Drive to NewQuay
Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
51Trip End Dec 15, 2007
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On my drive today, I decided instead of a planned tourist attraction, I would just pick and choose along the way, since there are always plenty to choose from. About 15 miles outside of Salisbury, I saw a sign for Larmer Tree Gardens (http://www.larmertreegardens.co.uk/ ). Intrigued, I decided to follow the signs figuring there might be some nifty tall trees or something like that
One side note about the gardens, as I driving up to the gate, I saw a sign warning not to hit the ornamental birds. As I was gathering my stuff for a chilly walk around the gardens, I noticed a peacock. Not thinking that there might be any more peacocks, I took a few pictures, later on my walk, I noticed 6 adults and several young peacocks. I thought it was interesting be so close to the birds without scaring them away. A garden employee was able to walk right up to one of the birds, I however, wanted to keep some distance (though I was within 5 feet at one point). At the same time I saw 2 macaws swoop down very close to me before flying up to a high branch-I wish I had been able to take a close picture (or had a much longer lens) as they flew by. According to the employee, the gardens used to own several pairs of macaws at one time, but now they are down to 1 pair and of the peacocks, they have about 16 birds total at this time
After stopping here for an hour I jumped back onto the main road toward NewQuay. I had stopped off at the market in Yeovil and discovered it had one of the those moving walkways between floors. After shopping with a trolley (a cart in American terms), I hoped aboard this walkway. To prevent the carts from rolling down the walkway, the wheels have powerful magnets attached to them so the cart won't move, even with a heavy load. I went up...and down. Very cool.
The rest of the drive was non-eventful. The last 50 or so miles where by a multi-lane highway, so that made it all very quick in deed. One item I have not gotten use to in Europe is that on all roads, unless there is a reason to post one, there are no speed limit signs. A driver is expected to know what the appropriate speed is for that classification of road. It can be a bit confusing at times, especially when you cross country lines, but I tend to go with the flow and have learned that for the most part, the speeds don't really change (except for the interstate/auto bahn).
I got into NewQuay before sundown.
I have added pictures for November 9th and 10th, 2007.