Isambard, Center Parcs Longleat, Uk

Steve & Helly

Posted Sep 10, 2007, 5:39 pm

I'm Isambard.

I'm named after my Hero - Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He was a great engineer who lived during Victorian times. I want to visit all the things he designed and all the places associated with him.

The photo shows me and a picture of him.

I'd love a hat like that!
Steve & Helly

Posted Sep 10, 2007, 5:47 pm
Today I went . . . back in time.

I wanted to see what it would have been like to live in Victorian times, like Brunel did. I visited Blists Hill Victorian Town, where everything and everyone is as it was over 100 years ago.

I was very excited as we set off. I sat and looked out of the window. It was a very long journey, about three hours driving.

When we got there the street looked very old and quaint, with an ancient sweetshop, chemist and grocer.

Outside the shops was an old fashioned post box, which I climbed on to have my photo taken.
Steve & Helly

Posted Sep 11, 2007, 6:45 pm
Saturday cont:

I did a lot of climbing today. I love climbing - it must be the tiger in me!

Once I'd climbed off the postbox I went exploring the Victorian village further. There was a model of Richard Trevithick's steam locomotive - the earliest steam loco - which was fascinating. I also climbed onto a Victorian Coal Merchant's cart, which would have been pulled by a horse as they didn't have cars in those days.

In the wheelwright's shop I sat on a coffin, although I kept an eye out, just incase I was shut inside.

The most exciting part of the visit was meeting the Victorian policeman. He was very friendly and let me have my photo taken with him. He sat me on his lamp, which warmed my bottom.

Oh, and I almost forgot . . . I had my photo taken inside a 'thunder box'. I wasn't sure what this was at first, it looked like a little brick room in the garden, with a piece of wood with a hole cut in it. It turned out that it was a Victorian toilet. I bet it wasn't very nice in the winter, cold and with spiders and things - yuk!
Steve & Helly

Posted Sep 11, 2007, 7:07 pm
Saturday cont. again:

To finish the day I went to Ironbridge. I was a little disappointed as I'd got confused and thought that Brunel had designed it. In fact, it was Thomas Telford, about 200 years before Brunel was born.

However, it was a fantastic piece of engineering. I walked across the top but didn't go too near the edge as it was ever so high. I was mindful that I have lots of missions to complete and I didn't want to fall off and drown.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:13 am
Another 2CV 'raid' today. This time to the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. However, first stop was Ludgershall to meet up with Gary. We parked up and got some photos while we waited.

I stuck my head up to get in the photo. I travelled in the yellow and blue 2CV, Monsieur Alfonse.
Elephonse was in the car and was sulking as he didn't want to go to 'another boring museum'. He said he'd rather go and look for more 'elephant blu's. He decided to bury his head and refused to have his photo taken.

Ludgershall is a funny name, you don't pronounce the 'd' and the 'shall' at the end is pronounced 'shawl'.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:19 am
Milestones Museum is  a museum of time. It starts with various Victorian displays and moves on to the 1930s. I was hoping to learn more about the Victorians, when Brunel was alive.

First stop . . . lots of steam engines! I climbed on and around and over.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:21 am
Next stop, a worker being 'told off' by his boss. Not nice! Working conditions must have been very hard in Victorin times.

'Grr', I'm glad I was born now.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:24 am
Beggers were a common sight.

This little boy was selling matches. He had no shoes, probably hadn't washed for weeks, and looked frozen.

I climbed up into his hand to see if I could warm him up a bit.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:27 am
I needed cheering up after seeing the begger boy. My friend Tony decided it would be funny to put me on the log saw!!

When I realised it wasn't working and that the blade was covered up I relaxed and began to enjoy myself. I even lay at the end and pretended I was about to get my head chopped off! I felt very 'James Bond!'
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:30 am
Next, a bit more fun!

I joined a cat who was hissing at a dog.  The poor dog was so scared to see a tiger that I think he made a puddle!!
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:33 am
Next stop the coal merchants and a horse and cart - I climbed up to have a closer look at the horse. He had blinkers on, so he wasn't scared of me.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:37 am
In 'olden times' fires were put out using lines of people passing buckets of water along to throw on the fire.They then passed the empty bucket back along the line to be filled up.

Making sure I wasn't about to be thrown on a fire I climbed into a bucket which would have been used by the fire service.
Steve & Helly

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 7:42 am
Finally, at the end of my exciting day, I wandered down an alley towards the back of a 1930's house.

Seeing a door I guessed that I might see another 'thunder box' (toilet), like I did at Ironbridge.

Well, I neally fell over in my surprise! I didn't expect to see a man sitting there reading a paper!!

'Ooops, sorry!'
Steve & Helly

Posted Dec 7, 2007, 7:39 am
Hurrah, I'm so excited, I'm off to The Russian Federation today.

I never expected to travel the world and here I am, off on a great adventure.

I wish I had another mission . . . to visit every continent in the world.

Bye for now

Posted Jan 18, 2008, 2:34 pm
Hurray! My very long journey has come to the end, I'm in Russia now. It's very cold here, everything's covered with snow, huge snow banks all around and trees are all white with frost. However, I see I am welcome here. That's nice.
The first thing I've done here was to make friends with another toyvoager hosted here. It's Archibald and he's a great guy and a rather experienced voyager. I'm not upset, soon I will be as much and even more experienced in toyvoyging as he is  ;)
Tomorrow we're going to an artist's studio. I'm looking forward to meet the artist and her badger-dog named Zlata.
An now we'll drink hot tea with sweets and I'll have a rest after my very long trip to Russia.

Posted Jan 19, 2008, 2:52 pm
Today we've been to an artist's studio. The first what I saw there was this absolutely fantastic dog. I've never seen such an energetic creature before:  :stare:

The artist's name is Natasha. You can see her paintings on the walls:

I felt myself like an artist too when I saw all this things - brushes, colouring, bottles and many other interesting stuff!

Then we drank tea with Russian traditional round cracknels. They are delicious and crisp!  :)

We painted these fruits. It was a bit difficult for I don't know how to deal with watercolours  :rolleyes:

I've promised to show you Siberian birches all covered with snow. Here you are:

And this is an example of local special transport. This is a car of Special Medical Service. I've asked my host what this means but she doesn't know either  B)

Posted Jan 26, 2008, 5:34 pm
Vika had a really tough week so first I was bored for lack of an occupation and was sitting looking out of the window.

We didn't walk much in the daylight. But still I got my portion of sightseeing experience.
Here you can see one of the local subway stations - the station named after marshall Pokryshkin:

And the same but with people

That day we were on a visit. Here you can see a plant that can be seen almost in every apartment in Russia - aloe vera. It's like a traditional plant to have at home for it has many useful properties.

It's strange but if you look at the window it seems like it is September outside...

Posted Jan 26, 2008, 5:45 pm
Today we finally managed to go for a walk. It was not very hot outside (-16C) so the walk was quite short but still interesting.
We went to Pervomaysky Park in the center of Novosibirsk. Trees were covered with snow which had a really stange form. Just look at it!

Then we found a sample of local graffity:

And you know what!? There was my host's name written on the back side of this "sculpture". This is how it looks in Russian:

I was impressed with such an amount of snow and this wonderful fur-trees and decided to check if the snow was real and not artificial. Now I know it was real 'cause it was very cold!

On the backgound you can see a Russian traditional horse slay. It is used here to entertain children.

We walked along the park and found this sculprute of a very sad woman. I tried to convince her that everything would be OK but it never listened to me! It's a pity to see such a grief on a wonderful day like this...

Posted Jan 26, 2008, 6:08 pm
We also visited festival of snow figures. Such festivals are held every year for people from various cities and even countries. For example, this camel (looks a bit bizarre I should say) was made by masters from Kazakhstan.

And here you can see the House of Lenin (it is a Russian tradition to have streets, theaters, squares etc. named after Lenin and Marks). It belongs to Novosibirsk Philharmonic Hall and we are going there soon to the second Tayga Siberian Ethno Festival. I'm looking forward to it.

To the left you can see geographic center of Novosibirsk marked wich a chapel that stands just in the middle of the main Novosibirsk road - Krasny Prospect. Some say it marks geographic center of Russia but it is not know for sure.

And the last picture for today seems absolutely spring-like, almost no snow. I definitely like this city, you never know for sure what season it is :0)

Posted Feb 1, 2008, 5:33 pm
Yesterday we decided that we need some shake-up and went to a concert. We started with bear which is rather usual for any club.

The first band was named Brothers-Pilots in honour of the two popular detective brothers (not pilots actually) from a very funny cartoon. Brothers-Pilots are a punk-rock band, rather fresh sound, ricky-tick beat, full of energy. They were followed with quite a harmonious indie band named Glaza (Eyes). It's strange but the soloist has abolutly vampire-like cuspids!

And the last but not the least band was named Nebo Londona (London Sky) which reminded me of my home. I felt a little nostalgic but it was not the time to feel sad so I relaxed and went dancing!

The concert was over but we felt the need to discuss it and returned to the bar counter.

And we have great plans for tomorrow. I will not tell you anything today so keep tracking!

Posted Feb 2, 2008, 5:37 pm
I've promised you to show something interesting. Here you are. Today we've been to a winter bike-fest! Just imagine riding a bike through the local huge amount of snow - one should be very brave and athletic to do that!

But first of all we needed to get to Lokomotiv Skiing Lodge. There is a Children's Railroad in the Park (it connects Zaeltsovsky Park with the local zoo) but it does not function in winter.

And this is the station:

So we went through a real piny wood.

We arrived just in time to see the start:

Then bikers started. Some of them were riding, the others were just running with the bicycles. It was a real fun to see all this stuff!

Then we went to the finish to see who would come first. Here is the winner!

On the way back I was impressed with this fence-like densityof the wood.

Posted Feb 7, 2008, 1:37 pm
Some days ago we came across these two wonderful women. They were sitting in front of a Pancake Cafe (I was promised to be treated with pancakes soon). I think they make everything bright!

Posted Feb 7, 2008, 2:04 pm
Today we met another toyvoyager - Twitchy, he's from Miami! His travel to Novosibirsk was as long as my own so we had a theme to discuss :0)

We decided not to waste any time, consulted with Archibald who knows much about Novosibirsk already and made our way to the Birchwood. We knew there are many merry-go-rounds there!

I couldn't help but make a photo with this donkey, he looks so sad! I wish I had some meat for him...

But soon I found a chute and forgot any grief! It was tempting me to have a ride!

I was all covered with snow but it was a fun I should say ;0)

Posted Feb 7, 2008, 3:45 pm
After all this fun with merry-go-roungs we went to a monument devoted to the soldiers of the Great Patriotic War.

It made me feel very sorry for all those people who died defending their motherland.

Than we found an interesting stone. Vika says there was a church here in 1920s that was burnt down when the Soviet Union decided to destroy any symbols of religiosity and this stone was placed at the site where the curch had been located.

I felt as an alpinist!

Posted Feb 9, 2008, 1:49 pm
Some days ago I saw Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. It's so huge and impressive! No wonder, it is one of the symbols of Novosibirsk.

There is a statuary in front of the theatre. This group of three men is a common meeting point for young couples.

And this is Vladimir Lenin - the most famous person in the Russian history. It's really difficult to count all the monuments to Lenin in Novosibirsk!

Posted Feb 13, 2008, 5:44 am
Not so long ago a showing of art dolls was open in Novosibirsk. And of course we couldn't help but participate in this great event!

This is my favorite:

Posted Feb 13, 2008, 5:47 am
And this is the Novosibirsk Metro Bridge, the longest in Europe as they say and the river Ob:

Posted Feb 22, 2008, 3:05 pm
Everybody know that not so long ago we celebrated St. Valentine's Day. We all couldn't help but make some Valentine Cards for Vika's friends.
By the way I'm happy to introduce my new friend Gina to you. She is from Austria.
And I shall mention (this is for Steve and Helly) that I have a Valentine Card for them in my travel log  :rolleyes:

Posted May 2, 2008, 4:23 pm
I have finally arrived at my new home. It took along time to travel here and I'm pleased to be out of my box.

I arrived with 'The Lenihans' today who live in Worthing, West Sussex. There is Mel and Alex (Mum and Dad), Sam (7), Jessica (5) and Ben (4).

Today Jessica brought home her Class Teddy Bear called Rupert. We told each other all about our travels. Rupert travels with all the girls and boys in Jessica class.

This is a picture of me with Rupert the Bear, Jessica and Sam

Posted May 2, 2008, 4:45 pm
Today Sam, Jessica and Ben were off school, so we went to the allotment so I could see what they are growing.

I climbed the apple tree.....whoops I got a little stuck and Sam had to help me out....

When we got back home I had a quick look in the greenhouse and then a little bounce on the trampoline.

Posted May 8, 2008, 4:05 pm
We had a busy day today.

Sam, Jess and Ben's Grandad has 13 ferrets and he travels around with them to lots of country fayre shows. Today we went to the castle ruins at Cowdray with them.

Cowdray ruins apparently has a cursed on it, the owner and several people who worked there have all drowned........ this was along time ago.

Anyway, the fayre was brillant, I got to ride on a donkey, sit with a duckling, and go into the sheep pin. There were also some pigs there but I was a little worried they might try and eat me so I kept away. We also went to watch a helicopter take off and land again. Jess held onto me as she thought I might blow away in the wind......

Aferwards I had a rest in the big chair..... yawn yawn.....

Posted May 21, 2008, 4:09 pm
We are off on holiday today for a few days. We are off to center parcs @ longleat. On they way there we drove past Stonehenge.

Posted May 21, 2008, 4:17 pm
We were up bright and early today to make the most of our holiday.
Me and Sam had a game of crazy golf at the Jarden Des Sport.
After that we went for a swim at the 'Subtropical Swimming Pardise'. I thought it was best not to go in the water.
We stopped to look at all the lolly's in Treats sweetie shop on the way out. Yummy Yummy..... :p

Posted May 21, 2008, 4:26 pm
We were up early again today..... :o
We all went off for the 'woodland awakening tour' we had to met up outside the Rangers Lodge before the walk. We saw looks of birds, Larch, woodpecker, robins and there was a deer hiding in the bushes too......

In the afternoon Alex went sailing, his boat capsized and he got very wet, lucky I wasn't with him. I stayed on the beach and played with Sam's school teddy Ashley.

After Alex had finished we all went to the 'Outing with Owls' talk. It was very intersting but a little scary, as I was a little afraid that the Owls might try and eat me. Everybody got to hold an owl. The picture is of Sam holding the eagle Owl (i think)