April - August 2016
  • Day110

    Travelling to St Ives .

    August 3, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Tin miner fisherman and 15 gold coins on Cornish flags. Laughing at white van drivers who seem to be notoriously bad drivers . . . . Castle freight plane in forecourt. Cornwall is a very hilly area with lots of wide open spaces. Lots of wind farms. Cornwall has always been a county not a shire. Just passed a sign saying Bodmin . Unfortunately we are heading in a different direction. We actually skirt it. Jamaica Inn is on this moor.

    St Ives is a town of little narrow streets with cobbled stones, aged by many feet. The beach was ringed by a break water and lined with shops selling food from fish and chips to pasties. Ice cream shops fudge and trinket places along with chemist and clothes. All seem to be run from little places about room size. Found it intriguing and just as you would imagine but crowds definitely not fun. Glad to have been, seen eaten pasties and clotted cream ice cream.
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  • Day110

    Boat trip in Plymouth

    August 3, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    What a great day to do this short cruise. A very interesting commentary. The navy hold lots of this land and we got to see the naval vessels including submarines . My photos are on the phone and have to be loaded to cloud. From here we head St Ives.Read more

  • Day109


    August 2, 2016 ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

    Home to prison holding dangerous prisoners. Ponies on moorland are famous as are Brecon ponies.

  • Day109

    Heading to Plymouth

    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Back on the causeway made from stones from the abbey. Six hundred years ago this land would be a marsh land with secret tracks through. Imagine the pilgrims finding their way to the Abbey. 1685 Charles ii died and eldest illegitimate son rebelled. Was Duke of Monmouth. Lost battle. Beheaded before portrait painted. Had to get parts together to repaint!

    Lovely villages being passed by. This area had severe flooding a few years ago and they are in some cases just recovering.
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  • Day109


    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Deemed very special. Joseph of Aramathea said to come here to get tin. Tomb found of Arthur and Gunivere. Became a place of pilgrimage. Travelling through sedge marsh. Henry 8th destroyed most heritage of any king. Glastonbury Abbey destroyed at this time.Read more

  • Day109


    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    This ancient city of baths is a fascinating place . You get to wander around the old bath areas, see sauna and spa used by both the English in Jane Austin times and by the Romans.

  • Day109


    August 2, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Took photo of Cardiff Park, now renamed. Did self tour of Cardiff Castle. The rooms were so ornately decorated. I have bought a book on the castle which shows this. Also went up the Keep which is on the original sight of the Norman Castle built about 1081. The present one is from around 1700s. It was raining lightly for the afternoon and we have had a break at the hotel before heading out to Welsh Folk evening. Dinner included.Read more

  • Day108

    On the way to Cardiff

    August 1, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We are back tracking slightly today on our way to Cardiff. The scenery is very reminiscent of new Zealand in many ways. Sheep, fields and green. Trees line the roadways though and you are often driving through their darkening shelter. The roads wind their way through countryside interspersed with homes. The odd village is passed by. We stopped for morning tea at a little village off the tourist track called Builyth Wells. Quaint with narrow streets, and shops right on the pavement. Very few of the shops have awnings or similar shelter from showers. Found a lovely tea place and got myself "cream tea" which is clotted cream with jam, butter and sugar served on lovely plate and china tea pot. People seem so friendly and helpful.Read more