The Harrow Inn
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... br> Ian tells me we have some of his work friends from Belgium following our travels on this Blog. Feel free to make some comments everyone!
2 more sleeps in my own bed then, before I start having to share with one of The Chuckle Brothers. Must remember to pack my Chastity Belt!
I think we are all ready to go now. All looking forward to our Trip - it should be a good 10 days.
... blooming in random spots. Unfortunately we were unable to catch up with Emma, Julian and the children as they are away on the school holidays.
Our trip from Scotland took us past the Falkirk Wheel, the largest boat lift in the world which is used to connect the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal. The wheel replaces 11 locks and raises (or lowers) boats over a distance of 24m. We were fortunate to see the wheel in operation and it is ...
... rubbish on the banks and buildings along side - very interesting. The hall has a large park attached which is popular with locals (when the sun shines!) We also managed some time in the B'ham botanical gardens when the sun did deign to put in an appearance! It has been great to catch up with the family (even including a 'cousin catch up') and get the latest family news (aka gossip) but time moves on and so do we. Time to pack the bags again and head off for ...
... so many, son look at the more recent ones for Afghanistan and couldnt get over the amount of crosses, we then headed out to the front of the house and saw the poppies that had been put out for 11-11-11, again there were many there too, we then headed back up to the cafe and watched some of the runner go through for the remembrance run, don't think it was called that but cant remember that it was called apart from it was organised by the Royal British Legion for the poppy appeal.
Swindon is home to the Great Western Railway museum, a really worthwhile rail museum.
The GWR was a huge concern, one of the biggest in the world, and their home base covered something like 1300 acres. This included office space, repair space and manufacturing area, where they made up to three steam locomotives a week in the 1930s! Unfortunately, ...