Trip Start Jun 27, 2010
11Trip End Aug 08, 2010
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It was sleep in day. Will came in around noon to wake me up for lunch. He figured I'd want to eat – a fair assumption. It was likely around 3:30 A.M. BST that we went to bed, so while I slept in, I did not do any catching up of sleep. At lunch we had ham, turkey, potatoes and cooked veggies (of which I primarily ate the carrots – I'm a big fan of cooked carrots). Will’s great grandma also joined us for lunch today as we dined out on the patio. She lives on the second floor and utilizes one of those mechanical chairs for the stairs (as shown in some of the photos). For dessert we had rhubarb and ice cream. I don’t ever recall having rhubarb before, so I really had no idea what to expect. It was cooked so that it was almost a syrup for the ice cream, and well…I’m not very good with describing flavors [here’s an image that is similar to what the rhubarb we had looked like]
After lunch Will gave me a tour of the house. His grandparents have owned The Cwm for around 30 years, but the house has been standing for much longer. The place has housed several people and hosted many parties – including his grandpas 75th the weekend before I arrived. Even generals of the World War(s) lodged/partied here at times. The place was four stories with a basement garage. Keep in mind that the floors aren’t exactly one on top of the other as you will see in the photographs. On the main floor was the kitchen, living/dining room, and then a somewhat recent addition to the house – the porch. The second floor had Will’s Great Grandma’s room and his Grandpa’s office. The third floor included a computer room, a game/entertainment room, and then the original entrance to the house. It was a good size foyer with stained glass windows in the doors. We later went outside to see the path where the horse and buggies would drop off their passengers. The third floor consisted of the bedroom Will and I were in as well as his parents, and then a little further up, what could be called the fourth floor, was a bathroom
After helping put food away and taking the tour, we took off for Gray’s Hill. In the United Kingdom, farmers, by law, have to allow travelers to cross their fields as long as the traveler is not causing damage to the property. The path to Gray’s Hill took us along the road, and then into these fields. Each fence had a location to allow people to cross with ease. Now of course, some farmers still don’t like the idea of strangers on their property. We found that these farmers just let the locations of crossing over grow with brush. Oh, I almost forgot. We had hiked a bit of the way along the road, maybe 8 or 10 minutes, when I realized why I felt like I was missing something. I had left my camera back in the room. Will asked if I wanted to go back, which, of course I did, so we turned around and grabbed my camera.
Will had previously hiked to this point during the winter when everything was mud, so this time around it was a bit easier for him. We talked about different things ranging from people back at Florida Tech to whatever each of those conversations evolved into. Eventually, we walked far enough to get a view above the trees.
We began our descent, jumped through some brush, thorns and tree’s – all that fun stuff – and managed to find our way to the road
After finishing dinner we went to the living room to catch the second half of the Spain vs Portugal match. A rivalry match for sure. Portugal came out with a purely defensive strategy
After the soccer match we went up to the game room and hopped on our computers. I needed to do some journal writing, and of course catching up with people on chat. I was thinking about doing some reading, but I was too tired for that.