Tuesday, 29 September 2009
I thought I had found a good deal on t'internet and had expected to pay £167 for the two of us for our room only - breakfast being £10 each extra. When we checked out, the executive suite would have cost us £390 but we paid the expected £167 which did, in fact, include breakfasts - bargain!
Saturday, 26 September 2009
From the Royal Hotel in Par we went to the Eden Project which is only a couple of miles away.
We were glad we had left it until now to visit as the plants in 'the quarry site' are now much more established.
I hope they are not breeding these giant wasps here.
In the Mediterranean biome.
In the tropical biome.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
After leaving Great Torrington we visited the Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Rosemoor. This was on our way to The Royal at Par - so apologies for getting this a bit out of order. As I've said before, that's the trouble with taking two cameras!
The Hot Garden
Dahlia "Chat Noir" - perhaps one for next year?
Monday, 21 September 2009
We stayed at The Royal Inn in Par which was also very good with 'all the facilities' in the room, a nice bar and very good restaurant.
As it was such a nice day, we went to Polkerris to see the sea.
The white building on the quay is the Rashleigh Inn, where we had one drink on the terrace and then had to shelter from the hot sun inside the pub - phew!
Friday, 18 September 2009
Good meal and beer at The Black Horse.
We were very lucky to find an excellent B&B - Higher Darracott Farm
Very comfortable room (The oak room) and very nice people too.
Their cat likes sitting in cars - until you start the engine!
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Rather than rushing to and from the west country, we made a long weekend of it and left on Wednesday, returning on Monday.
Naturally, we had the usual 'trouble' with Poppy.
We broke our journey in Chippenham.
This is the park by the River Avon.
We mysteriously found ourselves in the oldest pub in Chippenham which dates back to around 1390 - The Rose & Crown in the market place.
They sold Moles beer from Melksham - very good.
Around the church in the meerkat, sorry market place.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
We had excellent weather and received some very kind comments about the outing and the arrangements for the day which we had made.
We started out with a talk in the Guildhall tearoom by the manager, and then had a guided walking tour of Lavenham by two excellent guides.
We were then free for lunch (The Swan was expensive - but good) and afterwards we all explored the town.
Luckily, there was time for a final 'shandy' at The Cock Inn before the coach returned us to Redbourn.
One of the main streets.
Church of St.Peter and St.Paul.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Nevertheless, I forgave all, as Mabel's Tavern sells Shepherd Neame beer!
This is the way to get a very central hotel room in London - on board the Silver Cloud. Very nice.
We then went to the Blueprint Cafe at the Design Museum (that first floor glass bit) for a meal courtesy of our good friends P & C. It was a birthday present which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The cafe (restaurant actually) overlooks the Thames and there are binoculars provided on the tables by the window - they weren't very good, but it was a nice touch.
Another nice night photo - no, I didn't remember my little tripod, again.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
St.Pancras - only just, from the piazza.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
So, you'll have to make do with this photo from the brochure. It is subject to copyright but as it's advertising the house, perhaps I won't be sent to the tower?