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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2017, 17:11 
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I've been meaning to post all week to say we arrived home from holiday last weekend after a fabulous two weeks in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island during which I managed to tick off my bucket list 'visit Green Gables'. Well worth it (and I owe SLOC big time for dragging him all over several LMM sites that day!). Both provinces are gorgeous - PEI every bit as beautiful as LMM depicted.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 22 Sep 2017, 21:26 
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I went to P E Island some years ago, it's beautiful indeed. I went to an LMM conference which included a tour of all the AOGG sites, which was a wonderful experience!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 27 Sep 2017, 13:58 
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Tickets went on pre-sale this morning for my favourite band's farewell concert.

I was in court with work so my husband had to lurk online to buy them - the site kept crashing due to sheer numbers, but he got them eventually. I'm off to Stirling next summer for a really, really big ceilidh!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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White Queen and I enjoyed Italy :) it seems so long ago now though!

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 30 Sep 2017, 06:56 
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Oh I would love to go to PEI. I'm so glad it lived up to expectations as well. I've always half wondered if it would.

Congrats on the tickets as well, these things always seem to go on sale when I'm at work too.

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 01 Oct 2017, 18:53 
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I keep going to post the griping stuff but then reflecting on the good stuff (yay!) - had some awful times in the last week but just had an awesome 48 hours in Lisbon and have got great friends :)


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Glad you had a brilliant couple of days roversgirl! :D


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 22 Oct 2017, 15:21 
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Has no one been happy since the last post 20 days ago? Or have you all been so happy that you haven't had time to post?

I'll reanimate this: I had a sunny day out in Amsterdam yesterday, meeting up with an ex-colleague and friend from England. On the train on the journey there and back I managed to read my next book group choice.


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I've finally got round to doing the guided tour of Manchester Town Hall - having lived here all my life and never been round the areas that aren't open to the general public before! - today, before it closes for refurbishment. I get over-excited over anything to do with Victorian Manchester and the cotton industry, so the guide probably thought I was very weird, but I had a lovely time :D .

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 22 Oct 2017, 17:07 
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I had a nice day in Bath yesterday - a friend and I went to a Book Fair.Didn't spend very much though was tempted by some nice gaily jacketed EBD and EJO. I do have copies of them and I decided a kong time ago I'be content with what I have and not splurge on early/first editions.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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I too am happy. I have just completed part two of the four-part drive back to the UK, arriving safely at the home of my oldest friend, near Bonn.

I spent last night in a hotel on the autobahn between Nürnberg and Wurzburg, which boasts an indoor pool, two saunas, a steambath and an aroma bath, plus the best breakfast buffet I have ever met. All this, coupled with a truckers' restaurant famed throughout Germany, makes for an excellent stopover.

Tomorrow, Ryanair permitting, my daughter flies in from the UK, and my goddaughter from Berlin, and we will all be reunited for a four day break before daughter and I move on to other very old friends in Holland. Back in the UK on Monday 30th, if all goes according to plan.

I am hoping for no more Brians or Ophelias. The Hook-Harwich crossing is long enough as it is....

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Well, amidst all the ongoing mess, I have booked my tickets for a uni alumni event in January and I'm getting to see Abbey!! :) Happiness abounds...


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Just booked a few days in Innsbruck at the start of December.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2017, 21:12 
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I'm just back from my weekly Pilates, feeling all limber, supple and free from back pain!


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2017, 22:06 
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My sister took me to the zoo yesterday and it was amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
PostPosted: 03 Nov 2017, 16:55 
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Abbey wrote:
My sister took me to the zoo yesterday and it was amazing!


Was that Flamingoland (maybe known by a different name these days!)? I remember visiting that many years ago when I was a child. The visit that sticks in my memory is the one we had on the first Saturday in April in 1963, after the long, hard winter. We had been meant to go a couple of weeks earlier, but the trip was cancelled because of the amount of snow still lying around. By the beginning of April, there was still snow on the ground, but it was considered safe.

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I've never actually been to Flamingoland (it always has an alarmingly theme-parkish sound to it :lol: ). It was the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It's pretty new (less than a decade, anyway) but really good! Except for the very start where they play music but luckily not everywhere because I do not have the spoons for that. But yes! They seem to specialise in mammals and they've got polar bears and lions and tigers and all sorts of awesome things and they're all in really nice enclosures and also it's really accessible for disabled people so hurrah!

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We went to Flamingoland in the 1980s. Before that there was Lambton Lion Park but I think that closed in the 1970s. I don't remember going, but my mum has a photo of me in a LLP t-shirt so I must have been at some point.


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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Abbey wrote:
I've never actually been to Flamingoland (it always has an alarmingly theme-parkish sound to it :lol: ). It was the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. It's pretty new (less than a decade, anyway) but really good! Except for the very start where they play music but luckily not everywhere because I do not have the spoons for that. But yes! They seem to specialise in mammals and they've got polar bears and lions and tigers and all sorts of awesome things and they're all in really nice enclosures and also it's really accessible for disabled people so hurrah!


Flamingo land is still alive and kicking apparently. It's still a mixture of theme park and zoo. (Presumably the rides have been updated and the animals have changed, since only a giant tortoise could have lived that long!) Like most zoos/wildlife parks these days, the emphasis seems to be on protecting endangered species.

I actually think it's good that it's stayed as a combined theme park and zoo. I also remember Belle Vue in Manchester, which was similar but closed in 1987.

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 Post subject: Re: All-new happiness thread
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Flamingo Land has been there for years and years. It was there when we first went camping in Yorkshire, at the Wayside Caravan and camping park in Wrelton, a few miles from Pickering.

Alas. the Wayside park no longer allows camping, just caravans. It was a great, well-equipped place, with a small laundry, including an iron and ironing board, lovely hot showers, places where you could do your washing- up, and lots of room for the children to play.

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