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We are now in Oz after two amazing years of traveling Europe in our home built plane. We met many fantastic people who we are proud to call friends and have gained a much better understanding of the similarities and differences between the cultures of the different European states as well as the history and geography that have lead to these differences. We enjoy meeting people with similar interests to ourselves and learning more about other cultures. Please let us know if you're going to be in Queensland and would like to catch up for a meal and a chat.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Another trip back to Norfolk

After a couple of days off to gather our thoughts (and necessary belongings) we're back in Norfolk again.  It feels like it took forever to get out here.  We left at 11am and got in for 'lunch' at 3.30pm.  On the plus side this long trip meant that we took a short scenic driving tour past Ely Cathedral, which is apparently pretty famous, I just hadn't heard of it before.  Another reason the trip took so long is that we went up to Murray's - the guy who will be painting our plane, to pick up the undercarriage (legs) and noseleg which he has already painted - apparently it's easier to paint these things before they're bolted on.  The plus of going to Murray's is that it takes us past all the good farm stalls, and some great eggs produced by back yard chickens.  This means that we managed to pick up Julian's favourite lunch and dinner side dish ingredient: brussel sprouts on the stalk.  I feel a bit like I've created a monster in introducing him to really fresh lightly cooked brussels, but it's too late now!

Apparently in the past people in Norfolk dug all their ground away  in the process of collecting peat for fires.  I also read that the smell is so bad that people have been put to death for burning it in the past.  Anyway all this dig dig digging created the Norfolk fens, low lying wet areas, which have now been dried out, but on days like today when a huge snow fall has finally melted some areas like the road to Wisbech are surrounded by vast still lakes rather than  fields.  It was really quite strange.  The road was officially closed due to flooding but we saw a delivery truck come through, so gritted our teeth & just didn't stop and it really wasn't too deep for a normal car.

After Murray's we went into town to the gym to learn about membership and using the swimming pool, we just have to work out what type of membership works best for our 3 month project!  So it really was quite a productive drive up even if we didn't get much done on the plane after arriving.

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