Catching up with Winston

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Well after getting the tour of farm stay we headed to Woodstock a smallish village (nothing is too small in UK), with main claim to fame being home of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Majestic in size and massive grounds - about 2,000 acres - it is in a very pretty setting. It is now a world heritage site. We took a guided tour and learnt all about the family history of the owners the Marlborough family. Turns out Winston didn't really live there but as he put it himself "choose to be born" clever! The palace itself while very impressive looks to be needing a bit of upkeep, I guess these old joints take a bit of funding to have them at their best! It was built in 1705 and the family live in one wing and the rest is mostly for tourists.
The formal gardens are very beautiful along with the great lake. When we came out after lunch it was....guess what....yep raining again! Both still struggling with thick heads, so did little drive to enjoy the lovely little villages that are all about 3 or 4 miles apart. Kevin managed to take some good pictures of wheat and canola crops, they are so thick I don't know how they will get the header through them.mCame back to Woodstock mid afternoon and took the rare opportunity to have a little lie down in our new B and B for the next 2 nights, which is very nice and in main centre of Woodstock.
We had a nice walk admiring all the beautiful buildings and then had tea in yet another english pub full of character. I am still enjoying Pimms and the food here has been of good standard overall and quite well priced too.
Early night because tomorrow we are off to London for the day! Yay....
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Sue D on

Thanks for the great blog! Wales is gorgeous, you are rekindling lots of memories for us, we also visited Winston! Yep, cold here but all good. Off to lions ladies night tonight very excited!! Hope you are both over those rotten colds very soon. Love Sue

Jude on

We loved Blenheim too. It is huge......Imagine roaring around on a ride on mower....and pruning all those roses!! Enjoy your B& B, hope your colds are short lived ....or you may have to pop into a Boots instead of Newberrys! Stay safe xx

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