Week One in Merry Old England

Trip Start Jul 13, 2007
Trip End Jul 2008

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

B&B in  the Village of OldAlready we have been in Merry Old England for a whole week.  Time flies when you are eating fish and chips on a daily basis.  We have been happily ensconced in the little village known as "Old", completely spared from the torrents of rain pouring down to the west of us.  There are 200 people here and so far we have become acquainted with half the population, 5 lovebirds, 2 cats, one dog and countless sheep, cows, ponies, partridges, and pheasants.  The place is truly tranquil.  The most noise one hears is either the birds or the hourly church bells.  The countryside is gentle and rolling, and the houses are absolutely storybook beautiful.        &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;         &n bsp;
We have had 3 outings so far including a day trip to Cambridge, a morning on the Nene Valley Railway, and a day trip to Oxford.  Cambridge is small, green, and picturesque with a river running through it inviting you for a quiet punt.  Oxford is larger, less green, more commercialized with a river running around it.   Both universities are spellbinding in their own unique way, bursting with stunning architecture, but all in all we found Cambridge the more enchanting of the two. 
The Nene Valley Railway boasts "Wansford Station" where the true to life Thomas the Tank Engine was born and continues to live.  We were able to peek at him resting but could not join him on a journey.  Still, we boarded an old steamer and slowly rolled through the countryside.  Ezra was ecstatic about the train yard but once the steamers started up the noise terrified him and he became Bruce's new boutonniere. 
We have not come across any Tiramisu yet but have discovered a great passion for "Sticky Toffee Pudding".  Yyyum!! And as many friends foretold us, the Sainsbury's Cumberland sausages are indeed a delight.  Sorry we cant send any to you in the mail!
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