Only in England!

Trip Start Apr 23, 2014
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Trip End Jun 07, 2014


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Just when you think your trip is coming to an end and there can't possibly be more to see, still there is another surprise around the corner!
We left our comfortable Norfolk B&B and headed south toward Kent. Our first stop was the Royal Horticultural Society garden at Hyde Hall just out of Chelmsford. This garden was beautifully kept, there were people tending the gardens everywhere we went and there was even an Australia and New Zealand garden. From here we carried on, skirting London and calling in on Sevenoaks for lunch - reminiscing about our visit 12 years ago when Peter and Jane were there and Sarah was on her gap year.
"Susie" overshot the mark slightly today, only taking us about 10 miles passed where we should be - probably more about my entry though. Generally though she is pretty amazing, even providing us with digital road signs! Anyhow, we made it to our B&B in Chilham, an over 500 year old dwelling with low ceilings, half timbered interior walls and many antiques - originally being a guesthouse for pilgrims on route to Canterbury. Paula, the owner, recommended the local pub for dinner. It turned out the dining room was booked out, there was a wine tasting evening on. We were actually invited to the wine tasting because they had one free table; Graham will be disappointed that we turned it down and just had dinner in the bar - just don't think we would have done it justice.
After dinner we wandered up the road to see the village square, the street leading to it was lined with half timber houses. As we walked slowly up the street taking photos, I could hear some very old English music and thought someone was very traditional in their music taste, then - low and behold as we rounded a bend in the road, there ahead of us were Morris dancers! Only in England!
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