Adventures in the English Countryside

Trip Start Nov 02, 2000
Trip End Nov 16, 2004

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Friday, November 12, 2004

A road trip with four girls to the English countryside of Wiltshire, ahhrrrrr!

Home of the cow patty, Jamie Cullum, country rambling, Indie rockers Simon Bye (who I'm told knocked Nirvana out of the charts once upon a time). Also home of British bombshell Jemima G-T, Murdoch the Jack Russell and a polo club that has been immortalised in by my camera.

The pints of cider just taste better out here and the smiles seem more genuine. The lovely Giffard-Taylors took in three girls from Canadia and opened their home to us (aka Barnbridge B&B).

We gratefully took the opportunity to take a load off and escape the chaos of London booting all the way down the M5 in Jemima's red Peugeot Roberta Flack. Destination - as far away from London as humanly possible in two hours.

I got a bit snap-happy, took many photos of my girls, ate lovely home cooked meals courtesy of the gorgeous Mrs. Angela Giffard-Taylor and spent a fair amount of time letting my shoulders unknot weeks of tension.

There's not much more to tell. Ingrained in my mind is the image of four girls reading contently while curled up near a warm fireplace, tossing ideas of life plans into the mix while stretching out like cats.

We also managed to prowl our way around the small town from one leisurely activity to the next, with a strict "no-planned-fun" policy.

A visit to the Arboretum nearing dusk led us down one path into the next, trailed by our giggles.

Followed by a mischievous dip into the local Wild Duck pub, to improve the flush in our pink cheeks. Warmly welcomed by the bartender Dino and sized up by awkward glances from locals...we gave up on etiquette and the rowdy jokes began to fly back and forth. We were jolly as could be when we arrived home for supper later that evening.

The following day I managed to drive my first tractor - something I'll definitely consider adding to my CV as a special skill and I did some portrait shots around the farm.

Check out the dozens of photos. There is no better way to explain it.
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