I love Britain

Those of you who have been reading “KittyHere or There, Anywhere” over the years may remember that There stands for the U.K., mostly England and Scotland. Since the inception of Facebook I have been fiercely anti-Facebook.  After all, if you want to share online you can use a blog!  But I yielded.  I really wanted to take advantage of some quality coaching for the low FODMAP diet (see my other blog about FODMAPs) that used private Facebook groups.  Now that I have joined Facebook I have set up a page called I love Britain – Present, Past, Future.  Would be happy if anyone cares to follow me there. (Yep, I’m unwilling to pay Facebook a cent to promote it.)  And Britain being Britain, I have decided the photo of an adorable little dog would be a more fitting profile picture than a cat, even though I do have photos of cats taken here, there, and anywhere around England.free

Travel Tuesday # 23 – Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells England

If there is any place where the pictures in my scrapbook fail to do justice to my memory of its beauty  Wells Bishop’s Palace & Gardens is it.  I also believe there have been a lot of improvements made to this attraction since my August 2005 visit.  
The first time we went to Wells to visit the Cathedral we were unaware that the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens were there just around the corner.  Luckily we found out about them on made a return trip to visit both.  And my husband and I need to get back to Wells England again as we have yet to catch a service and hear their choir live.

Travel Tuesday # 22 – Vale of Evesham

Time to share another scrapbook page.  I pulled a red binder off my shelf and found memories of an August 2005 trip to England.  My husband was on a mission to see a number of cathedrals and while there are tons of pictures of them I enjoyed taking shots of the landscape while we traveled mile after mile on trains.  These photos include some crops being harvested.  I could not figure out what the crop was.  If you know, or have an educated guess I am interested in learning.

I’ll be posting more pages from this particular trip in the weeks to come.  Until then…

Word for 12/13 – Surprise

Making plans when you travel can help you get the most out of your trip.  Then again the things you come across accidentally can be the most enjoyable aspects of a day.  When we took a bus to Tewkesbury, England we had two nice surprises:

Surprise # 1 –     this lovely little shop.

Surprise # 2 –     there was an adult choir festival taking place at the Abbey so we were able to listen to rehearsal.  We also decided to skip whatever it was we had planned for the rest of the day so we could stay for an afternoon performance/service.

 

 

Word for 12/8 – Originate

Some form of an English peers’ robe may originate back to the end of the 14th century.  The ceremonial robes made of crimson silk velvet, trimmed with white ermine & rows of black sealskin spots date back at least to 1614.  It looks like the robes below have 3 rows of spots, or perhaps 2 1/2 rows.  That would mean that the robes belong to an Earl or perhaps a Viscount.  A Baron would only have 2 rows of spots, while a Duke would rate 4 full rows.