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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 […]

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 […]

New roads, new adventures – exploring Bath – part 5

Posted on September 30, 2017 by Sioux under General

  A trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the city’s namesake – the ancient Roman Baths. Taking my usual stroll along the banks of the Avon and a slightly different route through the city, I was hoping I would get some ‘steamy water’ photos at the baths, but unfortunately due to […]

New roads, new adventures – exploring Bath – part 4

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Sioux under General

  Since the year 757 a church has stood on the site of the Bath Abbey and in 973 the first King of England, King Edgar was crowned here. Bath being a Roman city, the Abbey, built in 1499, is a latecomer. It is one of the largest examples of perpendicular gothic architecture in the West Country. As it was […]

New roads, new adventures – exploring Bath part 3

Posted on September 24, 2017 by Sioux under General

  An early morning out, as I was headed into the city. There were a few clouds above, but loads of blue sky and I was taking full advantage as there was a lot I wanted to see. Taking my usual path under the Twerton viaduct, alongside the Avon, I wandered my way into the […]

New roads, new adventures – exploring Bath part 2

Posted on September 21, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I awoke to heavy skies and rain on my second day in Bath, but by mid-morning it had abated enough to allow the sun to come peeking out through still heavy clouds. I took full advantage and walked to the botanical gardens in The Royal Victoria Park. Tempting as the local watering hole was, I […]

New roads, new adventures – exploring Bath part 1

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Sioux under General

  With no work on the horizon for the next 18 days, I booked a one week trip to Bath, a city I had wanted to explore for some time; the allure being the old Roman baths. I stayed in an ‘airbnb’ so didn’t have to worry about not being in for meals, I could […]

New faces, new places part 3 – going back in time!

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Sioux under General

  I was given the car and an afternoon off, to explore the area. Stopping first at The Lacock Rectory which was built in 1866. There was no one around so I only got photos of the outside. The original floor tiles, stained glass windows and an ecclesiastical bell have all been well maintained and […]