Monday, September 25, 2006


We headed from Kent across country towards Bath. I wanted to check out Wickwar on the edge of the Cotswolds, where I lived for the first two years of my life.

We went through the town twice. If you ever visit we lived at 12 High Street (opposite the pub where my Mum and Dad would go for a drink in the beer garden in the summer, leaving me in a bedroom upstairs asleep).

We had lunch in Chipping Sodbury, in an Indian restaurant, where they were keen to have us leave by 2pm. We stuffed down some very nice curry.

Centre of Chipping Sodbury

Along the way we went past Legoland which was on our list of places to go with the kids. When we arrived we found that it was going to cost £110 for the four of us to enter. We stood outside trying to work out how to tell the kids that it was too expensive to go in!! Then someone had collected free tickets off the back of the corn flakes packet and generously agreed to "sell" them to us for £60. The kids loved it and we all had fun.

Here is USA meets UK with Aussie flavour - which part of the picture is made of Lego?

Having stayed at the worst Travelodge in the world (see Worst Experience ), we headed to Bath to see what accomodation we could find, I wanted a washing machine, space and something nice. We went to the tourist information centre, and they rang 16 places for us, until we found the following place - Greyfield Farm Cottages. We stayed in the one called The Dairy. We really enjoyed this place. We had free fresh farm eggs daily, a seperate spa which we used twice a day, an extensive video/dvd collection, extensive history book collection in the cottage, two bedrooms a lounge room, kitchen, picket fence garden and three TV's, really nice people running the place. I would go back tomorrow. The place is about half way between Bath and Wells. From here we went to lots of different places.

We went to Stonehenge the day before summer solstice:

We went to Wells where we spent time in their public library and then had sandwiches in the grounds of Wells Cathedral.

The statues of famous people that you may be able to see high up on the Cathedral walls were stolen over several centuries. We had a look around inside the Cathedral. The whole of Wells was picturesque, without thousands of people.

We also went to Glastonbury where we looked at a typical kitchen from days gone by, complete with the sort of food that they would serve and the utensils they used.

Next few episodes will include the Lake District, Wales and Chester as we push up to Scotland.


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