August 31, 2008 - Nice Hug!

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

August 30, 2008 - Center Island

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Finnlee wants to pee.

Good morning, Bryn!

Picnic

Kids

Airshow Planes


Running Amok!


Centreville


"Have you every been to see, Billy? Well sometimes the waves get so high..."


Antique Car


Splash!


Train Ride

Ice Cream

Toronto, as seen from the Toronto Islands

Here's a panorama version (also available in its original size):

The trip home


August 27, 2008 - Joe's Gardens

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

August 26, 2008 - Our Gardens

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

The Crazy Bunch!

Dad...

Brynioch...

Finnlee...

Jamfi...



August 21, 2008 - UK (Day 14 of 14) - Another Day at the Marina

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

During our time in the U.K. there was often cold wind and rain. Fortunately, we were usually under cover (in this case in a doubledecker bus).



Bouncing Brothers

Bumper Bikes

This was a very cool Moroccan restaurant called Karma. We were astonished at the fine detail and couldn't stop taking pictures.

This is Finnlee holding still, so we can enjoy our meal. (Yes, that's a facetious remark.)


In the meantime, Bryn was an eating machine.

More Amusements

This is the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. It was the summer palace of King George IV. He began building it while merely a prince (in his early 20s), and continued building and remodelling it throughout his life. He died at the age of 68, or thereabouts. The outside is done in an Indian style, while the interior is a Chinoise phantasmagoria.

Waiting for the Bus

St. Peters Church


Bubbles!!!!!


August 20, 2008 - UK (Day 13 of 14) - Drusilla's

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Instead of going to London as we had originally planned, we decided that it wouldn't be much fun for the boys. Instead, we went to a place call Drucilla's Park, which has a small zoo and three amazing playgrounds.

To get to Drucilla's, we had to travel through a very old town (at least 1000 yrs) called Lewes. We've visited it on prior trips, but this time we were just passing through.

This was the most amazing grocery store cum cafe that we've ever seen. It's a combination of the Movenpick Marches and Pusateri's.

Primates and more...

Time to Play

Riding Thomas the Train

On the Bus back to Lewes

Waiting for the Train to Falmer Station (East Sussex University), which is very close to where we stayed while in the U.K.


August 19, 2008 - UK (Day 12 of 14) - On the Level

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

"The Level" is an area in Brighton. There's a big park, with playgrounds, a skateboard park, a wading pool, etc.

Daren... This is your life!


August 18, 2008 - UK (Day 11 of 14) - Splitting Up

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Today was our "Day Off". Val and her neighbor Chris offered to take the boys, while we explorered Brighton. The first batch of pictures document our journey, while the second batch is from Val's camera with the boys.

Mushrooms

This is looking north at the Royal Pavilion. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, unfortunately.

After touring the Pavilion, we wandered through "The Lanes". This was a very cool cake shop called choccywoccydoodah.

This statue was in front of a hotel on Regency Square.


There's the regular "Lanes", then there's the "North Lanes", quite similar to Queen Street West in Toronto, or St. Denis in Montreal. Lots of cool shops with interesting knick knacks, clothes, jewellry, etc.

This is the skateboard park at The Level. For more pictures of this area, see our pictures from the 19th.

John Little explained that these are Stanmer Park's washrooms, as described in tourist brochures. They were vandalized a very long time ago (soon after being built), and were never fixed. They keep promising...

While we were exploring Brighton, the boys were on an adventure to Hastings and Eastbourne.


August 17, 2008 - UK (Day 10 of 14) - Happy 60th, Val!

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Marty

This dog (and another) were pub pets, something you would probably never find in Canada.


Old Farts Corner! (Why isn't Val sitting here? <grin>)

Jill's Fixated on Holes in the walls, floors, etc. Other examples are here and here.


Bryn's mortal wound (he scraped his knee):


August 16, 2008 - UK (Day 9 of 14) - Brighton Beach

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

We visited the Brighton Pier, but we forgot to bring the spare batteries for the camera.

Getting settled for the night


August 15, 2008 - UK (Day 8 of 14) - Wedding Day

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

The wedding was held in historic Stanmer House.

Inside Stanmer House, there was a picture of Stanmer Park's gate houses. We were staying in the one on the left.

Martin, Richard, Jig (Mark), Finnlee, Daren, Bryn (behind Daren), and Mickey

Lisa (Daren's sister)

John Little (father of the groom, and our gracious host)

Richard (Lisa's husband) and Val (our hostess, and the one who puts up with John's silliness)

Ollie (ring bearer)

Mickey and Haley

Martin and Amy

Richard and Emma

John Gapper and Becky (the bride )

Note Finnlee, not in his seat. What a surprise!

Bryn, although bored, is at least in his seat.

That's Becky's mom Linda between Daren and John

A horse drawn carriage... Nice touch guys!

If the carriage were to continue on this road, it would lead to Becky's home in Stanmer Village.

And if the carriage were to continue on this road, it would lead to Daren's childhood home (where we were staying), in the gatehouse of Stanmer Park. It was truly a Stanmer wedding. Becky's mom was born and worked in Stanmer House, where they were married.


That's Daren's Nan and Uncle on the left.

Dancing Ghosts

Topping it off, there was a full moon that night.

And finally, the newlyweds on their honeymoon!


August 12, 2008 - UK (Day 5 of 14) - Devil's Dyke

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Devil's Dyke is a significant geographical location near Brighton. We decided to go sightseeing and kite flying on a very rainy, windy day.

We started by waiting for the open-top double-decker bus on the seashore in Brighton. (Jill discovered, to her dismay, that it costs 20p to pee.)

This is the Jubilee Clock Tower in Brighton.

On the Bus

Duck!!!

Note the dark clouds...

They've got a nice pub up top.

Daren was gracious enough to buy a couple of kites for the boys. Little did we know, they were designed for a much gentler breeze than the howler flying across the Devil's Dyke that day.

Jill was gracious enough to take pictures only when the kite was airbourne (which was usually spurts of 3 seconds).

Just before the skies opened up and rained down on the top of the bus


August 11, 2008 - UK (Day 4 of 14) - Marina and Aquarium

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

These amusements were down in the Brighton Marina area.



This is the entrance to the Sea Life Aquarium in Brighton. It's been around for a long time.

Back on the beach (by the pier)

This is the Victoria Fountain.

More shots of the Royal Pavilion

St. Peter's Church

Val tries to dry all of her laundry (and ours) outdoors (in between rain storms).


August 10, 2008 - UK (Day 3 of 14) - Playing Near to Home

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Slug! (Escargot anyone?)


Hole in the Wall


Fred the Frog


On the way through to park, going to Swan Inn for lunch

The Swan Inn (as if it's not self-evident)


Beer Tasting


Graveyard

Wild blackberries were everywhere.


The next time we visit, this field will be gone, replaced by a new football (a.k.a. "soccer") stadium. There is much consternation revolving around this, and how it will affect Stanmer Park.

Chasing the seagulls

Up and down the hill

Passing through Falmer train station

Sexy sign


Bob the Badger visits nightly for his supper, which John has been supplying for about 8 years.


August 9, 2008 - UK (Day 2 of 14) - Settling In

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

August 8, 2008 - UK (Day 1 of 14) - On Our Way There

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

August 5, 2008 - Pre Dress Rehearsal

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

August 3, 2008 - Running from Connor's

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

August 2, 2008 - The Leslie Girls and Another Storm

(Brynioch is 4 years, Finnlee is 2 years)

Index

2 3 5 8 9 10 Slug! (Escargot anyone?) Hole in the Wall Fred the Frog On the way through to park, going to Swan Inn for lunch The Swan Inn (as if it's not self-evident) Beer Tasting Graveyard Wild blackberries were everywhere. The next time we visit, this field will be gone, replaced by a new football (a.k.a. 'soccer') stadium. There is much consternation revolving around this, and how it will affect Stanmer Park. Chasing the seagulls Up and down the hill Passing through Falmer train station Sexy sign Bob the Badger visits nightly for his supper, which John has been supplying for about 8 years. 11 These amusements were down in the Brighton Marina area. This is the entrance to the Sea Life Aquarium in Brighton.  It's been around for a long time. Back on the beach (by the pier) This is the Victoria Fountain. More shots of the Royal Pavilion St. Peter's Church Val tries to dry all of her laundry (and ours) outdoors (in between rain storms). 12 We started by waiting for the open-top double-decker bus on the seashore in Brighton.  (Jill discovered, to her dismay, that it costs 20p to pee.) This is the Jubilee Clock Tower in Brighton. On the Bus Duck!!! Note the dark clouds... They've got a nice pub up top. Daren was gracious enough to buy a couple of kites for the boys.  Little did we know, they were designed for a much gentler breeze than the howler flying across the Devil's Dyke that day. Jill was gracious enough to take pictures only when the kite was airbourne (which was usually spurts of 3 seconds). Just before the skies opened up and rained down on the top of the bus 15 The wedding was held in historic Stanmer House. Inside Stanmer House, there was a picture of Stanmer Park's gate houses.  We were staying in the one on the left. Martin, Richard, Jig (Mark), Finnlee, Daren, Bryn (behind Daren), and Mickey Lisa (Daren's sister) John Little (father of the groom, and our gracious host) Richard (Lisa's husband) and Val (our hostess, and the one who puts up with John's silliness) Ollie (ring bearer) Mickey and Haley Martin and Amy Richard and Emma John Gapper and Becky (the bride ) Note Finnlee, not in his seat.  What a surprise! Bryn, although bored, is at least in his seat. That's Becky's mom Linda between Daren and John A horse drawn carriage... Nice touch guys! If the carriage were to continue on this road, it would lead to Becky's home in Stanmer Village. And if the carriage were to continue on this road, it would lead to Daren's childhood home (where we were staying), in the gatehouse of Stanmer Park.  It was truly a Stanmer wedding.  Becky's mom was born and worked in Stanmer House, where they were married. That's Daren's Nan and Uncle on the left. Dancing Ghosts Topping it off, there was a full moon that night. And finally, the newlyweds on their honeymoon! 16 We visited the Brighton Pier, but we forgot to bring the spare batteries for the camera. Getting settled for the night 17 Marty This dog (and another) were pub pets, something you would probably never find in Canada. Old Farts Corner!  (Why isn't Val sitting here? <grin>) Jill's Fixated on Holes in the walls, floors, etc.  Other examples are here and here. Bryn's mortal wound (he scraped his knee): 18 Mushrooms This is looking north at the Royal Pavilion.  We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, unfortunately. After touring the Pavilion, we wandered through 'The Lanes'.  This was a very cool cake shop called choccywoccydoodah. This statue was in front of a hotel on Regency Square. There's the regular 'Lanes', then there's the 'North Lanes', quite similar to Queen Street West in Toronto, or St. Denis in Montreal.  Lots of cool shops with interesting knick knacks, clothes, jewellry, etc. This is the skateboard park at The Level.  For more pictures of this area, see our pictures from the 19th. John Little explained that these are Stanmer Park's washrooms, as described in tourist brochures.  They were vandalized a very long time ago (soon after being built), and were never fixed.  They keep promising... 19 Daren... This is your life! 20 To get to Drucilla's, we had to travel through a very old town (at least 1000 yrs) called Lewes.  We've visited it on prior trips, but this time we were just passing through. This was the most amazing grocery store cum cafe that we've ever seen.  It's a combination of the Movenpick Marches and Pusateri's. Primates and more... Time to Play Riding Thomas the Train On the Bus back to Lewes Waiting for the Train to Falmer Station (East Sussex University), which is very close to where we stayed while in the U.K. 21 During our time in the U.K. there was often cold wind and rain.  Fortunately, we were usually under cover (in this case in a doubledecker bus). Bouncing Brothers Bumper Bikes This was a very cool Moroccan restaurant called Karma.  We were astonished at the fine detail and couldn't stop taking pictures. This is Finnlee holding still, so we can enjoy our meal.  (Yes, that's a facetious remark.) In the meantime, Bryn was an eating machine. More Amusements This is the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.  It was the summer palace of King George IV.  He began building it while merely a prince (in his early 20s), and continued building and remodelling it throughout his life.  He died at the age of 68, or thereabouts.  The outside is done in an Indian style, while the interior is a Chinoise phantasmagoria. Waiting for the Bus St. Peters Church Bubbles!!!!! 26 The Crazy Bunch! Dad... Brynioch... Finnlee... Jamfi... 27 30 Finnlee wants to pee. Good morning, Bryn! Picnic Kids Airshow Planes Running Amok! Centreville 'Have you every been to see, Billy?  Well sometimes the waves get so high...' Antique Car Splash! Train Ride Ice Cream Toronto, as seen from the Toronto Islands Here's a panorama version (also available in its original size): The trip home 31