We’re staying a couple of nights with Vicky & Gord, in Romsey. Lovely people.
This Sunday, Gord is doing a 50 mile charity bike ride in aid of Ride for Ros. Below are some photos of him getting his photo taken for the local newspaper. For reasons too complex to explain, he’s wearing goggles and flippers.
On the left: Gord
Photographer from the Romsey Advertiser taking publicity photos of the bikers
Lying in the road
The toilets at Glastonbury are fantastic. Just off the main street, there’s a new block with unisex choice. Enter the door and you’re greeted by a voice telling you that you have thirty minutes to complete your business, after which an alarm will sound, though you’ll be given a warning just before it sounds. Almost everything is automated, and they are spotlessly clean.
We’re now at the Quantock Orchard Caravan Park, near Taunton. I can’t get a signal from my 3 Network dongle from the site, so we’ve gone into town.
This is the full campervan rig, with Khyam attached awning/tent.
Taken from the top of Thorncombe Hill, with the Bristol Channel in the background:
Yesterday's bike ride
Last night we went to the T20 match between Somerset and Sussex. Fantastic! I’ve followed Somerset since Brian Close played for them, many years ago.
Goodwin cover drives for four.
We watched local captain and hero, Trescothick, score a brisk 50
Last night I tried some of this:
We cycled from Cirencester to Chedworth and back today, about 26 miles. At Chedworth are the remains of an impressive Roman Villa.
Chedworth Roman Villa
The Roman latrine is in better shape than some others that I’ve seen.
Lindsey looking at a mosaic floor
On the way back, we had some cider and watched the World Cup at the Inn at Fossebridge.
The Inn at Fossebridge
Dining room/TV room at the Inn
This is a lovely Saxon church at Coln Rogers.
I was so pleased to see that Heriot-Watt University Library is finally…FINALLY…upgrading its toilets. Those toilets have been deteriorating for twenty years, and it’s thanks to Gill McDonald, the Acting University Librarian, that something will shortly be done about them.
Gill’s predecessor was far more interested in travel abroad to conferences and meetings, and collecting air miles, than in improving the library and its services, and the toilets were one of the many things that were ignored for far too long.
If you give students decent facilities and services, they will respond accordingly.
We’re staying two nights at Blackshaw Moor Caravan Club site, near Leek. Today we cycled around Tittesworth Reservoir into Leek, where we lunched at a nice deli.
Nice deli on Market St, Leek.
I took Shaun to the ODI on Sturday at the Citylets Grange. His team was soundly beaten by my team.
ODI 19th June
Andrew Strauss hits a boundary
KP at the crease
It was all a bit one-sided.
Citylets Grange is a lovely ground