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Apr 6, 2012 - The Cotswolds

This morning was sunny & it’s my last day in this area so I spent the day exploring the Cotswolds. I had no clear destination, just followed interesting-looking signs. The first place I found was the entrance to the eastern end of the long canal tunnel I learned about in Stroud a few days ago. The Victorians couldn’t build anything without making it fancy & this entrance is no exception. Apparently the western entrance at Daneway is gothic, with battlements but I don’t think it’s easily accessible. There’s been feasibility reports...

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Apr 5, 2012 - Bristol

Still very cold today so I was a bit slow this morning but my little apartment is quite cosy. Today I went to Bristol & spent about 3 hours learning about a most remarkable ship with an even more remarkable history. It’s the SS Great Britain, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (don’t you love that name), generally considered the greatest of the Victorian engineers. A few years ago there was a survey to find Britain’s most admired person of all time. Winston Churchill came first & Brunel came second although neither of them are truly...

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Apr 4, 2012 - Cirencester

Today was a day for Roman Britain, but first the weather. When I left this morning my car said it was 3C but when I got to the top of the hill on the Minchinhampton Common it dropped to 1C & there were spots of sleet amongst the rain. It stopped raining by the time I reached Cirencester but I took my umbrella with me today, just in case. This afternoon was quite fine but, according to my car, it didn’t go above 7C. I’m certainly making use of the warm clothes I brought & my little electric blanket is a comfort at night. Cirencester is about...

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Apr 3, 2012 - Gloucester

Today was my day for Gloucester. It’s about 14 miles away but took me a while because I was held up by road works a couple of times. With the help of my Sat Nav, I found a parking building quite close to the cathedral & headed down a very narrow lane towards the city centre. I couldn’t believe my luck, because the first thing I came across was the shop of Beatrix Potter’s “Tailor of Gloucester”. I thought I would have to go hunting for it. It’s lovely & looks just like her drawings. I got talking to the lady in the shop, saying it must be a...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Stroud, Nailsworth

A bit of a lazy day today. This morning I drove into Stroud which is only about 4 miles away. It’s a lovely old town, nestled in the heart of 5 beautiful valleys & I suppose because of the abundance of water, has a history of mills that go back to the 11th century, recorded in the Domesday Book. Some mills were for grain & others for cloth but Stroud thrived during the Industrial Revolution on its woollen mills which made “Stroud Scarlet” cloth for the redcoats’ uniforms. There are still mills which make the red cloth for military uniforms...

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Apr 1, 2012 - Aust & Tintern Abbey

Some of my days on this trip are planned & some just happen - today just happened. When I woke up this morning I had no idea I would be doing these things today. First of all, it was bright & sunny after a pretty ordinary day yesterday so that changed my plans a bit. My first priority in this district is to add to my family history knowledge so I headed off to Aust, near Bristol, where the ancestors came from. I thought there might be a church service & I could find someone to talk to, but no luck. There’s only a service every 2 weeks &...

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Mar 31, 2012 - New Milton to Nailsworth

Our beautiful weather has definitely finished for a while. It was cold & cloudy today & my car was saying it was about 11C most of the day. It’s going to get worse too. The forecast is for rain by Tuesday & Wednesday is supposed to be 7C in London. So it looks like I’ll get to use some of my warm clothes after all. Saturday is moving day so I had to pack up & got away just after 9:00. I had another beautiful drive through the New Forest – the trees are still bare but the last week’s warm weather has brought out a distinct tinge of green....

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