Stonehenge. It really was fabulous. How on earth did they actually move these great monoliths when we have trouble doing it today with all our technology?!
Their engineering expertise was amazing. They shaped
a point on the top of the vertical pillars, plus a hollow in
the horizontal stones so they sat on top without falling.
But WHY???? No one seems to know. It is truly incredible.
A really beautiful gothic cathedral. Made special for
us because the choir came in to rehearse while we
This is the baptismal font. Amazing eh? The reflections were stunning from every angle. The blue dots are coins.
Some of the decorations on the arches within the cathedral.
The Cathedral is home to a renowned children's choir. This is the Bumping stone. The depression on the right has been made over the centuries by the initiation of new boys who have auditioned and been accepted into the choir. When a young boy is added to the choir, they have to come onto the church and bump their head on this stone. Girls are now included into the choir but they have a different initiation ceremony.
On our way to Bath, we stopped in the small historical town of Bradford on Avon.
Walking the narrow windy streets we came across houses like this. I think you could stand in the middle of the room and touch the walls on either side!! Quaint and beautiful.
This church dates back to the Saxons. It was incredible.
After taking the photo, we turned to walk along the footpath and saw a strange creature, about the size of a squirrel running away from two adults at the other end of the street, and running straight towards us! As it came within a couple of metres, it stopped, went whoops more humans, scampered across the road and disappeared into the church grounds. Apparently it was a stoat, and it's very rare to see one. Lucky us.
So this is Loch Master Burns. It was interesting to see a loch gate, unfortunately we just missed seeing it in action, but as we didn't have time to wait while it filled up, it was just as well!
We're now in Bath. I am standing looking over the Roman
bath, with the Bath cathedral in the distance. We spent hours
reading and taking in Roman history. It was fascinating.
Avesbury. The Sitting Room, my favourite room, done in Art Deco period. Fabulous eh!
Ffion and I enjoying the Tudor room.
I am now in the dining room. the wall paper was all hand painted to depict the life and travels of Lord Avesbury. I'm sitting in the exercise chair. Apparently you did't go outside and walk around the beautiful gardens to get exercise. You sat on this chair and bounced up and down.
The leather seat housed a padded cushion under which were strong springs. Incredible!!
I am now in the bedroom done in Queen Anne style. Very opulent. The walls were panelled wood that had been painted to look as if the walls were marble. Red marble in this case. Apparently this was the vogue during this period of history, to make the room look more expensive. The decor in this room was done up to show what it was like during Queen Anne's time. She was supposed to stay here on her way to Bath, so a room was made ready for the Royal visit. In the end she didn't stay. The bed was very soft and a small room beyond would have housed the ladies in waiting and the travel trunks. Not nearly as opulently decorated.
Dame Edna would be very proud of these beauties. The were gorgeous, Darlings.
So Avesbury has a ring of stones too.
No one knows, why or what for, but as you see they were huge. Remember one third of their size was buried in the ground!!
One of the beautiful cottages still left in the village.
Lunch at Carol & Richard Smith's. Friends we met while living in Thailand.
Note their fabulous back yard. A stream runs along the back. They do all the work maintaining their little oasis. It was so peaceful and beautiful.
After lunch with these fine folk, we drove to Llandovery to stay for a couple of nights and explore some of Wales. I'll leave that for the next blog.