Thursday, May 31, 2012

England Countryside

Mom and Pops so graciously took Travis, Danners, Annabelle, and I to tour England & Wales. Travis has never been and our British family had yet to meet Annabelle... definitely the perfect time to visit! Travis absolutely loved the rolling hills and couldn't believe how beautiful and green the countryside was. Although, after a few days he realized the English weather, a.k.a. constant drizzle, is what makes everything so lush and green. Luckily, we were blessed with several sunny days.

Thank you to our Crossley parents for our vacation and amazing trip. We love you!

Market Drayton
The canal by Grandad's house... so picturesque!

Grandad lovin' the girls

Joyce & her Auntie Violet (she visits every Tuesday and stays all day!)

Devon- Southern England
This is the width of the road to Aunt Helen's house... tiny!

It's only wide enough for one car, so when another car comes one has to back up until they find an inlet to park in! This is one of the British quirks, but ya gotta love that they're not always in a hurry.

Beautiful English scenery

Walking to a seaside town to eat lunch. The trail was more than a little muddy!

An original rail-car that took us up the mountain for lunch

Annabelle being cute before jumping!

My cousin Joseph's town home. It's crazy how expensive European housing is... this 2 bedroom, tiny apartment cost 115, 000 pounds! (about $200,000 dollars!)  

Annabelle & Theo holding hands... just adorable!
(Theo is my cousin Kerry's little man)

The famous fish and chips with mushy peas... delish!
We must have eaten this meal at least 3x.

Outside the most famous fish and chip restaurant, Squires, with Kerry, Norman, & Theo.
The Prime Minister (similar to our President eats here!)

Totally random picture, but this is how they toast bread!!

The "Beach"
When you picture the beach what do you imagine? I imagine a blinding sun, warm water, swimsuits, beach volleyball, playing in the sand, reading, and tanning. The British idea of going to the beach is quite different, but still wonderful! Reading and playing in the sand are definitely on the agenda, but ya might wanna grab a jacket for the trip.

Picturesque seaside town

Annabelle looking like a beached whale!! haha Sadly, this is how she took her nap.

Annabelle was knocking down Grandad's sandcastles as quickly as he was building them! 

Kerry & Norman

Auntie Helen letting Annabelle test the freezing water! 

Good ole' Uncle Roger

Team Tolman       



  1. What an amazing trip! I would love to have family over seas to visit :) I LOVE the picture at the top of your blog, it's beautiful!