Sunday, September 27, 2015
Lacock & Avebury, England
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On the way to Heathrow this afternoon, but before we fly across the Atlantic we’ll step back a century or two in the delightful villages of Lacock and Avebury. But first, I neglected to mention that we fit in yet ANOTHER cream tea yesterday, while in Bath …. and my mouth waters just to look at this again!
One of our day trips on the November tour will be to these evocative hamlets, both of which have been used as backdrops for several BBC period pieces and even Harry Potter movies. Strolling through the quiet Sunday morning lanes, we admire solid stone homes, built to last, an inviting bakery, and check out this roof beam – almost to the ground! As we approach the creeper-draped church we hear an organist practicing inside, accompanied by bleating sheep in the field beyond. The ruddy Virginia Creeper seems to be taking over, like kudzu on a Georgia roadside! Not so in this elegant garden, with topiaries of a woman and a whale.Near the George Inn (established in the 1300s!), where we’ll have lunch during our tour is another autumn adorned beauty, and down the street a horse looks ready to make a phone call.On our way to Avebury we pass through neighborhoods of thatched beauties, each one unique. These homeowners pay a hefty price to carry on this ancient craft…the average cost of rethatching a four bedroom cottage is around 20,000 pounds, but a good thatch should last 20 years. Aren’t you glad they contribute to the beauty of England this way?
“The only pub in the world inside a stone circle” in Avebury is in the process of rethatching –it’ll be done when we return for a pint in November. Prehistoric artisans built a huge stone circle, so large that you could only tell it was a circle from the air, with two smaller circles inside. The smaller circles are still visible, but many of the stones of the massive circle have been removed through the centuries. Are you getting tired of thatched cottages yet? I’m not! Here’s one with a little fringe on the edges, and another with windows peeking out…oh I want to stay in one someday!
But now it’s time to fly home….so glad we’ll be back soon!