The White Bear
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Did someone say travel blog? Oh go on then. Here's where it'll be. Read, subscribe, judge, heckle, or don't. But here is where it'll be. Right here, being all bloggy and stuff. I thought I could start here in Oxford since this is the the starting line, and the origin of the early midlife crisis that led to this trip.Um. Also yes, I am aware this is 7 weeks early, but I'm organised, ...
... And it was a foot long, so I saved half for tomorrow. Pete got a chicken, bacon, and avocado, which I'm assuming was also good because he finished it in about three minutes. Morton's also sold apple strudel, which was super exciting and also really tasty. Yay for a place with good sandwiches! My last two weeks worth of lunches in Oxford are looking less bleak than they did yesterday.
I was the "flex person" today, so I helped open the office at 8AM ...
... time to just enjoy the surroundings and it seems like everyone is in a good mood! Now if only I could find a farmer's market. No such luck, but BEHOLD: a used Land Rover dealership! Everything here is small so there are just a handful of vehicles for sale, but the one that caught my eye is an old Defender. These are from the 70's and 80's and are really popular to restore, even with modern conveniences. Aw man, it's sold...I bet Kristi is
thankful because this ...
... the front yard and they are all very well tended. Eric said he didn't think he had seen one single straggly shrub!
We made a brief stop at Hampton Court, went past Runnymede when the Magna Carta was signed and spent a lovely few hours in Stratford-Upon-Avon, home to Shakespeare. We stopped for a wonderful group photo at Anne Hathaway's cottage. We couldn't go into the formal gardens, it was a very brief stop!
We spent the night in Coventry.
... barbeque supper and time for some outdoor games. Croquet, followed by football. A great way to finish off another day of sightseeing and learning. This really has been a trip filled with new experiences and it is wonderful to see how well the boys are getting along with one another and throwing themselves into all of the activities. Thankfully not literally throwing themselves in, especially when we have been on the river!