Monthly Archives: August 2015

Beating the Barometer in Burghley House Northants

Monday 31 August As I sit down to write this blog I can’t help feeling overwhelmed being in Europe at this time of moral crisis occurring over the Asian and African refugee crisis. Hundreds of thousands of folk fleeing war … Continue reading

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Singing with joy in St Albans and Worn out by Waddesdon!

Sunday 30th August 2015 This morning we checked out of our Premier Inn in Highwycombe, north of London and ventured to ancient St Albans Abbey Church for the 9.30am Family eucharist. It was fantastic to see children running into the … Continue reading

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Keeping faith with William Morris in Kelmscott Manor

Saturday 29th August 2015 Today we completed our William Morris quest by driving straight back down from Wightwick Manor via the M5 to Gloucestershire to the small village of Kelmscott on the Thames, not far from its source in the … Continue reading

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Tweaking about in Tewkesbury and Whittling time away in Wightwick Manor

Friday 28th August 2015 This morning we left our Premier Inn home in  Chippenham in the southern Cotswolds to drive north to the Midlands to our one night Premier Inn home in Wolverhampton North near Birmingham. Along the way we … Continue reading

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Cavilling about cars, breezing past Bath and savouring sensational Stourhead House and gardens.

Thursday 27th August 2015 We had a half lay day today first of all finding and using a laundromat in Chippingham and secondly negotiating with Europcar over the health of our Vauxhall Estate Car which had quite a high mileage … Continue reading

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Beetling around in brilliant Bristol, living it up in Llandaff and captivated by Cardiff Castle

Wednesday 26th August Today with the rain moving East to London we took off West to the sunshine of South Wales but first detoured to the beautiful harbour city of Bristol to find Bristol Cathedral. The church historian and architectural … Continue reading

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Wandering around wondrous Wilton House near Salisbury

Tuesday 25th August Today we headed south east from Chippenham past the thatched rooftops of the homes of ancient Laycock and its even older abbey and later on past the even more ancient stones of Stonehenge to the relatively “new” … Continue reading

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Lounging around in Longleat and bedazzled by history in Bradford On Avon

Monday 24th August Today we experienced our first seriously rainy day of touring and it certainly makes a contrast to the high thirties we experienced for a month in Italy.  We drove from Chippingham 35 minutes south to the C15th … Continue reading

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Chilling out in Chippenham in the Cotswolds

Saturday 22nd  and Sunday 23rd August Saturday was a total chill out day for us in magnificent 28 degree Kentish sun.  We commenced a lengthy search for a prescription for Voltaren for Ann which is  not available off the shelf … Continue reading

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Perambulating peacefully picturesque Penshurst Place

Friday 21st  August Today we drove with Ann’s cousin Joyce and her husband Brian from Frinstead to the extraordinarily well preserved C14th Gothic stately home Penshurst in its own village of Penshurst high up in the Weald of Kent. This … Continue reading

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