Thursday, August 28, 2014

Home From England

We've been gone the last couple of weeks, to England of course.  Because the trip is long, around 7 1/2 hours over and more than 8 back we flew First Class and it was wonderful.  Quite decent food, champagne as soon as we boarded, snacks all day long, a seat that reclined into a bed with a real pillow and comforter, it was great to be so pampered.
Miss Kitty trying to convince us not to go
Every seat is an aisle seat
And upon arriving at Heathrow we were each given a teeny, tiny hotel room to shower and clean up in.  We had its use for  2 hours at no charge.
Next we picked up our rental car, a Seat ( a Spanish car, but obviously related to the Nissan Versa we'd rented in Utah because it had very little get up and go, but it was really good on gas and that's a good thing because British gas is about
Mac settling in
$8.00 a gallon.
We rented a cottage in Black Bourton (in
Teeny, tiny hotel room

Oxfordshire near Bampton where they film the village scenes for Downton Abbey), Garden Cottage, that we'd rented once before.  It's a beautiful little cottage sitting in the grounds of Shilbrook Manor with its gorgeous gardens.
Garden Cottage

Part of the gardens
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and after offloading our bags (and we took way, way too many) we went for a walk to get the kinks out, stopping at what we called Pooh Bridge to race our Pooh sticks.
Pooh Bridge
On Saturday we went to Chipping Norton to do some antique shopping, I'll post about that later, and on Sunday Mac had booked us for a steam train ride that included lunch---Steam and Cusine--I've always wanted to travel on a steam train, rather like Hercule Poirot on the Orient Express, minus the murder of course.
Our steam train

 It was a bit of a drive from where we were staying so we left early and did fine until we hit the teeny, tiny roads, the home made diversion over a dirt and gravel road, the movie being filmed at the train station and other bits, but made it with about 10 minutes to spare.  Nice linen table cloths, a rather good white wine, salmon tartlet, Yorkshire pudding with every vegetable under the sun, dessert and coffee, we were stuffed.  It was exactly as I'd always pictured it.
Our next adventure was going on an archeological dig, that's for tomorrow.


  1. Sounds like you both had a wonderful holiday - so well done!

  2. Looks like you has the most wonderful time.
    Julie xxxx

  3. What a wonderful visit you must have had! I wish that I had known you were coming, I would have taken you around Basildon Park! Perhaps next time. It is lovely to see your travels and I look forward to the next instalment. xx

  4. Oh my what a lovely trip. I adored the pictures and felt like I was part of the tour.

  5. I'm looking forward to hearing more. Especially about the dig. You must have found it very chilly here!

  6. We found the weather in England a welcome relief, tired of hot weather.

  7. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip doing lots of interesting things that I've always wanted to do myself!


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