Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Wales
23.07.2007 18 °C
We didn't make much progress in the job hunting, we seem to have hit brick walls in all directions, getting very despondent and decided to rent a car and hit the road southwest! First stop, Stonehenge then joined the National Trust and visited a grand 18th century landscaped garden adorned with a lake rare trees and plants grottoes and neo-classical italianate temples and ridges at Stourhead.
We then ventured south to Lower Godney, near Glastonbury (the place where they have an annual music festival, which was nearly washed out this year due to heavy rain). We found a very quaint and quiet b&b and as we drove down the narrow lane towards our destination at around 6.30pm, Noel commented "you could have found us a place nearer to the village pub" and as we pulled up to this 15th century building at "Two Gates Farm" low and behold a tiny pub called "The Sheppey Inn" was right next door!
We visited Sherborne Abbey famous for 15th century fan vaulted ceiling, Shaftesbury - cute 18th century cottages, cobbled streets, and the ruins of the abbey originally founded in 888 and inhabited by nuns, and later demolished by Henry VIII (a sad story).
We spent a fabulous 2 nights at Lower Godney, the locals made us feel very welcome, we met a famous singer from a band in the 70's called Racy...the song famous "some girls do...some girls don't" a chap called Richard Gower who had many a story to tell and we talked to every man and his dog one night, ventured back to our beds well into the early hours! A lovely place with such warm people. We shall be back!
We ventured south and spent 3 nights in a "static caravan" hey, don't laugh, it was a 3 bedroom lounge/dining with full bathroom with all mod. cons out in the sticks in a place called Lanivet nr. Bodmin a village south of Bodmin Moors. We drove to a National Trust mansion Lanhydrock another grand estate with extensive wooded acres and formal gardens, the house magnificent, quite modestly furnished rebuilt after a fire in 1881, the property illustrates life in a 17th century victorian manor house, we viewed the kitchen, servants quarters, childrens nursery and of course the formal dining banqueting areas, library etc all still original, wow!
Drove to touristy Lands End, on to Mousehole, a maze of narrow alleys and tiered cottages on the sea, up to extremely busy touristy St Ives, a seaside art colony here from the 1920's then met up with Bruce Hawkey who walked us around the coast with spectacular views on a glorious sunny day, near Wadebridge then on to Clovelly, you now pay to visit this ancient fishing village right on the cliff above the sea.
We are now in Wales, a little drier than the Gloucestershire area of England, and will report back further later in the week.
Thanks for the emails, keep them coming, we love hearing from you all. ps Noel and I were fortunate to meet some friendly staff (Mark and Gerry) at Bude Golf course who allowed us in to watch the Bledisloe Cup game on their sky tv here on Saturday morning (8.30am) and to whom we are grateful!