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Apr 23, 2014 - Wrest Park

To make sure the car was now totally OK we took it for a long drive and visited Wrest Park near Bedford . Run by the English Heritage this was a lovely old house and park to wander around and we thoroughly enjoyed our day in the spring sunshine and the car was fine.

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Apr 22, 2014 - Bedford

This morning we had time to mooch around the big department stores in Bedford high street. Sasha had to buy another size on account of having bought many more rare and special items than she had room for in her current luggage range. If course none of these items are available in Australia! I tried very hard to buy something in Debenhams or Marks & Spencers, but my hearts not in it when the price is either the same or higher than our local stuff, that is also exclusively imported from China. Our hotel is on the site of a 1500's coach house...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Bedford Higgins Museum

Although the plan was to visit Hampton Court with Janet today, it damned bright and sunny, so we elected to give the palace a miss. We'd all been there before anyhoo. Janet came in on the bus and we went around the Higgins museum and gallery which was a great idea. The complex is in part of the old Higgins brewery and houses much of Higgins own art and artefacts collections. What's great about this museum is that as well as the mandatory collections from Greece etc, there are objects found around Bedfordshire which enabled us to get a good...

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Nov 7, 2011 - Rosata...

In 1957, the military transport plane I had taken from the states landed at RAF Burtonwood in England, beginning a three year assignment at RAF Chicksands, a train ride away from Burtonwood. RAF Chicksands, right outside the village of Shefford, close to the larger town of Bedford, and 40 miles north of London, has a long and interesting history. Chicksands had become an U.S. Air Force intelligence installation in the early 1950’s. When I was there, the USAF occupied half of the base, the RAF the other half. In later years, the USAF...

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Jun 6, 2011 - Last day in England

We said our goodbyes to Kay, Karen and Robert and travelled to Eyam (The Plague Village). This is a beautiful village set in rolling green countryside with stone fences separating the fields. This belies the terror that occured in the village in the 1600's when over half the population of the village died from the Black Plague. The disease arrived from London in a package of fabric for a tailor, the package was damp and the tailor put it in front of the fire to dry it out. This activated the "bugs" and he was the first person to die. You...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Ipswich & Bedford

We have had a fabulous weekend with Nicola's relatives. Started at David and Lauras where the kids thrashed David in boules and Ben thrashed everyone in soccer and we went for a lovely walk in the sunshine. Then drove to Bedford where everyone met for a lunch on Sunday. There was: David, Laura, Mark and Powla, Rebecca Kay, Karen and Dave, Robert Pete and Mary Janet and Ray Trudie and Dave, Tim and Sophie We had such fun with everyone. Mitchell said afterwards that it was really cool to have all those people who you are related to in one...

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Sep 17, 2010 - Bedford visit - we now have wheels

Our last night in London! It has been fantastic, we both agree that another two weeks still wouldnt be enough to see everything we wanted to see here. Fortunately, because the weather has been so good, we've been able to walk everywhere and be outdoors every day. We havent seen any of the big museums or art galleries, so that's on the to-do list for next time. We walked through Kennington Park to pick up our hire car. On the way we passed the Oval where England meets Pakistan today. The crowds are well down because of the current scandal...

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May 23, 2010 - Day the last...Billington Car Boot Sale!

Our final full day. Glorious sunny weather. I'd brought sunscreen almost by accident (it's mixed into the fake tan), so we slathered it on before heading down to the Sunday Car Boot Sale. This time we drove. It's only metres from our cottage, but we knew today would be bedlam on the road because of the weather. Last weekend it was cold and wet most of the day, but today was one out of the box. Hundreds of cars parked in the field and many more sellers this time = many more opportunities to purchase nice bits of china. I was strong, only...

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May 22, 2010 - Bolnhurst History

BOLNHURST Bulehestre, Bolehestre (xi cent.). Bolnhurst is a small parish some 7 miles north of Bedford on the main road to Kimbolton. Its area is 2,333 acres, of which about 1,379 acres are arable land, 1,008¼ permanent grass and 32 woods and plantations. (fn. 1) The soil is heavy clay and the subsoil clay; the chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The village stretches along either side of the road for upwards of a mile, and consists mainly of thatched cottages with a few slated and modern buildings. There are several farms in the...

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May 22, 2010 - Recent History of Local Villages in Billington Area

THE BROWNLOW ESTATE ( Some interesting history about The Brownlow Estate researched and written by Geoff Spencer) In 1921 the third Earl Brownlow died. Lady Brownlow having previously died in 1917 and as there were no children the earldom was extinguished. And it also brought to an. end three hundred years of private family occupation of the Ashridge Estate. This had a significant effect on Dagnall. From 1604 to 1849 the Ashridge Estate had been in the ownership of the Earls and Dukes of Bridgewater. With the death of 7th Earl Bridgewater,...

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May 22, 2010 - Day 18

22 degrees here today. We are making the most of it because we're well aware of how cold it will be when we land in Melbourne. -1C last night I believe...Took a leisurely drive out through some of the country lanes and small villages. Us and every other person with a car. Lots of mercedes, bmw's and audis about and plenty of convertibles. For some reason today it was roadworks on the side roads and at one point we were stuck in a long line of traffic on a very narrow lane. Eventually we turned around in the line and headed back towards...

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May 21, 2010 - Day 17

Lovely day today! Sunny, 24C and actually a bit warm for us because there's no airconditioning in our cottage! As we got to Kempston a bit early today, we went for a bit of a drive out towards our favourite village, Stagsden. The bluebells are well and truly out in Stagsden Woods, but we couldnt get off the road to have a closer look due to the lack of road edge! Again, road or lane, ditch. End of story. However, this time there was no traffic at all on the road so we could stop and have a really good look into the woods and hope it was...

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