Well after returning from the UK after a two week holiday I'm starting to feel what passes for normal with me - the jet lag is awful on me
Blooming long flight - mental torture!
If you have along stopover in Singapore do grab a room in the Transit Hotels for a few hours kip and a show - T3's rooms are best.
Mrs Tyke and I took advantage of the cheap Singapore Airlines flights.
Mrs Tyke does go back every year to see her family,she is very close to them.
This was my first time back in a few years.This time for a "proper" holiday.I've been back twice before under the sad circumstances of my Mum's death so I never looked at the UK with a fair eye before.
My holiday??????................................LOVED IT!
Which is a real turn around from how I felt upon booking.Ms Tyke insisted that I go for holiday with her this time.To say the least I was not keen and thought it was a waste of money - even with the bargain flights.
How wrong could I be?
It's done me the world of good to go back after living her for over nine years.
With gong back relaxed and in holiday mode I looked at the UK with different eyes.
My Brother took the two weeks off and had organised lots of fun,games and days out for us.Terrific to catch up and spend time together - they made a real fuss of us and we are so grateful to them.
We spent a lot of time out in the country in our old haunts,from 2 days in the lovel fishing town of Whitby to the wilds of the north Yorkshire Dales finding out of the way "proper" pubs.
Caught up with some of the rellies and friends who made us very welcome.
To be honest by the end of two weeks we were exhausted with all the travelling,partying and so on.
Kind of topped up on our "Yorkshireness"
The roads seemed very much smaller and the amount of traffic!!!!
Every household seems to have at least 2 cars now which is causing chaos.
What's with all the black cars??????
Lots of new and flash cars,any more BMW's / Mercs/Audis/Range Rovers and so on - could this be because credit was o much easier to get?
Shopping.......... I hate it but did get an idea of prices.Yup it can be cheaper to shop in the UK but not amazingly.This could be due to the drop in the exchange rate so comparing at 2:1
The range of products is huge but I felt as if there was too much to the point of "conspicuous consumption"
The greenery - lovely to see the English countryside in full bloom,it holds a special place in my heart.
BUT - the scruffy and unkempt grass verges and shrubbery - now that was just overgrown!
I did note that some areas around Leeds have gone terribly downhill - pubs shut due to constant drug dealing,lots of crime in general - I did not feel safe in my old town of Pudsey!
"Proper" fish and chips cooked in beef dripping - yum!
Pork pies - overdosed on them!
Visited England's oldest sweet shop - brought back some supplies !
Had a day out with my brother clay pigeon shooting,my old sport from years ago - like riding a bike.
Visited a Game Fair and thoroughly enjoyed that - the beer tent took a bashing with us lot!
I was quite into Field Sports years ago and it was wonderful to see how it has expanded and put a lot of money back into the countryside for conservation.
It's even given me a business idea for here in Adelaide.
I was in holiday mode and had the reverse rosy coloured glasses" on.
Would I ever go back???
YES - but for a holiday.
Especially if there are some more bargain flights.
The place has passed us by now,but have fond memories in parts.
The experience did make me look back at Australia and our move ere - it confirmed why we moved here.
Upon my return Adelaide felt "big, wide open and quieter" ,but that's why we moved here.
The sad part was two fold.
Leaving my brother and his family who have been so kind to us.
Mrs Tyke is stopping a further two weeks now with her family for some quality time with them.I've had to return due to business commitments.
Strange to return alone - I miss my babe already
All in all a terrific trip and I'd urge those who have been here a few years and fully settled to consider a trip back to see the homeland for a holiday,it's a real experience.