Just as the weather took a turn for the better in Scotland, we’d a journey planned to England – where the weather had taken a turn for the worst.
We stayed in Weston Super Mare for 4 days and visited Bath, Cheddar Gorge and Wells. It rained on and off throughout our stay only bursting with sun on the day we left.
Apparently its usual to have rain during the morning in this area and can clear up around 10.30-11.30 am. Yes the rain stopped for a short while, but this wasn’t the day it stopped raining altogether. We were told that we should take a photograph of the tide if we were around when it came in; today wasn’t our day for that either but we saw it (and the sun) on the day we left.
Our next visit was to Bath where it remained dry during our 4 hour stay. We stayed on our coach and a hired guide told us a little bit about Bath and we stopped off at The Royal Crescent for a quick photo opportunity. I’ve visited Bath before, and been in the ‘spa’, but not with my Trader Joe’s bag. My friend and I tossed up to see whether we should go into the Thermae Bath Spa for a 2-hour visit or have lunch in the Pump House with wine and piano accompaniment. The Pump House won.
Next rainy day we were taken to Cheddar Gorge then Wells. Cheddar Gorge was dry when we arrived. It is such a beautiful wee place and if you haven’t visited before, you must do. Caves, river running through it, waterfall, lots of colourful trees, huge cliffs. Of course as well as the variation of ‘ on offer, we loved looking through the lovely knick-knacks shops, though managed to curtail our spending so that my TJ’s bag wasn’t too heavy to carry. We stopped off for a quick cuppa at the Edelweiss Tea-room and wish we’d had more time to savour lunch. We only had tea and a toasted tea-cake but when we looked around, everyone plates were full-to-bursting. If I ever return, I’m going to have a full-to-bursting-plate – the food looked, and smelled, gorgeous. Nice place.
Off to Wells – one of the loveliest Cathedrals I’ve ever seen but we didn’t pay to go in. Our coach only stopped for about 1½ hours so we couldn’t do it justice in that time. It was raining, so we had a quick wander and bought a ‘biscuity delicacy’ for our return trip to Weston.
My friend bought me birthday tickets to see Charlie Landsborough on the second night of his Autumn Tour 2012 at the Playhouse in Weston Super Mare. It was the first time we’d ever seen him and he was terrific. We couldn’t believe how the time passed so quickly – he’s so calming and had a few good jokes up his sleeve in-between songs.
I wonder if Charlie knows he was in the company of my friend and I with my Trader Joe’s bag?!