Finally, back home and ready to meet with 6 new brides this week as the jet lag is wearing off.

Our flight home was supposed to be a direct 12 hour flight from Heathrow to San Francisco and then a smooth transfer of luggage to the final flight to our home. Landing in SFO we were shocked to discover that because of the total eclipse frenzy up north, there were no planes on the West Coast to fly us the final leg of the journey…so we sat…for another 10 hours.As we sat we listening to the litany of other flights being permanently cancelled due to delays and missing planes all the way up the coast from Seattle to Anchorage, we figured…we would have the same fate…cancelled flight, sleeping in the airport. But at 11:30 pm a plane was found, and over 100 of us boarded, relieved to be heading home. At 12:30 the plane landed but for some strange reason none of the luggage was on the single carousel. In the confusion at SFO, somehow our luggage, along with all the other tired and disgusted passengers was locked in a secure room, as it had arrived before us (ghost plane?) By 1:30 am, the single baggage handler was found with the only key and the luggage was released. By 2 am, we were home and safe.

But before all that, we did visit every relative and visited many venues in the north of England and the length of Wales as the photos from last week showed.

Chester Zoo  

Some of the 14 members of the family joined forces with picnic lunches. Seven grandchildren aged 17 to 2 all partnered up so no one got lost in the chaos with hoards of other children out of school on summer break. The sun came out for the photo.

The grandchildren were mesmerized with a demo of elephant teeth. Some felt the need to pose on the elephant statue:



Nantclwyd y Dre

A very old restored house in Ruthin, Wales, at one time had been a girls’ school teaching needlework.


Martin Mere

A wetland sanctuary for birds and migrating fowl…it rained so hard that day that very few birds wanted to greet us. The oldest granddaughters pose in front of white flamingos.



Rufford Old Hall


After touring this ancient mansion we all had to stop in the back patio for an afternoon treat. Mr Mole shared his Scone with me….my first taste of one!


Llandudno, Conwy Castle

Quite the tourist attractions with bouncy castles near the real castle make for a busy afternoon.



We went to find the original 1800’s cottage that Mr Mole’s great uncle lived in when he was an undertaker for the town. Everything is made from slate and the original hearth is preserved in the parlor.


We went looking in an abandoned church/graveyard for other relatives who worked in the slate quarry 100 years ago. Trees have grown up through so many graves but here are 3 of the family buried together. Mr Mole is standing next to the only remaining wall of the slate structure. It rained so hard that our shoes were sinking into the mud while wandering through this maze of graves.



Spent a day at these massive gardens while the two youngest granddaughters managed to find every mud puddle and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.




Such a lovely view of the Atlantic Ocean filled with surfers and holiday makers. Even lovelier view at lunch with Mr Mole having his favorite fish and chips and mushy peas.



St Austell Bay

The B&B we stayed at was way up this narrow road and it required two 90 degree turns up a 60 degree slope to park the car. The house below the B&B was packed with flowers front and back. The view from our window of the sea:


The view from the shore of the village with the pub and a huge white tent ready for the evening festival.


Eden Project

A special undertaking started back in 2000 using an abandoned clay pit to make domes that inside replicate rain forests around the world and a desert habitat.


Truro  Yes, that same Truro from the Poldark TV series in Cornwall

The highlight of the visit was the Cathedral and one exhibit was an altar cloth with the Lamb of God. On closer inspection, you can see his fur was thousands of French knots.




A Royal Navy ship is anchored in this busy harbor while we find a quiet beach to have a Shandy in Cornwall.

Kensall Green

Before flying home we make our last visit to find another grave. This time it was from the 1800’s in a massive cemetery that has over 70,000 graves but some can hold up to 4 people so it is a mystery as to how many folks are there. We were able to find the name on a huge ancient map and the graves have cement/granite corner markers in the ground with numbers to locate the exact spot. Even though there was no headstone, the groundskeeper used a weed whacker/strimmer to uncover the location. James, the jeweler from Soho Square, has finally been found.

The next morning, we departed from the Queen’s Terminal 2 at Heathrow for home after 21 days of living out of a suitcase with a rental car that had logged in over 1600 miles.

Once home and all the damp smelly clothes were unpacked, I was able to reveal the present that Kim gave to me during our lunch meeting. The fabric is knit and ready for the next Jungle January challenge and the dish is Royal Worcester for making quiches.

The brides are stacking up so I will leave you to get back to the world of white tulle!

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30 Responses to Tripping

  1. What a lovely trip. Thank you for sharing!

  2. ceci says:

    I’m not sure what I expected mushy peas to look like but…, very green. And the grandchildren, lovely curls! And the red garden…..well, everything. Wonderful pictures of what must have been a wonderful trip – and you all obviously have great stamina!


    • mrsmole says:

      Those mushy peas were almost florescent! Most of the time I was on painkillers as my dodgy knee was suffering going up and down uneven pathways and stairs…can’t do stairs very well up or down these days. All the gardens were lush and damp and awe-inspiring!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your holiday photos! Your trip looked absolutely fabulous.

    • mrsmole says:

      We covered lots of ground and took so many photos but stuck to the tight schedule. If we had it to do over, we’d do things a bit more relaxed…that is for sure!

  4. jay says:

    What a trip! It looks like the children had a great time at Chester zoo – I remember my own enjoying their day there years ago. So many lovely memories for you to mull over when the tulle gets overwhelming.

    • mrsmole says:

      It is a huge place and the reason we wanted to visit so badly was because of the TV show about behind the scenes at Chester Zoo. In a funny way, it has been better seeing the TV series and the animals up close than seeing them in person.But the sun came out just for our picnic photo…the later photos were of all of us wearing raincoats and bin bags.

  5. Kathyh says:

    Thank you for sharing your trip. England is my next trip after japan ( next spring). Although many relatives came from england, wales and scotland, it’s been hundreds of years so I don’t feel the call of old cemetaries. I plan to visit with my online sewists I have ‘met’ while blogging. Too bad about coming home on eclipse day. It was amazing to view if you didn’t have to drive anywhere.

    • mrsmole says:

      You can search birth and death registries before you go to see if anyone pops up in the family line. Mr Mole has been researching for a long time and knows where most of them are buried back 4 generations so it was a joy to find their names on the headstones and to speak their name to bring them back…in a way.

  6. Kathy says:

    Wonderful stories and building wonderful memories. Family is so special and am so happy you got to go visiting !!

    • mrsmole says:

      It only took 15 years for me to return to where I married Mr Mole and lived for 8 years. So much had changed and yet nothing had changed if you know what I mean. More cars, more people but the villages stay the same…just a few more coffee shops that were not there back then.

  7. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says:

    beautiful photos and what a great trip, thanks for sharing.

  8. Irene Stonecipher says:

    Love these pictures…and you tutu😁

  9. Judy says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful family vacation. What a delight to see so much so easily!

  10. Sandi Benfield says:

    From all of the photos, looks like you had a wonderful time in Merry ol’ England. So glad you made it home safely after that very long lay-over!

  11. erniek3 says:

    I like to think the brides are in a holding pattern, flying around and around above your workspace. But not inside.

  12. What a fabulous holiday! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! It seemed as if the ceiling of the sewing school was a bit low – was that my imagination? or perhaps everyone was a bit shorter back then?

  13. I thouroughly enjoyed this post. Wonderful pics but that one of Falmouth with those fields is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing your fabulous holiday!

  14. Kim says:

    It was wonderful to be able to spend time with you on such a packed trip. I’m sure you are glad to be home now – despite the bridal queue!

    • mrsmole says:

      I had to laugh, Kim, you were dressed so smartly and I was dressed to wash the dog. My wardrobe for 21 days was 3 pair of black ponte pants and 5 tops to keep the suitcase light. But you have your own queue of drooling customers too about now. My one regret was not being able to visit a fabric store in all that time and Mr. Mole promised me a Cornish pasty which never materialized…ha ha

  15. Mara says:

    I am so sorry I missed you – been enjoying your blog for many months and didn’t realise you were inches away from me in Truro! You would have had a pasty on me, or better yet a cream tea just up the road from the Old Ale House, where I go for open mic nights! Made me jump when I saw your pic of it! Glad you enjoyed the trip – hope you come back soon for a more relaxed visit.

    • mrsmole says:

      I’ll bet you really jumped off your seat to see your local pub in the photo!!!! We had the nicest time in Truro wandering around and even had a couple coffees at the Tesco branch of Costa. Visiting for a second time would certainly be way more relaxed!!!

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