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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford October 11th 2022

After our usual lovely breakfast (yes, Heinz beans again), we hopped in the car and headed south to Bletchley Park. Unfortunately, almost 2 hours into the drive, I realized I left myKindle behind! This led to a mad scramble to contact the castle to make no arrangements to have it posted to us at our last stop in London. It should all work out - fingers crossed! Having read about Bletchley Park (on the aforementioned Kindle), this was a highlight of our trip for me. I was looking forward to seeing where the code breaking all took place and where women were able to play such an important role in the war effort. It did not disappoint. Not only did the historical society do a great job with the restoration and displayed, the site itself was ... read more
Cottage where Alan Turing and this team developed the Bombe machine to crack Enigma
Room in one of the huts where the women code breakers worked on manually deciphering messages. .
Our AirBNB on second floor.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire August 16th 2022

Been planning, been training, been undergrounding, been escalating, been lifting, been walking and really been enough. We are both ready for the last car trip into Simonsbath and it’s that not far away. Just waiting for our train and because McScrooge booked the cheaper non-transferable ticket we have actually seen a train depart that could have taken us to Taunton and to our new mum and dad. But it did give me time to Facechat Lee and because I haven’t had time to do anything wrong or misbehave in any way I’m at least temporarily in the good books. It was 28 real degrees (not those American ones, Capt Matt) here at 7 o’clock in the morning. Bizarre. The locals don’t think it will last and I’m hoping it won’t! We are prepared for rain and ... read more
Waiting for the train to Taunton.
From the window of our room at Sandy and Francis’s Rose Cottage.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Oxford May 14th 2022

After our night in Stratford, and some difficulty finding a place for dinner without prior reservations, we set out early to see the Shakespearean sights. There is evidence of Roman settlements in the general area of the town, and then subsequently the area was inhabited by the Britons and then the Anglo-Saxons. It was an important place to ford the Avon River (Stratford = street ford). In 1196 the king granted the town the right to hold a regular market, and this designation as a market town allowed it to assume greater local prominence. Located on the north fringe of the Cotswolds with its large sheep production, Stratford naturally became a center for tanning. A side effect was the emergence of various trades using the tanned hides. One such trade was glove-making, and one of the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Banbury April 6th 2022

Day 1 Woke up early . We are not due on the tunnel until tomorrow but Gabby is all packed up ready to go. She has been washed and provisioned . Although the provisioning did not take long due to the new Brexit rules whereby we cannot take dairy back into the EU. It feels odd to have nothing in the fridge and the larder very . We made a late decision to head off south on the day before our train crossing and booked one night at Fir Tree Falconry . The lady who took the booking offered us a night for £15 . I should have remembered that we I got there but I didn't . Too much on my mind . The neighbour was looking after the cat for us and Sunday driving ... read more
The view from Gabby
Gabby hiding close to a caravan

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Burford February 5th 2021

http://www.heygo.com 5th February- Burford We started our tour by the three arched medieval bridge over the River Windrush Burford was one of the first towns to receive a Market Charter. Cotswold sheep were known as the basis of the English wool trade and were nicknamed ‘Cotswold Lions’ for their shaggy long coats that had a hint of golden tone. The Cotswolds was famous for being one of the largest outputs for wool during Medieval times. We made our way down the High Street with ancient houses, pubs and shops on both sides of the street. As we walked our guide told the story about the hotel frequented by King Charles and Nell Gwynn. Unlike Charles' other mistresses, Nell never received a title herself, but she obtained a title for her son. When Charles Beauclerk was six ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Bicester January 1st 2021

Sometimes things are better done the second time around. Sometimes we need to redo something in order to get a better result, because the first time did not pan out the way it was planned. As they say, If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. We are all only human and no one gets it right the first time every time. So, for me its travel 2.0, quarantine 2.0, regaining myself and my heart 2.0 and blog 2.0. Normal people do a singular 180 to turn their life around and generally seem to hold it there. Well, it appears that this is not my style. It turns out that for me life is a series of dizzying pirouettes. This time I will commit to traversing my life on a roller coaster instead of the ... read more
Machu Picchu
Great Salt Lakes of Bolivia
Vietnam Ha Long Bay

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire September 19th 2019

So, now was the time to earn my paycheck. I was in England for a training session for a new program, near one of our main offices in Wallingford. The session was held at Jesus College at Oxford University, one of 38 colleges that make up the University. It was very nice and in a way, I think it helped our focus. At the time, students were still on break, so I think there were a few other companies holding sessions at the college and we were all accommodated in individual dorm rooms. I wish I had this room in college! I had a nice comfy double bed, my own small bathroom, and plenty of desk and storage space, as well as a mini fridge where I kept a few snacks and drinks. I patted myself ... read more
Jesus College at Oxford University
Harry Potter style dining
Punting

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Henley-on-Thames September 13th 2019

13 September 2019, Friday Day 12 on Thames Path. Reading to Henley-on-Thames, day 28 of travel We left the Crowne Plaza hotel around 0830 and walked a little over a mile to the Tesco superstore where we had breakfast at the cafe inside. I had told Jo, Norma and Karen it was a short 7.5 mile day. It turned out to be more than 11.5. We started at the Caversham bridge and passed a footbridge over the Thames. This is a suspension bridge with a single structural tower and cables to the abutments that support the bridge deck. Then the bicycles started flying by. A duck on the shore was resting on one leg. Jo commented the duck was doing Pilates. Our own bodies could use a good Pilates session. Today we are looking for the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Wallingford September 10th 2019

10 September 2019, Tuesday Abingdon to Wallingford day 10 on Thames Path, day 24 of travel. One misty, moisty morning When foggy was the weather We met with old friends Not dressed up in leather With apologies to this old nursery rhyme, we do join together for our morning walk. It is a very misty morning as we leave Cosenar's House for our 'daily constitution.' At Abington lock there is a demonstration of how the old wooden weir system worked on the locks. This we attempted to describe earlier when we talked to Steven, the lock keeper at Northmoor. The upper and lower weir paddles are shown and the bottom supports in the river bed. It takes a person in excellent shape to handle this system. The display, almost like an outdoor sculpture, was a tribute ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire » Abingdon September 9th 2019

9 September 2019, Monday Day 8 of Thames Path, Oxford to Abingdon, day 23 of travel. Our rest day in Oxford included many interesting things about this university town. Today we leave by heading back toward town to the bridge across the Thames at Abingdon Road. Here we pick up the Thames Path and start our walk on to Abingdon. Our breakfast was served at 7:30 which meant we got almost an hour earlier start than on prior days. The path is crowded with bicyclists and joggers and walkers heading into Oxford. The forecast for the day is for 50 to 60% chance of rain every hour, so we are prepared with our rain gear today. As we approach our first lock, Iffley Lock, our attention is drawn to the tower of a church. This is ... read more
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