American Cemetery, Saffron Walden, Audley End

Trip Start Jul 20, 2014
Trip End Aug 05, 2014

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

We had our breakfast at the hotel and Jane picked us up about 9:30 again.  We went and picked up Jake who was buying a new cable for their TV.  Then we headed back to Toft stopping at Burwash Manor for some groceries.  It was an upscale small market that all kinds of interesting products.  Jane got meat, bread and other things for supper.  When we got to the house, Jane put away the groceries and did some things in the kitchen while Larry and I used their internet.  I finished the blog from yesterday and sent it.  Jim and Max were outside with a black Labrador they are dog-sitting. 

We left at about 11:00 for the American Cemetery for Americans killed in WWII just outside Cambridge.  It was a smaller version of the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach in France.  We went and saw the graves first and then went to the Chapel which was amazing.  It had a great mosaic behind the altar and on the ceiling.  The seal of each state was in a window.  There were maps of different stages of the war.  We went to the new Visitor Center which was very informative and well done.

We headed south on the M11 to Saffron Walden.  We found a place to park and headed to the Saturday market.  It was set up in the center of the town with a meat market, fish market, baked goods, vegetables and fruits and all kinds of other products for sale.  We walked through and bought a little fruit cake for afternoon tea.  We found Kim's Tea Room for lunch.  Larry and Jane shared a pot of Earl Grey and I had Rooibos (Red Bush).  Jane had a ham and tomato sandwich and Larry and I both had cheddar cheese and chutney sandwiches.

 We went back to the car and headed to Audley End which was the largest house in England when it was built but 2/3 of it was eventually knocked down to make it more manageable.  When we got there we went to the horse barns and then the organic gardens which were huge.  There were all kinds of vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers.  Then we walked along the river and saw huge sycamore trees and other large trees and admired the man-made waterfall.  It was landscaped by Capability Brown, Britain's most well-known designer.  We headed to the house and saw the yew and boxwood hedge which was huge and very strangely cut into rounded lumps.   But the end product was quite pleasing.  Then we toured the house: the Great Hall, The Great Drawing Room, the Library, the Nursery, the Gothic-style Chapel and the bedrooms of the Lady Braybrook.  The walls in most of the rooms were either covered with paintings or books.  We walked back to the car and headed back to Toft.  When we were in Barton, two villages away, we saw Jim, Sarah, and Max walking along the sidewalk and said hello. 

We got back shortly after 5:00 and had fruit cake.  Larry had a beer and Jane and I had Elderflower Cordial.  We relaxed for a little bit.  Larry and I looked at Jim's scrapbook from when he came to America in 2000.  It was really well done and we had a couple of good chuckles about his comments about Americans.  Jim found his dissertation for me to read on the Iroquois Nation and Pottery which he wrote for his degree in Anthropology.  He now has his own business as a carpenter.  His brother Ben is a chef in the Scilly Isles just off Land's End in the southwest of England.  We won't get to see Ben this trip.

For supper we had barbecued lamb, sausages, chicken, and kofte a lamb sausage from the Mediterranean.  We also had couscous, potatoes and salad from the garden.  For pudding we had a plum tart with plums from the garden with ice cream.  Everything was delicious.  Then, of course, we had tea.  Jake and Jane took us back to the hotel where we watched a summary of the Commonwealth Games before going to bed.

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nancycarter on

THese photos show such lush vegetation! I have not witnessed it in person, but this is what I think of when I think of England.

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