Archive for March 2012

July 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

We spent the first half of the month in Moscow waiting for our Chinese visas to come back from London. There was lots of walking around this gorgeous city. We went to the zoo, visited Gorky park, chilled out on a river cruise and watched Swan Lake for my birthday. We finally left Moscow on 12th July after a nightmare of trying to buy train tickets and boarded the overnight train to Kazan – city of Tartars. I spent my 30th birthday in this beautiful white Kremlined river side city then we were off again next day on the Trans Siberian Railway on the most incredible journey I’ve ever taken. Almost immediately we were in the Russian countryside, vast open spaces of wildflower meadows, silver birches, giant mountains and mighty rivers. Our journey took us to Yekaterinberg, Novosibirsk – the true start of Siberia, all fur and hunting shops, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, an epic 56 hour journey to Krasnyarsk, then onto the very end of the world – Vladivostok a crumbling beauty of a city.

By Kerry Feely

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Stefan Palmer

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June 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Continuing the diary of our first year married.

Russia!!! The country I never thought in all my dreams I would ever visit. And there Kerry and I were. After a nerve wracking 2 hours at the boarder with Finland, were we in. Travelling along the main road into St Petersburg. Mmmmmm main road made of gravel with more holes in it than a culinder. What a beautiful city St Petersburg was tho. Amazing artitecture and beautiful people. From there the golden ring cities of Suzdel and Vladimir. Then the big one, Moscow. Just wow. Red Square, Lenin’s morsaleum, St Basils Catherdal, The Kremlin and a great welcome from Godzilla hostel. It was during this month that Kerry and I parted company with David and the Land Rover. We then hatched our plan to tranverse the Trans Siberian Railway. Well why not. How many people do you know who have done that iconic railway?

By Stefan Palmer

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May 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

The month our lives changed beyond all recognition. On the 1st May we left our home in Nottingham and drove to Jersey via Weymouth. We spent the next 2 weeks getting ready for the off. We completed the work on the Land Rover, packed our kit and had lots of lovely dinners courtesy of David’s mum. We left for France on 16th – the start of our European adventure. We had a 2 week whistle stop tour visiting Mont Saint-Michel and the Somme in France, Berlin and Dresden in Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, the Baltic’s and Finland. On the way we danced in a swimming pool, got disgracefully drunk in Riga and felt the horrors of Auschwitz.  We had our first experience of  Wild Camping and over landing in a Land Rover.

By Kerry Feely

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Stefan Palmer

April 2011 – 12 by 12   Leave a comment

Busy, busy busy. This was our last month in Nottingham before our little adventure began. We were frantically packing up our home and transporting all our possessions to secure storage. I was having nightmares about what could go wrong with the house sale (being in the business for 21 years I knew a lot could!). We were visiting friends and relatives saying our bon voyages and promising to keep in touch. During April, Kerry and I had a great boozy weekend in Leeds to celebrate Vanessa’s (Kerry’s sister) birthday. We also squeezed in a relaxing weekend in one of my favourite places in the whole world (still is), the stunning Lake District, saying our farewells to Trish and Bill (Kerry’s mum and partner) and a second goodbye to Vanessa who turned up too. It was a sad month saying our goodbyes but an exciting one with what adventures lay ahead…..

By Stefan Palmer

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12 months in 12 days   7 comments

Yesterday Kerry and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. What an action packed year it’s been. It’s just gone by in a blur. It feels like only yesterday we said the famous “I do”, but in other respects it seems millions of years ago. To celebrate our first, for the next 12 days, we will be taking it in turns to write on one another’s blogs. We plan to publish a selection of pictures taken in each month we’ve been married, along with what we were doing, where and who with.

Today we start with March 2011………

By Stefan Palmer

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A New Home   2 comments

It took some time but Kerry and I have found a permanent (well 6 months at least) place to live.  It’s in Altona which is a suburb of Melbourne.  Nice and handy for Kerry to get to work on a bike. Yep those that know Kerry didn’t imagine that, I did use the words Kerry and cycling in the same sentence.  It’s a 2 bedroomed ‘unit’ as the Australians call it.  It’s a link detached bungalow in my estate agency view.  Basically the property is attached on both sides by our neighbour’s garages.  Four properties, of the same style, make up the little cul de sac.  So I could play my music pretty loud without anyone hearing….If I had any decent speakers that is.  The property comprises a lounge, kitchen with dining area off it, shower room and the two bedrooms.  There is a garage and a paved rear garden.  It is ideal for us.  We looked at a few cheaper places, mainly apartments but after 10 months of sharing accommodation either in hostels, hotels or house shares we were keen for our own proper space.  Its 5 minutes walk to the beach and sea front in Altona, great for my running and in zone 1 for trips back into Melbourne city centre.

We have signed a 6 month lease on the place and now our biggest challenge has been finding stuff to fill our new home.  What we could carry or tow across the world doesn’t fill much space.  We are in a bit of a dilemma.  We don’t want to buy too much, because we could be returning to the UK at the end of the tenancy, if Kerry doesn’t get sponsored.  Or if she does we will get our furniture and appliances, in storage in the UK, shipped out here.  So far we have decided on a futon for the lounge and we will use the mattress to sleep on in the bedroom at night, a couple of beanbags and some patio furniture that doubles up for indoors and outdoors.  We have also been to a couple of garage sales looking for a fridge and freezer.  We will hand wash clothes for six months and play that one by ear.  It such a difficult position to be in.  We have made a great job of making the place look like home so far.

Despite my initial concerns there are a lot of young people in Altona.  When we visited a couple of weeks ago to sign the lease contract the town was full of old people.  So old they appeared to have lost the ability to count money while in a cafe queue, you known that feeling when you are in a rush and despite the queue and the prices on the board they don’t even have their purse out when they are given the total price. Grrrr.  I’ll leave that pet annoyance of mine there.  Just for the record I love talking to old people and listening to their stories but……….

I plan to join the local Triathlon club and Kerry and I may join the volunteer lifeguards.  Crikey we are more than used to being in the water after our Divemaster training.  It will be a great way to meet people in the town and another way to stay fit.

Here’s some pictures of our new place.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

A cold and snowy morning   Leave a comment

I had so many good pictures from my snow shoot in Bingham, before we left the UK.  But due to the weather the colours were all washed out. So I have decided to publish a separate post with black and white images. If anything it looks even colder in black and white.  Here’s a link to my first original post with a different set of colour images. Looking at the meta data, these images where taken on a different day, which explains the poor light.

A selection of my favourite images from this blog are available to buy at stefanpalmer.photium.com

Stefan Palmer

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