June 12, 2013
There really isn’t much to report on today. In the morning we went shopping and wandering around in Bath. Rosemary and Christine raided the charity shops and also the HB shop with great success. When we all finally met up, it was late morning. Christine had to be at Bristol Airport at 3 PM, because she was going home for her granddaughter’s 21st birthday and also for the granddaughter’s art exhibition. So we decided to head up the road to Dyrham Park. It was a National Trust site so we thought we would have a look around it before heading to the airport.
However once we arrived there, we were dismayed to find out that the house was closed on Wednesdays. So much for our plan. We sat in the car and ate our lunch and then headed towards Bristol. En route Neil made a diversion through Cheddar Gorge and then went to the airport. After dropping Christine off we carried on to Cardiff. We drove over the new Severn Bridge, where Neil had worked as one of the head engineers when it was being built, and then took a detour so we could go over the Newport transporter bridge.
Arriving at Neil’s house we unloaded the car and then relaxed for a while. Neil’s tenants Antonio and Fadia arrived home from work, so we chatted with them for a while and then headed over to a nearby pub, the Oystercatcher, for dinner. On the way we passed by a new white-water canoeing course. It was very high-tech, with even a special escalator for the paddlers to climb up to the beginning of the course without having to get out of their boat. We watched some people training for a while and then continued on to the Oystercatcher. Service was quite fast and the food (and prices) were good.