It will be three weeks on Monday since we left and I have not posted a single blog entry! I have been taking notes and writing up pages for the website (new England content!), but have not had a good place to work on the computer until now.
We spent our first week in Bath and LOVED it! The apartment was great – just behind the Royal Crescent in an historic building – and there was lots to do in town. We obsessed over the Kennet & Avon Canal and walked most of it from Bath to Bradford on Avon, then saw all the locks at Devises. I am almost done a page on this canal for SlowTrav.
We met Gavin from the mboard, and his wife Cheryl and friend Jane for lunch the day after we arrived. It was wonderful to meet Gavin, who was as nice and interesting in person as he is online.
After our week in Bath, we drove up to Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. We are here for a month. The cottage is not perfect, but its location is. Winchcombe is now my favorite Cotswolds town. We got settled in, did a long hike one day and then Stephanie from Rome arrived (Webfabbrica on the mbooard). That was a week ago Thursday and she left this morning.
We had a wonderful week with her, but she is in great physical shape and I am a total wreck after a very busy last six months, so our days on the walking trails consisted of Steph and Steve skipping up the hills and me slogging up them. I made up for it on the downhill though – left them in my dust! We walked nearly every day, visited many tea shops, walked through beautiful villages, had many dinners out, had a lovely dinner out with Jonathan from the mboard and his wife Philippa, went to a great concert at the Pitsville Pump Room in Cheltenham which featured Jonathan on flute and Philippa was in the orchestra on Double Bass, but got a solo too!
We had two weeks of great weather, but the last week has had some rain. We got pretty muddy on some of the walks. We have access to a laundry room here which is really handy – because we come back soaked thru!
We are off to Surrey to spend the afternoon with Wendy and Richard (WendyAsh and Ricardo on the mboard)! More later – – but we are having a lovely time, getting good exercise, loving England (and thinking about spending more time here next year).