Tuesday, we picked up our hire car and headed out of Huntingdon with all our maps, etc., and proceeded to get on the wrong road and ended up in London. Fortunately, we came off the M1 and it was near to where I used to live so I could easily find our way onto the M4 heading south west.
After 5 hours, we arrived at Ken's sister Jennifer and husband George's place in Briantspuddle, Dorset. Their village is close to Troy Town, Afpuddle, Tolpuddle, Puddletown and Piddle Hinton. (Who chooses these names!) We had a pleasant afternoon with them and stayed for dinner. At 9pm, we headed off to our B&B in a village called Maiden Newton. It was a really nice B&B called Water Meadows and our hosts Karen and David were delightful, the food was delicious too.
The next day, we headed back to Briantspuddle and Jenny and George took us into the main city of Dorchester where they were holding a parade in honour of the returned soldiers who had been fighting in Afghanistan. There was a lot of pomp and circumstance as is the tradition with English ceremonies. Lots of dignatories and, of course, a brass band.
We then had lunch in a rather nice pub, I had steak and ale pie which was great. After lunch, we went off to view an ancient site which was a Roman villa, discovered in Dorchester in 1937 when excavations were taking place to build new council buildings. It was very interesting.
We then headed back to Briantspuddle in George's old beat up Volvo wagon for some more wine and chit chat.
We ventured back to our B&B around 7.30pm and decided to go for a walk in our village, Maiden Newton, which was very quaint and old, finishing off our day in the local pub, "The Chalk and Cheese" with fish & chips.
Next morning, we headed off back to Huntingdon stopping along the way in the city of Salisbury to give our legs a bit of a stretch. Then lunch just outside of Oxford in "The Greyhound". We arrived back at around 4.00pm and spent a lovely evening with Chris and Gary who we are staying with.
I was so happy to see them, it was like coming home!