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    • Day 71

      Cold in Frome and dropped my phone!

      July 1, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Hi to all following the Camino here..sorry to say I have dropped my phone with quite a bang and now cannot send voice messages or talk back on phone calls.

      I am so mad with myself!! I will venture out later to find a repair place, fingers crossed, and see more of lovely Frome!! I have volunteered to help with the summer festival this week and hoping to meet more of the local artists, so excited, more later!

      Phone all fixed by lovely guy at Phone cell in a wee lane near the church...so many wee streets to explore in Frome and very friendly village.
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    • Day 72

      Frome Sunday Market !!

      July 2, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      So before I could go out today to the Sunday market, I made my intent to clean up the house. the rubbish, food scraps and paper cans and bottles had to go out for tomorrow morning, all in Separate containers!! We in Rotorua have a lot to learn!! So out came the vacuum cleaner, dusters and mops as well . So domesticated!!

      I made a big mistake by putting the plug down in the bathroom sink, and now can't move it up again!! Oh dear..so now I don't have a bathroom sink to use! And does anybody know how to get black marks off the bottom of a pot?? I left rice in it overnight and the bottom has dark chunks in it!! Who knew rice could do that?

      Housework done ..then I over watered one plant so had to do a quick clean up job there... The plant was on top of the piano so I did panic a wee bit that the piano may be ruined but on investigating, the water had only dripped down the outside, the cat was loving it!

      Housework done it was time to grab my walking poles and out the door to walk down that amazing hill to the town centre.

      Phew!! An amazing turn out for the Frome market today. One could hardly move at times, the streets really humming with crowds, no, throngs, of folk making their way down Catherine's street to the market place at the bottom of the hill.

      ....it was very slow, arduous going on the cobbled street, made especially more hazardous by dogs on leashes moving away from their owners... Prams for one and prams for two, ...families walking side by side...holding hands stopping for a kiss or two or to browse at yet another stall. Phew, what a triumph for this wee town,

      There were stalls of crafts, jewellery, paintings, prints, t towels, carry bags, smoked stuff, baked stuff, pickles jams, wooden things, everything and more ... International food stalls, and shops quite quirky, all touting for business. Dogs barking, fighting, babies calling out, older children excited, teens excited, mums xnd dad's exorting children to be patient!! It was very very busy!

      I was glad to get home and try some of the vegan food delicacies I had bought and enjoy some quiet time. Leaving through my journey so far, I became nostalgic for my Spanish Camino and looked back on the stamps I had gained and some photos and videos... I hope everyone enjoys. Xx❤️💖
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    • Day 74

      Explore Frome's medievil street & river

      July 4, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Walking down Catherine Hill and then up "Cheap Street" where the drain still exists in this medievil street its hard to imagine what it must have been like all those years ago back to the 16th Century when Kind Henry the third was here and trading??

      The rain has cooled th hiings down a bit making it very pleasant to walk today so I'm going to follow the river path on the Frome Walkway.
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    • Day 77

      Stourhead (Pride and Prejudice location

      July 7, 2023 in England ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Today my new friend Carey drove me to Stourhead. Some of these stately homes are only reachable by car, so it was very kind of her to offer to take me. I think she enjoyed the trip out as well.

      It was wonderful, the day was perfect for wandering around an old estate which is still lived in by one of the original family members, who apparently just cordoned off the kitchen while guests pile through her very elaborate home. It is just stunning, the effort that went into it's conception is incredible, back in the 1770s. The original family member Mr Hoare, having travelled extensively in Europe came home to England and commissioned it.

      The furniture is original as well!! The place has been used in various tv movies, series the most famous being Pride and Prejudice
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    • Day 83

      Shearwater Lake Wiltshire

      July 13, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Today Carey picked me up from home and took me to see Shearwater lake based on the acreage of the family Longleat. Carey told me that "old Lord Longleat" had let the place run down a bit and would give anything to anyone who asked. Since he passed apparently his son has taken it over and really ramped it up to make money. The lake is very tranquil and apparently has a plug with which to empty it??

      Shearwater is a man-made freshwater lake near Crockerton village, about 2+1⁄4 miles southwest of the town of Warminster in Wiltshire, England. The lake is formed from a tributary of the River Wylye. It is within the Longleat Estate and is one of five lakes of various sizes. (From Wikipedia).

      It is just beautiful, a tranquil lake surrounded by forest. Carey was to tell me she has been describing me to her friends as " a warm comfortable cushion to sit on" 🤣 I have been told I'm a lot of things but this takes the ticket!! Made me laugh and be very delighted!
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    • Day 84

      Glastonbury, Chedder and Nunney Castle

      July 14, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

      In the pouring rain we, Carey my new friend from frome and I, got soaked through while meandering along Glastonbury streets. I had wanted to go in to explore the Abbey, however at a 12 pound price tag, I decided to forego the drippy pleasure, instead browsing the Abbey shop. It was full of Arthurian treasures, swords, t shirts, miniature knights, fairies etc ...here is a link https://www.glastonburyabbey.com/glastonbury-ab…

      I just don't have space to pack lots of paraphernalia.... We wandered up along streets and alley ways, found a vegan cafe for lunch, then back to the car onward to Chedder.

      What an amazing gorge and contrast to the commercialisation in Glastonbury. We saw the cheese factory and viewed from the dry shelter of the car..grateful for it.

      On the way home Carey suddenly decided we weren't finished yet and, making a speedy left turn, we were on our way to Nunney castle, a beautiful 1300s built castle complete with moat. Just the thing little girls and boys dream of where to imagine being princesses and knights.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Frome, Frōm, Фрум, فروم، سامرست, 弗罗姆

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