Monday 27th August I left for the UK to take part in Michele Hill's William Morris tour being organised by Whitecroft Tours. I spent 2 full days in Hong Kong on the way and while I enjoyed learning about history of Hong Kong I found the smog somewhat of a big surprise. Humidity combined with the smog was very overwhelming and a couple of trips back to the Hotel was needed to freshen up with a shower to wash the grime off. I couldn't find out whether this is normal or just this time of year.
I left Hong Kong on Wednesday at midnight and arrived at Heathrow at 6am on Thursday morning. The slowest part at the airport was waiting for our bags, 30 minutes would have been very close. A short walk to the London Underground for a train to Kings Cross station then a change of trains and off to Durham to meet up with my Auntie Francis and Uncle Doug. These past few days have been such a blur, going to places that are older than white settlement in Australia. One of the highlights for me so far has been a family BBQ to meet my English relatives. Over 30 people came to meet me!!
My Mam's side of the family.
My dad's side of the family.
Yesterday we took a trip to the township of Barnard Castle where we walked though the actual Castle that was built back in the 12th Century. Although this castle is now in ruins, the sense of history there is so strong.