12 weeks, 4 days and 14 hours … but who’s counting?

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My trip to the UK is booked; three weeks in September – sandwiched between the big T’s work travel and the boy-child’s exams. Eighteen days to visit all the archives, libraries, churchyards, ancestors’ houses, etc that I can squeeze in. Plus a visit to the National War Musuem in Edinburgh to see the Arctic Convoys exhibition, another to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, the Tate Modern, a couple of trips to the theatre … oh and a chance to see my Mum, brothers, cousins and friends.

Not sure if I can achieve all of this, but I’m taking a leaf out of my friend Alix’s book and PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING.

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28 thoughts on “12 weeks, 4 days and 14 hours … but who’s counting?

  1. Yay!! So glad you’re going. When you have such a short time it’s best to plan to make the most of every moment. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks. It’s seven years since I was back and the last trip was for my brother’s wedding – so three weeks of visiting relatives and trying to find the right dress and shoes ( πŸ™‚ ) and sight-seeing based around what we thought our seven year old would enjoy.

    • Thanks for that. I’m descended from generations of miners (Fifers though). Since I did some archives papers at university recently, I’ve become a much greater fan of museums. But very excited about visiting sculpture park; first time since about 1997!!!!

    • I hope so. Last time I was in England – June-July 2006 – the weather was gorgeous. Not at all what I remember of 10 years living there.

    • Absolutely! I’m so hoping to smash a few brick walls and to collect some family photos so I don’t have to keep re-hashing the same ones all the time.
      Thanks for your wishes; I’m feeling so connected to my blogging whanau* today.

      *whanau is a Maori word that I love. It means family, but not merely or necessarily in a biological sense. It’s about the communities of care that we build, and I feel very connected to this community as we share the sometimes painful stories of our families’ past.

  2. July 2006 was the last time it was nice here!

    I keep meaning to make the reverse trip you are as I have an Aunt in Auckland (but mainly use it as an excuse to do all the LotR stuff).

    • πŸ™‚ Exchange rate is working in my favour at the moment – but I guess that will change. I must be the only person in the world who’s not a LoTR fan. I think it’s because hobbits remind me too much of past work colleagues.

  3. You must be sooo excited! I am planning my trip back with two friends and it is not until 2015! I have been looking at all the different genealogy sites that have special things on around then

    I hope you will be able to fill in some of the gaps. How long since you have been?

    • Thank you; I getting more excited by the day. It’s seven years since I was back in the UK and that trip was with my partner and son for a family wedding – not much “me” time there. I hope you and your friends have a great trip too.

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