Quick diversion to Deppers Bridge

September 14th, 2014

Not far from the royal town of Leamington Spa lies Deppers Bridge. It’s a small hamlet with just a handful residents and one very wonderful farmhouse.

The latter belongs to my aunty and uncle and I was delighted to be able to call by for a ‘coffee and a catch-up’ before continuing on my merry way on the long drive from London to Edinburgh.

converted barn

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Kiwi Girl circumnavigates Elstead

September 13th, 2014

A drive through the English countryside is ‘a must’, and where better than the county of Surrey. Better still, don’t let your experience be from the wrong side of the car window, instead explore semi-rural England with full abandon by foot.

Elstead has it all: an historic village, cottages, a village green, an old parish church, cemeteries, a watermill, forge, woodlands, juicy blackberries and stinging nettles. It’s all there for the senses to appreciate.

Elstead is flanked by the River Wey.  It was referenced back in the 11th century, then called Helestede. The Elstead Mill stands stately, was once occupied by Oliver Cromwell’s army in the English Civil war, subsequently rebuilt in1648 after a fire, and a corn mill until the late 1800s.

Elstead Mill, 2014

Elstead Mill, 2014

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Kiwi Girl about Godalming town

September 12th, 2014

With its cobbled streets and historical buildings oozing history, Godalming is a quiet town, a delight to explore. Tudor buildings mix with Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian splendor. Its dainty eclecticism is delightful.

The town dates back to a mention in the will of King Alfred the Great in 899!

In 1881 Godalming became famous for being the first town in UK to have installed a public supply of electricity, and the first in the world to boast electric street lights!  This has been contested however – the Godalming museum has more details.

Godalming's cobblestone streets

Godalming’s cobblestone streets

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What a pleasantly smooth, easy job this was!  Pre-booking an Alamo rental car and pick up at Heathrow Airport, was trouble-free, seamless and super cost effective.

We had done our homework. For just NZ$43 a day, this car hire in the UK included insurance, named second driver, unlimited miles and collision waiver damage. To top that off, we drove away in a 2014 Vauxhall Astra diesel!

car hire in the UK

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Kiwi Girl heads to the UK

September 10th, 2014

All the ducks have lined up in a row. This Kiwi Girl is off on an adventure. Destination? United Kingdom.

It has been a hectic couple of weeks. Work to be done, house to be decorated, birthdays to be celebrated. Just as it always happens, once you’ve walked through the Departure Gates at Auckland International Airport, the rest of life’s chaos diminishes.

auckland international airport, nz

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