Blogs from Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom, Europe

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Leaving Calke Abbey we felt full to bursting. The National Trust kitchens and tea rooms always deliver a decent meal made with fresh and inventive products at a reasonable price in particular nice settings. . We felt though still a bit frustrated that we had failed to see the house in its full un-stately condition. Oh well you win some and you miss others. There is so much to see so perhaps we will get back one day. The Park with its tranquil and welcoming grounds. Ticknall Limeyards where there are the remains of the lime burning industry; the Tramway built between 1799 and 1802 which linked the new canal with the Limeyards; the reservoirs and ponds. But we were moving just down the road to the next county of Leicestershire and to the town of ... read more
The hunting tower
The castle tower
More remains from the castle


Breakfast in the Travelodge and then on the bikes and we were off - a little later start today about 10am and to be honest the views and scenery not quite as luxurious as yesterday. In short the route we were taking was through the middle of the major conurbations of Birmingham and Coventry so whilst patches of good views, not really too much to report. A little bit on Pat who I know through playing football for Polytechnic in London - I have known him I think since about 1986 so a fair old time and his enthusiasm for all things is to be commended and is catching. I have a footballing friend called Pat Who can swamp you with his chat From family to politics he is very enthusiastic Everything is real and nothing ... read more


Thursday 1st March proved to be an eventful day, especially for Graham. Today was the day he was to drive the car back to Mansfield for it to be stored in the new shed that he and Mark had started building last week. We had left the caravan still in its “camping” position as, when we left Mansfield on Monday, the weather was poor and we didn’t want to put a wet caravan into storage. Graham and Mark thought they’d be able to do that this morning when both car and caravan would be dry enough to deal with. Graham had planned an early departure (about 6:30am) to make sure he arrived in Mansfield at a good time to get all of the preparations done. However, when he awoke to use the loo at about 5:00am ... read more
It's lovely to be 'home'
King prawns for starters - delicious farewell meal prepared by Daphne
Daphne and Micky




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