08/08/2010 - 15/08/2010 20 °C
After our many adventures climbing up hill and down dale chasing the circles, it was now time to say 'hi' to our English family and friends in various locations across the country.
Our first port of call was Sally and Brian at Kerne Bridge, a little village in south Herefordshire about 6 km from Ross-on-Wye. (my daughter-in-law's (Katherine) mum and stepdad). Sally and Brian live in a beautiful home which was previously the Kerne Bridge railway station. The house is beside the River Wye which has a beautiful stone bridge. The old Priory and Goodrich Castle ruins can be seen sitting majestically on the hill across the river. Beautiful countryside.
On Monday morning Sally and Brian took us of a tour of the lovely Wye valley, following the river and pointing out the many interesting landmarks, such as the Sculpture Trail, a walk of 4 miles through the Forest of Dean with various woodland sculptures along the way. We finally arrived at our destination, Tintern Abbey, which is on the Welsh bank of the River Wye (my first visit to Wales). Tintern was founded by the Cistercian Order in 1128, but the present-day remains of the abbey are a mixture of building works covering a 400-year period between 1136 and 1536. The ruins are still impressive. It was a thrill to visit, and wonderful to have such a lovely day with Sally and Brain.
Then to visit Chas's friend from high school and his family, Keith, Janet and Mark
before travelling north to the Lake District to spend 2 nights with Chas's sister and brother-in-law, Jan and Roger, at Hawkshead. My first visit to the Lake District was in 2007 but I didn't feel I had a sense of the beauty of the area. So Jan and Roger very kindly took us on a lovely tour of the lakes. We visited Coniston Water, Thirlmere, Grasmere, Bassenthwaite Lake, and Derwent Water. It is a beautiful area with the majestic peaks and deep valleys, peaceful lakes, picturesque slate houses and lovely stone walls . We had a wonderful time.
We also visited Chas's friend, Trev, from primary school (yes... I did say primary school. They still keep in touch). Also Dave and Chris in Codnor and Roger in St Albans from his days at York Uni (many years ago).
It was great to catch up again with everyone, and we are looking forward to Janet and Keith visiting us in Auz sometime soon.