Well the final part of the awesome trip away.....goodbye again Edinburgh....
Caught the airport bus to the airport
Saying goodbye to the castles and statues and churches along the way
at the airport we bought Woody his own little set of bagpipes, which actually play Auld Lang Syne
The title of the Scottish tune translates to "times gone by" and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten. Despite its strong association with New Year's Eve, "Auld Lang Syne," written by Robert Burns in the 1700s, was never intended to be a holiday song.
Off in the plane we flew
to be greated by Paul's Uncle Gordon ☺☺ in his lovely car.....you may remember they had not seen each other in 46yrs and was a post about the family at the start of my return blogging....
We past Stonehenge and got back quite late, but enjoyed a great meal in a pub with lots of dogs enjoying a fire ☺☺
We went and booked a steam train for another day......there it goes
He drove us down an interesting road, quite narrow down to check out the sea
looking wild and crazy lol
He then drove us to a village called Cockington
and lots of Thatch roof...and this is the pub we ate at the night before, called The Drum Inn
Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge (Cladium mariscus), rushes, or heather, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof. It is a very old roofing method and has been used in both tropical and temperate climates
such a quaint village
Hello Uncle Gordon xoxo
Massive water wheel which they are hoping to fully restore
Cockington country park and Cockington court
Cockington Church is a beautiful old church that was originally built in the 1800's.
as you can see plenty of decorations for harvest
very ornate inside
Got to love the stained glass windows, we have seen so many and always impressed
lovely place to take a walk and many were
Oh look.....not spelt like Midsommer, but I can dream lol
We even took the local train one afternoon to Exeter
we were seeing plenty of these painted Rhinos
Paignton Zoo’s Great Big Rhino Project brings a world-class mass public art event to the streets, parks and open spaces of the English Riviera and Exeter. For 10 weeks from 30th July, life-size rhino sculptures will inhabit the streets, showcasing the wealth of artistic talent in the area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild rhino
Selfie with a Rhino
Exeter Cathedral, one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere.
For over 900 years, through worship, memorials and music, Exeter Cathedral has told stories of conquest and revolution, and of deep devotion, prayer and service. We look forward to welcoming you as you take your place within that story
and today it was closed to the public as they held some sort of graduation day......
still loved the outside
there we are again lol
and another rhino
Woody enjoying those bagpipes
and relaxing in the lounge at night at Uncle Gordons ♥
another rhino and Woody could not help but take a ride
A mini rhino
Up on top in the double decker bus we had a day out
which involved a river cruise and steam train too.....bus from Paignton to Totnes
Cruising the rive Dart on this boat from Totnes
Woody and Uncle Gordon were both set.....
Even waving lol
Oh how cute, Paul and Woody lol
luckily the rain was holding off but it was a bit chilly
others sailing by
The house of Agatha Christie....
we ended down inside as it was a lot warmer lol
Arriving in Dartmouth
The steep hills sheltering this pretty town's historic harbour are decked with pastel coloured homes, running down to the town centre, characterised by ancient narrow streets and medieval buildings
was a bit like being back in Europe
Or even Austria
Steam train....toot toot
St Saviour's Church, Dartmouth, Devon.
long long streets and plenty of hills
we had a walk around a market area
after some lunch we caught the passenger ferry across to here
oh look another rhino
and here she comes.....
going to take us back Paignton
we got sit in the front carriage which had a large glass window
and along came the engine to hook up
click and Woody very happy with this......
Selfie of us adults ready for steam
It really was great and strange having the engine right in front of us backwards
great day out
Oh a pink Rhino this time which was near the Paignton pier
Woody rode in a fun car
and on a mini merry go round lol
and the sea looking as wild as ever
inside the amusement area
Oh and gorilla this time, very colourful ☺☺
I was quite taken with these interesting lagers, funny name
and with a badger on it
our shadows on our last day in Torquay while we had a long walk around town
It was a beautiful day
looking back up to where Uncle Gordons place is ☺
along the waterside
hoping to see seals out there or something
Large ferris wheel down in town
and we could have climbed these stairs but I thought not lol
another great steeple
cute lady bug rhino
and this one which had the whole "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" song all over it lol
more stairs I avoided lol
we had a nice lunch here
and visited here which is called
Kents Cavern, prehistoric cave, home of ancient humans, award winning visitor attraction in Torquay - with tours, shop, cafe and visitor centre
but camera did not behave well...........
Ok this is the end of our trip away to Europe, UK, Scotland.......hope you all enjoyed and will be back ........xoxoxoxoxo........