We had a lovely weekend visiting Fred and Barbara in their new (albeit temporary) home on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon. We were well looked after with our own “suite” in the apex of the house, lovely breakfasts with fresh fruit and individual cereal packages to choose from and walks and restaurants carefully selected to maximise our experience in the area. Although they don’t actually run a B&B (as the Norwegian cyclists who came to the door a few months ago found out), Barbara and Fred definitely would be good at it and we count ourselves lucky to be among the selected friends and family who have the privilege of sampling their hospitality.
We arrived Saturday morning and had a good catch up and some lunch outside in the sun followed by a lovely little walk into the town along the canal. We learned that the name Bradford-on-Avon comes from the fact that there used to be a “broad ford” (or river crossing) in the river Avon at this location. The weather was warm, sunny and dry so we used that as an excuse to stop for ice cream and then drinks. We found the saxon church, a tithe barn and a couple of tea shops that looked like they were from a different place in time. Barbara and I browsed around the quaint gift shops by the canal and in the town. We walked over the bridges and up the narrow streets. It’s a pretty place and I can definitely see the appeal about living there.
We made the most of the sun with a BBQ when we got back from our walk. We all felt like we deserved a treat after the walk back up the hill and I especially enjoyed the kebabs. We then watched the movie “Senna” about the formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna which was one of those stories that really makes you think and the thoughts will stay with me for a good while…
On Sunday we went to Corsham for a little explore around the village and park before heading for traditional Sunday lunch at a local pub. We learned that ham at the end of the name of a village – there are a lot of them down there – means homestead. We had a nice long walk around the Wiltshire countryside to work off our lunch before heading into Bath in the evening.
In the city, I learned about the Bath Bun which is apparently famous to the area and we had our dinner at Sally Lunn’s Buns which holds a secret bun recipe. I highly approve. So did Fred. Spot the difference below…..
After dinner we had a wander around the very pretty city of Bath in the still warm evening sun.
My top favourite quotes from the weekend were,
- “I can’t wait to get my hands on Sally Lunn’s Bun’s” – when we were waiting for our food in Bath.
- “It’s the last straw” – when we were walking through a field of horses and hay.
- “It’s appalling.” – any thing in relation to Paul.
- “How many roads must a man walk down before he admits he is lost?” – after a slight detour in our walk on our way to Bradford-on-Avon.
Thanks Fred and Barbara for a lovely weekend. We are already looking forward to our next visit to see you when you get into your permanent home. J Thanks also to Jayne and co. who looked after Stella and kept her so well entertained that she came home and slept on her bean bag barely moving a muscle.