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Lost Hollow UK 2018 The Vacation time. 

After C2C in March, we knew it was crazy, but we had to come back in the summer for a tour.  Over the many trips we have come, just Tom and I, we brought Anya, our oldest, our 2 oldest sons, Taylor and Kieran, but we have never brought our youngest 3.  When you have a large family of 6 kiddos, flying everyone has never been anything we have attempted to do.  That is a dream of mine for us to do a tour with all 6 of our very talented children with us…That is for another day. 

So, on this trip we decided to take the plunge, pray for money for plane tickets and gigs and bring Lily, Maggie and Rowan. 

  Maggie and Lily have flown on a plane when they were babies, so they have no recollection, and Rowan has never been on a plane.  Can you believe for our first trip with them, we flew them across the Atlantic Ocean to England??? 

We also were crazy enough to make this a 3 ½ week tour, with the first 6 days a tourist'y vacation. 

We arrived in London, packed into our car and drove to Canterbury for 2 nights.  What a lovely city.  The Canterbury Cathedrial  was just gorgeous and just enormous.  The village of Canterbury is very old and just beautiful.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we headed to Wiltshire, to show the kids, Castle Combe and Lacock.  2 stunningly gorgeous villages. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we finally made the drive to Cornwall!!  We are huge Doc Martin fans, so to make the pilgrimage has been on our bucket list.  We met our friend, Suzie Mac in Port Isaac, had a fab lunch.  If you've never watched the show Doc Martin, you're in for a treat.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                  Look at Tom and I at Doc Martin's house! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

These fine gents above took 'our' pic of us, but not before blessing us with a very nice selfie!  Haha!!   

From there we went to Stonehenge.  Such an amazing, ancient place filled with mystery.

 

 We also stayed in Salisbury, another very old city with a massive Cathedral and a beautiful medieval market place and village around the cathedral.  Tom and Rowan went for an explore while me and the girls took a well deserved nap. They managed to find a 700 year old pub, where Tom had a pint of his favorite Guinness, and Rowan had a Coke, of course. 

It was an fun, whirlwind jam packed 6 days!  

In the next blogs, we'll delve into week 2, starting with shows!!

 

 

Brixworth Nursery Farm Show...our best audience!  

Brixworth Nursery Farm is one of our favorite places ever. Located in Northampton, United Kingdom.  It is owned and run by our good friends Rachael and Christian. We have been good friends with them for over 10 years.  

                                        BNF is a facility for adults with special needs. How cool is that?  

Monday through Friday, some alternating days, there are about 50 clients that are at the farm. Being a farm, they have animals, chickens, goats, a horse and pony, pigs, peacock and peahen, plants, even a bug hotel, which the clients helped to build! 

The clients help tend to the animals and tend to the plants.  

 

They have an exercise room, a day room, arts and crafts, dance, movies, relaxation room, kitchen. Plus they take the clients on outings. There is so much for the clients to do.  Seriously, this facility is awesome!!!  

 

We were in the UK for the C2C Festival at the 02, we had the opportunity to sing for the clients of Brixworth Nursery Farm.

 

 Best Audience!!!  We walked in to them chanting "Lost Hollow, Lost Hollow!"  

They sang with us on our songs, such joy and enthusiasm!

We loved every minute with them!    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                We love BNF and we love the clients. 

 

                                                    We can’t wait to come back!!!

Tom Fred the Donkey man.  

Wow. 

We are so excited to share this painting with you! 

This stunning painting is from our amazing, talented friend, Seimon Pugh-Jones.

We met Seimon and Min several years ago, through our friends Tommy Parham and Tia McGraff

This past spring, before our trip to the UK, Seimon asked if Tom would model for a huge project he was working on. Of course Tom said yes! While we were at the Tin Shed, Seimon took some photo's of Tommy for this project and he graciously took a few of both of us.  

 

The project is ‘Under Milk Wood’ based on the ‘radio drama’ then movie by Dylan Thomas

From Seimon: 

'Tom Fred the Donkey man. My 'model' is Tommy Harden.Top blokey and brilliant drummer. 

Check out 'Lost Hollow'..from Nashville, fantastic band!!..Thank you again Tommy for being part of my 'Under Milk Wood' project.' 

This painting is number 17 in this stunning series.  You can see some of the other works on his website. 

Please, check out Seimon's site and the other paintings and the brilliant work that he does here on his website. 

http://www.pughjones.co.uk

If you have the chance to travel to the UK, or live in the UK, you MUST make a trip to Wales.  It's a gorgeous country.  The people are the best!  If you go, a must is Laugharne, It is where Dylan Thomas lived.  A quaint town, full of character.  

Then head to the Tin Shed, a 1940's museum and venue.  Tell Min and Seimon that Tommy and Lorrie sent you!  

You will be glad you did!  x

 

Scotland and Northampton UK May 2017 

  

Scotland is Gorgeous!!   What else can we say!  We had a great gig at the Vampos festival in Perth.  In between soundcheck and the gig we took a tour of the Scone Palace.  The artwork was insane!  After the gig we stayed in a gorgeous B&B right on Loch Lintrell. 

 

But first Coffee...

We stayed at The Lodge at Lochside, where Gareth, treated us to an amazing stay, full breakfast and let Anya make a few cups of coffee. We plan on going back next year and hopefully, playing a house concert while were making our trek back to Kirriemuir/Angus.  

 

We then made our pilgrimage to Kirriemiur, a gorgeous little village, home of the author J.M. Barrie, writer of Peter Pan, and original lead singer of AC/DC, Bon Scott.  It's also the village where Lorrie's great grandfather, William Wilkie, emigrated from.  So Lorrie and Anya took a pic in front of the house he used to live in.  Also, a pic of Lorrie's great-grand and family before he emigrated to America.  

Afterwards, we visited Glamis Castle.  Originally, the home of Elizabeth, Queen of England and Queen Mum to the current Queen, the was also the castle Where the Shakespearean Macbeth murder took place.  The castle is just breathtaking, worth a visit.  After the tour, our daughter Anya asked us to do an impromptu photo shoot in front of the castle.  You don't get backdrops like this every day! 

 

 

 


When we got back to Northampton (7 hour drive!) we got the privilege of being on the Bernie Keith Show on the BBC Radio 2, Northampton.  What a hoot he is!  I'm told he's a part time comedian as well, I can believe that!  We laughed, met his 'studio dog' Riley, and gave him some Goo Goo Clusters that we brought from Nashville. Fun times!  

 

 

 

 

Amazing photo shoot with Max Ellis! 

While we were in the UK in May, we had the amazing opportunity to have a photo shoot with the incredibly talented, hilarious, lovable Max Ellis.  We were told by our good friend Tim Fraser that we would have a fantastic time, but we had no idea we would have such an amazing time and make new, very cool friends, that we can't wait to see next time we are in the UK!  
Max and Katherine are uber talented.  
Check out his photography, Max Ellis Photography
Katherine can SING!  Check out her site here: Katherine Ellis.  

We LOVE the UK, we leave more of our hearts over there every time we go.  Love making new friends.  It makes us want to be over there more and for longer periods of time.  I believe it will happen.  

Thank you Tim for setting up and introducing us to this amazing dynamic duo!  Thank you Max for an amazing photo shoot!  LOVE!