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The Shoe and the Folly.

On Monday we went to Bath and it was amazing. It started out with a good omen, as far as Phil was concerned, with the appearance of a Southgate shopping centre next to the bus stop we alighted at. For the uninitiated Southgate is Sylvania�s pinnacle shopping experience and the location of Phil’s first job. Let just say he was rather pleased.

In the end we didn’t actually end up seeing much of the town as far as far as the attractions were concerned, much to my aunts chagrin, but that�s because we did spend 2 hours in the roman bath museum in the centre of town. We cam out well steeped (or soaked if you will) in roman history and after "taking the waters" just a little eggy smelling. The museum is we worth visiting with amazing carvings of the roman gods the baths were associated with 2000 years ago.

In the cold plunge room there is a large pool which has become a wishing well which does not discriminate on the origins of currency. Noticeably present at the bottom of the pool were also several debit/credit cards.

Obviously taking the paper or plastic to the next level – to bargain with the powers that be. But ultimately we followed suit and threw in our coins to make our deal with fate.

Outside we ate a Sally Lumm Bun (Shop circa 1482, Sally Lumm circa 1680) another apparently world famous delicacy (read: its a giant white bread roll much like an oversized maccas bun sans sesame seeds cross brioche).

In the Bath Abby we found Australia's first governor general Arthur Philip was interred, complete with Australian Flag. An interesting thing about the Abby is the ladder <que Phil singing stairway to heaven> on the outside on either side of the front entrance, with angels climbing to heaven.. and noticeably one climbing down.

We walked through Victoria (or was it Georgian?) parks and through the Bath Circus (a circle of terrace housed surrounding a roundabout with 5 large trees) and on to the costume museum and assembly rooms where Jane Austen used to frequent for dances.

weirdest thing today
Michelle you would be shocked/proud as on the way home Phil mentioned that he would be keen to see the Jane Austen museum!!

Moving on to Tuesday we traipsed around the Cotswolds, well actually we were ferried by my aunt Jean and uncle Robin. Who showed us a land from the past filled with tiny stone towns with tributaries running through them. The doors, on the whole, were tiny. The charm of each of the little towns was immeasurable. I had a white beer at the White Hart (C 1553 – the pub not the beer :p) in front of an open fire in Ford. The pub had a river running under it and was a magic spot.

We socialised with ducks in Bideston and visited the Abby garden in Malmesbury, made famous for not only the largest variety of roses in England (over 2000 – originally a millennium project) but also for its excentric owner gardeners whom are what�s called Natralists. They hold clothes optional days twice a year in the exquisite gardens. 😉 Another highlight was Castle Coombe a village with no TV aerials nor road markings which has been used for filming BBC’s Pride & Prejudice and Harry Potter!

Weirdest thing today: Passing through towns called “The Folly” and “The Shoe”. I wonder if the children’s rhyme comes from here.. �there was an old woman who lived in A Shoe�.. 😉

Wednesday we 'hung' with my aunt Irene and unkle Alan and started the day by heading to sandy beach on the shores of the Bristol channel. Now "sandy beach" gives one a certain impression of what one will find at the end of the line.. that is not a sign saying "Warning Sinking mud".

After the quaint, not so, sandy beach we headed to Western Super Mare (also commonly known as "western on mud") but arrived at high tide (my aunt had checked the tides on telly text apparently) so there was no mud to be seen. Western Super Mare has donkeys! I remember a book from my childhood which really romanticised the donk rides along the beach, I think it may have even been from the perspective of a donkey. But I did hold back the urge and we strolled along the pier (giant by Australian standards and ending in arcade game heaven for 12 year olds).

There are so many “old fashioned” lolly shops round the place I ducked into one to have a look and ended up with a bag of mixed bon bons and a bag of apple sours to try. We ended up sampling the lollies whilst Walking round “Jill�s Garden” a TV presenter who was murdered a few years ago and originated from WSM. We also found a planter dedicated to Lady Diana.

Clevedon was great. It has an amazing old pier perched out over the sea and my favourite place of the day.

Comments

Comment from Phil
Time: April 6, 2006, 10:26 am

Hi Mum.

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My thoughts coming as soon as I can get them together.

Comment from K
Time: April 7, 2006, 2:59 am

You just did the 'Getaway' route that Catriona Rowntree did on the show just last night – she went to bath, castlecomb and laycock 🙂
Beautiful drive…Weston Super Mare is cool when they have that music festival!! You may notice the weird english trend that surrounding every beach/bay that you go to is a whole raft of amusement parlours…I'm assuming it is to keep people interested in 'going to the beach' even when it's raining!!!

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