travels....England and Scotland with margo:

I was already in Scotland - Barry sent me to margo's friend Moira in Largs, on the west coast. Margo was over a day late in arriving, and then her luggage didn't arrive, but there wasn't much we could do but hang around in the rain. Sad

When her raincoat finally arrived, we went on a ferry from Largs to Cumbrae Island, just across the Firth of Clyde:
http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/3349/20478170.jpg

Because it was such a dreary day, we adjourned to a pub on the waterfront, where we each had a cider:
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/6900/58066206.jpg

Cumbrae is quite close to Arran Island, so we plan to go there next time - it apparently needs more than a day.

We came back and had dinner at the famous Nardinis, fish and chips, but forgot the camera.
PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 02:54 am
today we collected a car and drove from Largs to Fort William, via the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond:
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/6845/72644204.jpg
This is the road to the Highlands, and a lot of it looked like this:
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8755/80079613.jpg
The scenery was lovely but the drive on narrow winding roads, in rain, was a bit tiring. I was very glad to get to our B&B for the next 3 days, Invernevis B&B at Fort William, right opposite Loch Linnhe. It was still raining, of course, so I settled down for a nap:
http://img816.imageshack.us/img816/9692/55629182.jpg


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PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 03:00 am
The next day we went out exploring. We saw some funny sheep with curly horns and lots of lochs (apparently Scottish for lake) and mountains and stuff.

Then we went to Loch Ness. I was ready with my whistle but there was no sign of the Monster
http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/8958/28867915.jpg
http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/5109/39509290.jpg

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PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 03:06 am
On Wednesday, we went from Fort William to Mallaig on the Jacobite Train, a steam train that has featured in some of the Harry Potter movies. Here I am at Mallaig (yes, it was raining!):
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/3497/75973141.jpg

and, on the way back to Fort William:
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/7774/70333010.jpg
PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 03:26 am
On Thursday, we were driving back to Largs, but margo wanted to have a look at the Caledonian Canal. Small ships can go right through the highlands using a series of locks. This shot is taken at Neptune's Steps, a series of 7 locks near Fort William:
http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/2742/41169644.jpg

We got back to Largs, stayed at a different B&B, took back the car, and went to margo's friends' place for dinner.
Terence's Scottish seafood chowder:
http://img804.imageshack.us/img804/7039/85619683.jpg

followed by Moira's mixed berry dessert:
http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/3517/64349269.jpg

That's all for now - Possum has just thrown up on the carpet.

More to come.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 04:57 am
@PennyAroundTheWorld,
Hey! We went on the Jacobite express too!

We didn't see no hamsters or margos though.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 05:01 am
@margo,
Awwwwwww....sorry to hear that.we sure got some rain....my so called raincoat distinguished only by its ability to channel rain directly to my tenderest bits...but mainly it was fine
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PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 06:02 am
As we left Largs, the sun was shining, but, by the time we reached Glasgow Airport, it was overcast, and when we arrived at Heathrow it was raining. Surprise!
From Heathrow, we got a cab to margo's friends' place nearby (and margo's luggage broke!)
There I met Sarah, Ned, Thomas and Colin the cat.
Sarah was preparing some pita breads for the BBQ - she apparently makes all her own bread Surprised :
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/4148/51015854.jpg
I helped Ned with the BBQ:
http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/8682/13105742.jpg

Then I helped eat the koftas (that's what Ned called them; they looked like funny shaped meatballs to me!)
http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/4739/47953082.jpg

I met Thomas:
http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/832/76272452.jpg

and his good friend, Bun:
http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2365/54749542.jpg

The next day we went for a walk in Windsor Great Park, which is not far from their house, and saw Windsor Castle in the distance and collected some blackberries. margo's pix of this aren't too good! (and it was starting to rain)

We came back to a pub just outside the park for a Sunday roast:
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/3539/22186514.jpg

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PennyAroundTheWorld
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 06:10 am
The next day, we caught a train to Bath. We stayed in a pretty crummy hotel this time, and spent most of the time outdoors, despite the intermittent rain. We went on a bus tour of Bath, and saw the Circus, and the Abbey, and lots of other old places. Then we got off and went into the Roman Baths (where you can't have a bath - you must have to be a Roman?)
http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/8178/96349713.jpg
There's lot's of statues of old dead geezers around the Baths. Here I am, trying to look up Hadrian's kilt (or dress, or whatever!)
http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/3264/45900701.jpg

a lot of my view looked like this: (margo says it's an Aussie umbrella!)
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/3923/76289176.jpg

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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 07:00 am
@PennyAroundTheWorld,
Oh Penny! what a lot of rain!

I hope they had a good towel ready for you after those adventures.

The Caledonian Canal sure must have reminded you of your time in Eastern Ontario.

Great album!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 07:09 am
These are fantastic!

I love the nap picture. She really looks tuckered out.

Is there a story behind the whistle?

(To margo, I did get your PM but was busy at the time, will respond now.)
Barry The Mod
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 04:24 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:
Is there a story behind the whistle?

The Penster got her whistle when I took her to The Notting Hill Carnival a few weeks back.
Enjoying seeing Penny's new pics Very Happy .
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 06:46 pm
Just showed these to sozlet -- Loch Lomond and the train got the biggest responses (which were both BIG responses!!!) She's read a book that featured a character (Laura Ingalls Wilder's great-grandmother, when she was a girl) who lived one Loch over. She recognized the name.

And she just finished the last Harry Potter book and is currently totally obsessed with all things HP, so the train got much wide-eyed exclamation ("SA-WEET!!!")
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margo
 
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Reply Sun 10 Oct, 2010 08:12 pm
There are quite a few more photos. The ones for here are resized and ready to be uploaded.
More when I get home tonight - unless Penny has turned the lapdog on and starts posting them herself!

Glad Barry chimed in about the whistle!
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