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Published: April 7th 2013
We had another try for Chipping Sodbury on Monday morning, freezing cold and blowing a gale we were able to see this beautiful village completely devoid of people. We then went to Tintern Abbey which is in Wales and almost had to drive to London when I got into the wrong lane. The UK is big on ruins.
Tuesday we went to Bath and walked for four hours , we saw the Jane Austen museum, the Bath Abbey the Royal Parade and lots of cobblestones. It took us one hour to get out of Bath because there was a traffic light being repaired.
Wednesday we went to Castle Combe which is a delightful village in the Cotswolds , and where several classic films were made.
On Thursday with great trepidation we set out for Tenby in Wales which took about five hours to cover the 200km , with lots of stops to see seaside villages, especially Portcowl. Tenby is a walled village with a Palmerston fort guarding it from the French or any others from the EEC.
We had to of course see the local small church which was the size of a large cathedral. We had
the most awful fish and chips there. The B and B was quite nice and offered a four poster bed (waste of space).
We came home through the middle of Wales whose hills were covered in snow, and were quite picturesque.
We miss the warmth of Bribie and our family but we are able to talk and see them on Skype, mobile phones here are very expensive as is public transport. Yate is surrounded by farmlands and we buy all our food at the local farm shop.
Gillian is enthralled by the stone buildings and we regret not having built our home in Bungendore from stones collected on our forty acres .( and would have just finished building the house by now, twenty five years later.)
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