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Whoops, a small mistake and . . .

We have a day in London! 😄 👍

After leaving our accommodation in North Cornwall, we had always planned to drive half-way to Heathrow and overnight somewhere in Somerset before completing our drive, overnighting at the airport and catching our flight to Paris on Thursday 8th. So we arrived at our Heathrow Holiday Inn a day early! On the afternoon of the 6th! Ooops! "We have your reservation Mr. T. however, it is for tomorrow night! 😬 Bugger! Travellers must be flexible. Within half an hour we had secured an extra night at the Holiday Inn and planned our 'bonus' day in London. We were going to 'do' The Tower Of London, a Thames cruise and some Oxford Street retail therapy. Here's a few photos of the day's endevours. Spot the Beefeater, the Queen's Guard and Bill Shakespere's Globe Theatre, where he 'made his name' = money and fame.

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Now that's it from Brit.

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Warwickshire and the Cotswolds 2

A little bit Shakesperean including Anne Hathaway's cottage, a Midsommernights Dream, the Avon River and some pretty odd houses and Jill's new friend?

Stratford Upon Avon sees quite literally millions of visitors. Fortunately for us when we were about the crowds were relatively small. The visit to Anne Hathaway's cottage was really good because there was a quide there who spent some time talking with us about Shakespere and his times. The cottage itself dates back to the 14C, although the building today is almost to what is was like in Shakespere's time.

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On a Friday evening we went to see the Royal Shakespere Company perform a Midsommernight's Dream. Set of course in Athens but it was the context setting in the 1950's that made it very different and certainly helped the humour side of things. Sorry no pics. We also did a boat tour on the Avon and this just reinforced what a brilliantly picturesque part of the world this area is.

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In our planning we had identified the Black Country Museum as a must to visit. The Museum is a bit like a walk back into the first half of the twentieth century, and the townscape has been restored, shops, streets, buses, trams etc. Gave a great insight into what is was like living in this tough mining area. Even the poms visiting were heard to remark how tough it must have been for their Grandparents who lived and raised families in these cramped and often cold livng conditions. Heating was by coal fires and so the coal dust was just everywhere. Many of the household items were familiar, eg green enamel utensils, stand alone kitchen dressers, bakelite radios and ashtrays! By the way the queues were all about getting fish and chips and Russell has been sampling consistently. His findings may well be the subject of a special report!

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And here's a few of the odd Elizabethan type houses, with thatched rooves and crooked walls, that are pretty common in this area,along with some photos that have not yet made into this blog. Note Jill's new 'love' interest, the very charming but evil, Sir Guy of Gisbourne.

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Next we move south to Cornwall, via Abergavenny, to seewhere the Banfield ancestors lived.

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Touring Warwickshire and the Cotswolds 1

And a bit of a 'folly', a ramble and back to the Slaughters and more . . .

We really enjoyed our stay in Warwickshire, the Cotswalds, Bidford on Avon etc. Always something to do. Sadly we did not get to do as much as we had hoped for and we were a bit stunned for a day or two after the UK dcided to leave the EU. Our accommodation was excellent and nicely located to get around and see the things of interested we had chosen before we left.

On the way to our chosen walk location we couldn't resist having a look at a sandstone tower prominent on the top of a hill. This was Broadway Tower and is referred to as a 'folly'. A sort of indulgence that has remained for several centuries and apart from providing magnifiicient views of the Cotswold landscapes was frequented by William Morris a well known designer, particularly on fabrics, which are still sold everywhere today.

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High on our list was a tradition English 'ramble'. Their are 'footpaths' all over the UK and rambling along them is a favourite British pastime. We chose a relatively short walk around a small village, Bourton on the Hill which was not too far from our accommodation. The walk we chose was through a working estate, Sezincote which also had an impressive manor house. Walking through the paddocks and generally having a 'sticky beak' was most enjoyable.

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On a previous visit we had visited a small village called Lower Slaughter and as it was not far from the location of our walk we went back to see if it was still as peacefull and quaint as we thought on our first visit. It was.

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Because of the lack of wifi at our accommodation, 'Trout Fry' blogging is slow, using public places and cafes so I will post this one and try to do another later today, Tuesday 5th here. We are off to Paris on Thursday.

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British Motor Museum 🚕🚌🚕🚔🚘🚖🚐🚓🚌🏎🚗

Where have all he Morris 8's gone? 😏 🚗

The visit to the British Motor Museum had been highly anticipated. Would I get to see the cars that were part of my experience living in Tasmania n the 50's and 60's? Yes, a few but not as many as I might have hoped. Managing expectations . . . . The Museum was beautifully organised and had lot's of history about the British car industry. One of the more interesting displays was contained in an arc on the perimeter of the building, which was circular in shape, with cars grouped from each of the decades of the 20C. There were 8 to 10 cars for each decade and they were placed on road surfaces consistent with what they may have travelled on. It was fascinating, all cars were in working order, beautifully presented even if there were oil leaks under some of them!

First a few 1950's classics; the Morris Minor 1000, then a magnificient Jaguar XK120, a classic Austin Atlantic A90 and the 'cyclops' Rover 75. We had a black Rover 75 when we lived at Yolla and 'unofficially' drove Mum to collect vegetables etc from nearby farms.

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This is a pre World War II MG SA, a model that may not have come to Australia. A very nice looking vehicle and quite a big car. Similarities to the MG Y Type are clear.

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And a special Jaguar or 3

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Here Jill is with a well known marque from the '50's, the Mayflower. Jill's Uncle Gordon had a Mayflower and she rembers it well.

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And a bit of Morris 'stuff'.

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That's it for the cars. We have left Warwickshire and are now n Cornwall. No wifi at our accommodation so future posts may be delayed. Doing this post in a National Trust Cafe in Boscastle. We are happy today, becase the sun is shining!

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Stratford upon Avon and couple of Cotswald villages

Enjoying the Cotswold landscapes

The travel from Rabat to our accmmodation at Bidford on Avon, just 10kms from Stratford upon Avon, took all of Tuesday. We left at 5.45am and arrived safely at Little Haven, the name of our small apartment at 8.15pm. Yes it was a long day. Nothing glamorous about the way we travel. Maybe First or Business Class and prestige style lounges could help but in the end you still have to "do the miles". Our accommodation is very comfortable and having everyone speak Englsh was an unexpected 'thrill'.

Little Haven...

When we arrived there was still plenty of day light. The day before, Monday 20th, was the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere! The Northern Summer Solstice. We were surprised at how green and lush the country was. And it seems very little hay has been cut, too wet at this stage, so long green grass everywhere, right up to the road edges. After taking our bags into to our cottage we quickly shot off to the nearby Pub, on the iconic Avon River for beer, wine, wing dings, fish and chips and a beef and stout pie. Yes, the pain of the day's travel was quickly behind us, forgotten.

Over the next day or so we had a bit of a look at the local Cotswold area, first to Chipping Norton, a fabulous old village with are marvellous old wood and stone market building that has been operating since 1627, quite amazing.

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Also close by was a town called Tewkesbury. Given we also have a Tewkesbury on the NW Coast a visit was a foregone conclusion. A great spot it was where we were able to buy great stuff from the local market: pork pies, stilton cheese, cherries, nectarines, apricots, etc all very much cheaper than our local prices athome. In fact we find prices for food, clothing and most other consumables either cheaper or about the same as in Australia. Roughly, $2AUD buys £1. After Brexit maybe slightly better.

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Next blog, a car museum. Eh? OK viewing not compulsory.

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