We are here!

A short post to say that we arrived! The flight went well. We spent our first few days in Bath. We seemed to get over the jetlag quickly and had a good couple of days in Bath; we even went to the new Termae Spa and bathed in the natural hot springs.

Friday we picked up the car and drove up to the cottage in Nailsworth. The cottage is lovely and the location is perfect for us. We did our first visit to Waitrose for groceries. On Saturday the jetlag hit and we had a lazy weekend.

I wrenched my back on the travel day (probably the luggage!) so am trying not to sit too much until it is better. I got some great photos in Bath, including many of the famous “Ha Ha” at the Royal Crescent which I have seen several times before but never realized what it was. I also tried out my new Flip video camera in Bath.

The colors of the buildings and streets is very different in the winter. The details jump out more and the trees with no leaves and black trunks and branches are hauntingly beautiful.

The bad news: The Norovirus is sweeping through England, just like it does on a cruise ship (the vomiting illness). 100,000 people a week are getting it! Just reading about it makes me feel queezy.

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

6 thoughts on “We are here!”

  1. Hi Pauline and Steve,
    You are there. Congratulations! I hope you avoid the virus as that would not be a good way to spend your time there.

    What is the famous HA HA? We were there once, years ago, and I don’t remember anything about that.

    Oh–I went to sign in with Type Key and got the message that you have not signed up for that service and to let you know. So…now you know.

    Settle in, enjoy and drink lots of tea.

  2. A “Ha-Ha” is an invisible wall in a field. The houses in the Royal Crescent look out to a large field. They did not want the animals in the lower field to come up to the upper field, close to their houses, but they did not want the view spoiled by an ugly wall or fence. So they dig out a wall that you don’t see unless you are beside it. I will post a photo soon, but here is a Ha-Ha in Hidcote Gardens near Chipping Campden from an earlier trip.

  3. Pauline, I love the concept of the Ha Ha, and the name has always been a favorite. Wonder how they came up with it?

    Maybe “Ha Ha, fooled you!”

    Enjoying your blog! Gail Hecko

  4. Found this piece of education…
    Ha Ha(1712): this 18th-century garden feature consisted of a trench, the inner side perpendicular and faced with stone, the outer sloping and turfed, that was intended to allow the landowner an uninterrupted view of the countryside. It came from the French word haha ‘an obstacle interrupting one’s way sharply and disagreeably, a ditch behind an opening in a wall at the bottom of an alley or walk’. According to French etymologists the ha! is an exclamation of surprise – or could it be fear?

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