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Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces #6 – exploring magnificent mansions

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Built in the 17th century, a palace in all but name, Audley End House is a stately home of magnificent proportions, it is renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England; even the stable block has been described as one of the grandest surviving stables of the 17th century. The gardens, dating back to […]

Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces #5 – walkabout in town

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Sioux under General

  A walk (sans Fergus) across the fields took us into the town of Saffron Walden. During the Roman era, it was no more than a small settlement in what the Saxons called “Weala-denu” (Valley of the Britons). By 1806, an estate of 120 households is mentioned in the Domesday Book. In the 1130-40’s a […]

Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces #4 – time out

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Sioux under General

  We arrived at the monastery in the early evening, but as its light until late, it felt more like the early afternoon. Bags dumped in our rooms, the first priority was to take the caretaker’s dog, Fergus, for a walk. He’s a gorgeous Lab that loves chasing and fetching a tennis ball, so while […]

Into seclusion for the weekend!

Posted on October 21, 2017 by Sioux under Green Door

  A view with a history! A friend and I are spending the weekend in an old monastery which is used for religious or spiritual retreats, weekends away or conferences. As there are no bookings scheduled, we’ll be the only people at the monastery for the weekend. Complete peace and quiet for 3 whole days!  […]

Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces #3 – road tripping!

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Sioux under General

  The weekend arrived and we set off on our trip to Saffron Walden, with a stop-off in Thaxted for lunch. Described as “a jewel in the crown of Essex”, Thaxted is a quaint little country town with a recorded history dating back to before the Domesday Book, with the earliest record of a church […]

Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces #2 – exploring Chelmsford

Posted on October 15, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Chelmsford is new ground for me, so there was lots of exploring to do. My friend also had access to a monastery in Saffron Walden and we planned to spend a weekend there aswell as making time to go into Cambridge.    Chelmsford’s heritage began with the arrival of the Romans in 60 AD […]

Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces #1 – fun with friends

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Sioux under General

  With a week to spare before starting work again, I took up a long standing invite to spend some time with a friend her & her family. A very happy home to be in, I wasn’t sure who ruled the roost – humans or animals. Three red & white Irish setters certainly had the […]

Travel time – new spaces, friendly faces.

Posted on October 9, 2017 by Sioux under Green Door

  With another week before I start work again, I’m spending the time with a friend and her family in Chelmsford.   I’ve no doubt there’ll be loads of reminiscing, remembering a good friend no longer with us, perhaps some tears, lots of laughter but definitely some good times! She has 3 Irish Setters so […]

New door, new view, same family

Posted on October 6, 2017 by Sioux under Green Door

  A long weekend with my niece and her fiancé in their new home brings to 58 the number of new beds I have slept in and new places I have called home, albeit just for a night or 3!   Loads of catching up to do in their lovely new home with its little […]

New roads, new adventures – exploring Bath – the final

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Sioux under General

  My last trip in Bath was a day visit to Prior Park Landscape Gardens, a 57 acre site in a steep-sided valley, overlooking the city. Initially the site of a deer park in the 1100’s, the park fell into disrepair and the deer escaped. It was bought in the 1720’s and landscaped to complement […]

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