Fairleigh Castle, Caen Hill Locks, Avebury

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Another big day today. On the road again by 9am, first stop Fairleigh Castle. did not know about this but came across it on our way to Stradford on Avon and decided to have a look. It is set in the valeey on the border of Somerset and Wiltshire. the castle was a fortified mansion, occupied by the Hungerford family.That family history is very interesting. Although most of the castle is in ruin it was still very interesting to see it all. Some parts you can imagine the people of that time walking around.Next stop Bradford on Avon, nothing special there, just another big town with lots of cottages and buildings close to the road. Interesting but we are now getting a bit blase about it.
Someone in the caravan park this morning suggested we go and see th Caen Hills Locks in Devizes, well why not. Wow what a sight. There are 29 locks altogether from the top to the bottom, all man made. we were lucky enough to see a house boat go through the locks which is not an easy job for the boat owner. They do this themself and it looked like a lot of hard work. It would take them most of the day to go from the top to the bottom.  Made some lunch when we got back to the car as we were getting hungry.
After lunch we meant to do a quick trip to Avebury, where there are more stone formations like Stonehenge .This particular feature goes back to 4000-3000 BC. Avebury lies at the centre of one of the greatest surviving concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in Western Europe. It is a landscape of excess in terms of monuments: longer, higher, larger and more numerous. A great place to be and very hard to leave. The town also is known for its Manor House which is being restored at the moment by the BBC but we were still lucky enough to see the gardens.Very much kept in their era and once again you can imagine the people, especially the ladies walking around the gardens in their finery. Good place to visit.
Did not see Bath today as we ran out of time so that will have to wait till next year.
Once again a good day like every other day. Tomorrow we will meet Graham and Carol in Truro and spend 4 days with them on a farm stay. We are both very much looking forward to it. It'll be lovely to see them again as it is time to give Graham a bit of stick again.
Bring it all on.
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doubledee on

well ive said it before you sound like you having a great time. it looks like we will have to book in if we want to vist you next year. warwick and louise are coming over next week for two weeks,it will be good to see them as husband and wife, it seems odd saying warwicks wife.keep having a great time. dot and dick x0x0x0x

Greg & Helga on

Wow! what lovely places you are visiting it makes us envious......!
it great that you're having such a great time and everything is going to plan. Your story telling is fantastic Will, keep it up.

Suzi on

I loved bath. Shame you didn't get to see and feel the water. But being tourist season it might have been no as pleasant as I remember. I had lunch at a pub in Stonehenge. It was all wonderful.

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