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April 2nd 2017
Published: April 7th 2017
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The Thames.The Thames.The Thames.

Lunch time on the banks of the Thames.
We arrived at Heathrow last week and went to Stephanie and Robin's new house in Romford, London to spend a couple of nights before heading south to Corsham, near Bath. So nice to catch up with the two of them and see their house which they only moved into a few weeks ago. A nice evening spent catching up then up early to catch the train, then tube, in to Oxford St, London to meet up with Terri Seamark from Kirkcaldie's days for a catch up. We had coffee and scones while we talked and Di went of to look around a couple of shops while Terri and I caught up with any gossip we knew and then the 3 off us went and did a bit of shopping in Oxford St. Terri left Di and I to spend the rest of the day looking and shopping. Can't believe it, we spent the whole day in Oxford St before getting the tube to Liverpool St to meet up with Stepanie, Robin and Sue to walk to a little Italian restaurant that was very very nice. Magic little restaurant called Enoteca Super Tuscan Italian Wine Bar and Kitchen in Artillery Passage, not

Regarding the Severn River.
far from Liverpool Station. Nice atmosphere and service with great food. We had a great meal then headed to a lovely pub for a couple of after dinner drinks before getting the train home. Lovely night.

Tuesday we headed off with Stephanie and Robin around the M25 before heading across to Marlow, near the Thames. We had arranged to meet Helen at a really nice pub/restaurant called The Great House for lunch. Di and I, along with Viv and Charlie had stopped here for refreshments while cruising the Thames in August 2015. We remembered it as being a great setting and it proved to be right. After a good lunch Stephanie and Robin set off back to London and we headed off to Pete and Helens were we will be staying until after Easter.

So far I have walked a fair bit in this lovely countryside{ which I love } and had a good relaxing time here and while it is still not really warm the sun has been shining and so we have had some lovely visits to a few of the villages. Bradford on Avon is a magic village that we haven't visited before and we

Fascinating to watch when the big surge comes through.
will return here to do a couple of walks along the Avon.

We have returned to walk and look around Badminton were they are setting up tents and jumps for the coming Badminton Horse Trials. This annual event is huge with in excess of 250,000 people attending. Unfortunately, we will miss it. Badminton is the estate and spectacular residence of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort.

We went to a natural event that happens at the River Severn Estuary where, when the tide turns there is a huge surge up the river which is very spectacular.

While here we always spend time in Bath, one of my favourite cities to visit and Di loves the shopping. Pip/Rod

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Bradford on Avon.Bradford on Avon.
Bradford on Avon.

A beautiful village with lots of walks.
Impressive Residence.Impressive Residence.
Impressive Residence.

Badminton House surrounded by an absolutely amazing landscape. A great place to walk.

In a few weeks horses and people will be every where.
The Root House.The Root House.
The Root House.

A mid seventies structure where a hermit lived, made entirely of wood, roots, branches. Facinating place in a great setting.
Having a RestHaving a Rest
Having a Rest

Pippy sits on Di's lap while we have a rest at the Root House.

7th April 2017

We've been watching a British detective series...
Midsomer Murders, which takes place in Corsham and surrounding villages. So enjoy the English countryside!

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