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2012 - THE LAKE DISTRICT & LONDON

AND - THE END


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THE LAKE DISTRICT

SOMEWHERE ELSE IN ENGLAND I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO...

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ENGLAND PLAYING SOMEONE ( & LOSING PROBABLY ) IN THE PUB OPPOSITE MY HOTEL IN AMBLESIDE...

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THIS POST BOX HAS V R ON IT. VICTORIA REGINA - NOT TOO MANY OF THOSE ABOUT...

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LEFT THE LAKES NOW & BACK IN LONDON

HERE ARE SOME MEWS...

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PRINCESS DIANA MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN IN HYDE PARK

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PETER PAN & TINKERBELLE IN KENSINGTON GARDENS

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AND THAT IS THE END OF A TRIP THAT TOOK ME TO TANZANIA & ALMOST TO THE SOUTHERN MOST POINT OF AFRICA, UP TO THE NORTHERNMOST POINT IN SCOTLAND VIA THE WESTERNMOST POINT IN EUROPE.

QUITE THE JOURNEY...

UK WAS NICE TO SEE AGAIN BUT THE WEATHER WAS TOO MISERABLE FOR IT TO BE MUCH FUN..

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - BATH

OFF THE OCEAN PRINCESS NOW & ACROSS SOUTHERN ENGLAND TO BATH ....

THIS BRIDGE IS ONE OF ONLY TWO OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD. THE OTHER IS IN ITALY... FLORENCE MAYBE..

I HAD FISH AND CHIPS AT THE LITTLE RESTAURANT BELOW THE BRIDGE ..

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THEY BOTH HAVE SHOPS ON THEM.. IN FACT, WHEN YOU WALK ACROSS THE BRIDGE, THERE IS NO TELLING IT IS A BRIDGE AT ALL.

THIS VIEW LOOKING AWAY FROM THE BRIDGE ...

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BATH IS JANE AUSTIN COUNTRY & HERE IS WHERE HER SOCIETY HANGS OUT ...

AND THE FAMOUS CRESCENT WE HAVE ALL SEEN IN A MILLION FILMS OR TV SHOWS ...

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THIS LAWN IS FOR THE PRIVATE USE OF THE CRESCENT RESIDENTS, & SURPRISE - THE TOURISTS RESPECT THAT..

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THE SARACENS HEAD - ONE OF THE OLDEST PUBS IN TOWN.

A PLEASANT EVENING WALK ALONG THE CANAL ....

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NOW THE NEXT DAY, EARLY MORNING & I AM SITTING OUTSIDE THE ROMAN BATHS.

I AM SURE I SHOULD BE HERE BEFORE LUNCH ...

I HAD ARRANGED TO MEET TWO COUSINS IN BATH, BUT NEGLECTED TO TAKE NOTE OF THE DAY OR TIME.

A VERY PLEASANT 3 HOURS WAITING FOR THE COUSINS ...

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MORE WALKING AROUND

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TAKE IN A LITTLE CRICKET ....

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THIS WAS A NICE PUB. NOT TOURISTY AT ALL.

LIKE A MODERN DAY ENGLISH LOCAL ..

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - STONEHENGE etc. WITH MAD MAX TOURS


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AN ENGLISHMAN'S HOME IS HIS CASTLE ... SO THEY SAY ..

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IT'S THE NEXT DAY NOW, & I HAVE A MAD MAX TOUR TO STONEHENGE, A COUPLE OF COUNTRY VILLAGES & THE STONES AT AVEBURY.

I HAD NOT BOOKED FOR STONEHENGE BUT HAD A CALL WAITING AT THE HOTEL TO SAY THAT SOMEONE HAD BECOME ILL SO THEY HAD SUBSTITUTED THIS LONGER TOUR THAT INCLUDED IT. AND THEY GAVE ME A DISCOUNT AGAINST THE OLD PRICE.

MUST BE WHY THEY ARE CALLED MAD MAX.

FIRST UP IS STONEHENGE ...... OR A BUNCH OF OLD STONES AS MY MOM CALLED THEM ....

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MAD MAX GOT US HERE AS THE SECOND BUS INTO THE CAR PARK & THEN HAD US BI-PASS THE SHOP & HEAD STRAIGHT TO THE SITE.

SMART THINKING .... NO CROWDS...

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JUST A FEW PEOPLE AS WE WERE LEAVING ...

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SOME OLD ENGLISH HOUSES & POPPIES ALL OVER THE PLACE ...

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THIS GIRL IS MAKING FIRE ....

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NOW WE GET SOME SHOP TIME. HOW ON EARTH ARE THEY GOING TO GET THAT THROUGH CUTOMS?

& THAT'S IT FOR STONEHENGE ... MAD MAX GAVE US PLENTY OF TIME HERE. NO RUSH, NO PANIC...

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LOTS OF ARMY IN THIS AREA SO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR TANKS ..

ONE OF THE FAMOUS WHITE HORSES WHICH I ALWAYS ASSUMED WERE MADE BY CUTTING TURF AND REVEALING THE CHALK UNDERNEATH. NOT TRUE FOR THIS ONE. THE ARMY DROP LOTS OF CHALK ON THE HILL & CHILDREN TREAD IT INTO SHAPE ... APPARENTLY!

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A BROWN HORSE ..

& A WHITE HORSE WITH A CHALK ONE ON THE HILL ...

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WE MADE A SIDE TRIP THROUGH THIS TINY VILLAGE ... THAT'S A SARCEN STONE ON THE LAWN

AND YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO JUST MAKE OUT THE FIGHTING RABBITS ON THE THATCHED ROOF ... IT'S THE THATCHERS TRADE MARK

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AND THE VILAGE HAS THIS PUB ALTHOUGH I DID NOT SPOT THE ACTUAL PUB

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COMING UP TO THE STONES AT AVEBURY

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WHERE, UNLIKE STONEHENGE, YOU CAN REACH OUT & TOUCH THE STONES.

AND WALK ABOUT AMONG THEM, TREADING CAREFULLY TO AVOID BEING IN DEEP DO DO.

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THIS GROUP WERE SITTING IN A CIRCLE, HOLDING HANDS - COMMUNING WITH SOMEONE OR OTHER .....

THE STONES LIE ON EITHER SIDE OF THE QUAINT VILLAGE ....

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SOMEONE DID A LOUSY JOB OF SHEARING THE SHEEP ....

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PERHAPS THEY HAD SPENT A FEW HOURS IN HERE ....

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WE ASKED A COUPLE OF GUYS WHY THEY THOUGHT THE TREES WERE DECORATED - SUMMER SOLSTICE WAS THEIR GUESS..

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ANOTHER SARCEN STONE ACTING AS A FENCE POST .. NOTE THE BARN IS THATCHED ....

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A FLEETING GLIMPSE OF A WHITE HORSE ..

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BEFORE GETTING TO LAYCOCK VILLAGE ...

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AND IT'S ABBEY ... WHERE SOME OF HARRY POTTER WAS FILMED ....

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THE GUIDE TOLD US A STORY ABOUT A WINDOW IN THIS BUILDING BEING THE FIRST SUBJECT FOR ANY PHOTOGRAPH EVER TAKEN. OR SOME SUCH.

AND THIS MAY BE THE WINDOW - OR NOT ...

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INSIDE THE ABBEY ...

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BACK TO LAYCOCK VILLAGE FOR A STROLL AROUND & A SAUSAGE ROLL.....

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A VERY PRETTY LITTLE VILLAGE ....

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& A HALF OF CIDER IN THE PUB. ANOTHER RED LION - THEY ARE POPULAR AROUND HERE...

GOOD JOB IT WAS ONLY A HALF - IT WAS VERY STRONG .

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THEN IT'S BACK ON THE VAN FOR OUR LAST STOP AT ANOTHER LITTLE VILLAGE CALLED CASTLE COOMBE .....

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JUST TIME FOR A QUICK STROLL ROUND TOWN .....

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NOT MANY PEOPLE HERE EITHER - ANOTHER GOOD JOB ON THE PART OF MAD MAX

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E R - NO LONGER IN USE - IS THAT PROPHETIC?

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& ANOTHER GLASS OF CIDER OUTSIDE THE LOCAL. QUITE GETTING TO LIKE THESE. VERY REFRESHING. THIS ONE WAS MANGO CIDER.

SITTING HERE I SPOKE TO A COUPLE OF GIRLS WHO HAD MANAGED TO GET HERE FROM BRUSSELS TODAY. AMAZING - CAME VIA BRISTOL AIRPORT. NOT SOMETHING I HAVE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT BEFORE.

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THIS IS THE VIEW FROM INSIDE THE PUB ....

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AND BACK TO BATH.

50 POUNDS WELL SPENT FOR THAT DAY OUT WITH MAD MAX TOURS

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - BATH & THE END OF THE TRIP


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SO - BACK TO WAITING OUTSIDE THE ROMAN BATHS TO SEE IF MY COUSINS WILL TURN UP.

I EXPECT SO, BUT AS I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TIME WE ARRANGED TO MEET, I HAVE ANOTHER THREE HOURS HERE.

HOPE I DON'T END UP LIKE THIS FELLOW ...

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NOT THAT IT'S AT ALL BAD. I SIT ON A BENCH WATCHING THE TOURISTS. LISTENING TO THE BUSKERS, CHATTING TO WHOEVER SITS NEXT TO ME.

THERE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH INSTRUMENTS GATHERED, OBVIOUSLY THE BUSKERS, TRYING TO SORT SOMETHING OUT. I ASK ONE WHAT IS GOING ON & HE TELLS ME THEY ARE APPORTIONING TIMES & PLACE FOR EACH ACT. THIS STOPS MORE THAN ONE ACT BEING AT THE SAME PLACE TOGETHER. THEY EACH GET ABOUT 45 MINUTES AT EACH PLACE.

VERY CIVILIZED

I GOT TO SEE A LOT OF BUSKERS DURING THE COURSE OF MY TWO DAY WAIT HERE & DROP A COIN IN EACH OF THEIR HATS. SOME ARE REALLY VERY GOOD.

ONE LADY SITS DOWN & IT TURNS OUT SHE IS WAITING FOR A FRIEND FROM PERU WHO IS TOURING INSIDE THE BATHS. SHE GETS A BIT CONCERNED HE HAS GOT LOST WHEN HE DOES NOT SHOW FOR A WHILE BUT EVENTUALLY HE TURNS UP.

ANOTHER LADY FROM NORTHAMPTON IS ALSO WATING FOR FRIENDS TOURING THE BATHS. THEY ARE FROM CANADA.

A COUPLE OF GIRLS IN A SCHOOL GROUP FROM CROATIA ARE NOT GOING TO SEE THE BATHS AS THE TEACHER SAYS IT IS TOO DEAR. ALL THIS WAY & NOT GOING INSIDE - TOO BAD.

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TEACHERS NEVER LOOKED LIKE THIS IN MY DAY.

THERE IS A SCHOOL GRADUATION SERVICE GOING ON IN THE ABBEY .... HUNDREDS OF SCHOOL KIDS ON THEIR LAST DAYS AT SCHOOL.

LITTLE GIRLS PEAL OFF THEIR BLAZERS & SCRIBBLE NOTES ON THEIR PURE WHITE BLOUSES - "SEE YOU NEXT YEAR", "MISS YOU ALREADY"

LITTLE BOYS DRESSED LIKE JUST WILLIAM. SCHOOL CAP & BLAZER, NHS SPECTACLES, SHORT TROUSERS, KNEE SOCKS - ONE UP ONE DOWN, SHINING THEIR SHOES ON THEIR SOCKS

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BUT FINALLY THE WAITING COMES TO AN END AND THE COUSINS ARRIVE, WITH MARGARET A SPOUSE IN TOW, & WE HEAD INTO THE BATHS.

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MARGARET WAS ONLY HERE THE PRIOR WEEK SO SHE IS MY GUIDE.... THE STATUES ARE NOT REALLY OLD, SHE TELLS ME.

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A SLAVE - WE WILL CHAT WITH HER LATER ...

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BATH WATER .....

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THE SLAVE SHOWING US HER BOX OF COSMETICS .....

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THE SLAVES' MISTRESS WITH THE COUSINS, RICK AND A SLICE OF BILL - AND MARGARET.

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THE MISTRESS TOLD MARGARET HER HAIR WAS 'SO LAST YEAR'. MEANING 48 AD.

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JUST BEFORE WE LEFT WE HAD A SIP OF THE MINERAL WATER.

IT IS WARM & FOUL - NO WONDER THE ROMANS LEFT.

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WELL THAT WAS FUN. NOW FOR A HOHO BUS TOUR AROUND BATH ....

THE JANE AUSTIN CENTER AGAIN ...

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BILL - & 'THE CIRCLE'

AFTER A NICE LUNCH & THE HOHO & A NICE VISIT, THE COUSINS HEAD OFF HOME.

I HAD MANAGED TO SMACK MY HEAD GETTING OFF THE HOHO. A BIT OF A TRICK AS IT IS AN OPEN TOP BUS. PUT A DENT IN MY HEAD & A BIT OF BLOOD.

I HEAD OUT ON ANOTHER HOHO TO SEE THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY ...

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IT'S LOOKING A LITTLE FAMILIAR ....

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AND SOME OTHER SKIRTS OF THE CITY ....

THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THESE AREAS AROUND TOWN. BITS OF ASTRO-TURF WITH DECK CHAIRS ...

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THEN A COUPLE OF DAYS WITH MY SISTER ....

A VISIT TO THE LOCAL ...

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AND BYE TO MY GREAT NIECE & HOME

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SEEMS AN AWFUL LONG TIME SINCE I LEFT HOME.

CALLED IN AT ICELAND - UK - NORWAY - UK - HOLLAND - GERMANY - SWEDEN - ESTONIA - RUSSIA - FINLAND - LATVIA - LITHUANIA - DENMARK & THE UK AGAIN.

A MONTH AND A HALF. IT'S SOOOOOOOO NICE TO BE RETIRED

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