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Left Heathfield this morning and drove Michelle and Grace to Heathrow, dropped them off at the Holiday Inn on the M4 and said our farewells.
Our next stop was Cheryl's cousin, Sandra's place in Lodsworth near Petworth,Sussex. On arrival we had a quick coffee and after went to a nearby pub for lunch. After lunch ...
... to the door of the Holiday Inn turned out to be a quite different experience! Recent road closures meant that Bella's directions were somewhat out of date and, whilst we could sometimes even see our hotel, we could not find our way to it!
I guess the positive of all of this is that we did manage to see quite a bit of the city as we travelled around and around it! (although I would have much preferred ...
... exchange gondolas) as the two 'boxes' full of water balance each other. Adjacent to the Wheel are small copies of the Kelpies designed by Andy Scott, the originals are located a couple of miles down the road.
We enjoyed seeing Scotland especially Ayreshire, Dumfries and Galloway but, as you may have gathered, found the Highland and Islands, cold, unwelcoming (with the exception of RSPB, Forestry Commission and some Reserves) and painful despite its beauty.
Today we stormed the Castle! (Warwick Castle to be specific...)
Pat left this morning to see a friend, so we started a little later than anticipated. However, I spent the morning skyping family and friends. Sadly while I was preoccupied with catching up, the dog ate the present I bought for Tamsin. It now lies in many pieces, so I'm going to have to replace that. *rolls eyes*
After lunch we headed out for the castle, Ciara chose to wear an intense dress ...
... 8230; Followed by a drive to the nearby village of Shottery where we also visited the home of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. While still in Stratford we had a lovely lunch of bangers and mash (potatoes and sausage) then back in the bus again to visit Oxford and Oxford University… I believe between all three groups we shopped pretty hard. You will see quite ...