Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa Warwickshire
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Some savvy readers might have noticed a bit of a lacuna in my last entry.
Where, you might have wondered, are pictures of the torchlight procession? It was, after all, to be the highlight of the festivities --well, second after the shin-kicking competition.
I have to make the painful admission that after being blasted by freezing winds up on Dover's Hill, we split and headed to the pub, hoping to catch the procession from the warmth of the Red Lion snug.
... a bad person.
It's STILL such a lovely day.
Saturday 6th - Kegworth
Yesterday we parted company with Alan and Judy. They are spending the weekend at a boat club they used to belong to and will be turning around and going back up the Soar. We moved a little way further downstream to Zouch. Today was VERY windy and we travelled just a short way through one lock and have stopped at Kegworth. We plan to go to St Andrews ...
... calculations. The miracle is that enough of us mastered it to be able to get on quite well in life.
After the kids came a lively round of Morris dancing, followed by a fancy dress competition, and finally the arrival of the floats.
They were supposed to be humorous (I think) and had some kind of theme although I never quite worked out what.
While watching all this I made friends with the lady wedged next to me. Actually ...
... who took it in turns to look after the kids inside, and those wanting to use the services main building. Mr. K spent the evening with the kids in the main building, as they either tried to sleep with their heads on the tables, or put chairs together to create makeshift beds, or simply sat up for a late night/early morning natter! We're not sure the last time any of the three of us went without sleep for a whole night, but it probably was many years ago and certainly would not ...
The Little Ouse Valley between Brandon and Thetford has been designated a Forest Nature Reserve by the Forestry Commission in recognition of its importance to wildlife.Along the valley, wetland areas of alder carr and fen, poplars, damp grazing meadows and reedbeds support a rich variety of plants, insects and birds. St Helen's picnic site, next to the river, is a good base from which to explore.
The little church of Santon is called by some "St ...