Weekender Update June 23-24

After chillin’ last weekend John and I were on the move again! We started by playing canoe polo on Saturday morning near where the new White Water Course is for the Olympics. I haven’t played for awhile but got on the water for a bit because it was actually sunny out for a bit!

I entered another Cycletta in Wiltshire which is going south and west from us. On the way there we made a stop at a National Trust property called Clivedon House. It was the home of the Astors but is now a hotel. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a day that they let people in to see the house but we did walk around and get some great pics. It wasn’t as old a house as others we’ve seen but the view was beautiful…



Historic and listed gardens…



So….before we came to the UK I thought it would be lovely to be at a house like this and have a picnic with John. Oh how romantic eh! Well the English weather really isn’t cooperating with this dream! Seriously, look at me and it’s the end of JUNE!!!!…


On the way back to the car John, of course, was looking at the Estate on his iPhone map and saw that by the chapel was a Canadian First World War cemetery. My poor little legs were very tired but John convinced me to walk back and I’m glad we did. I’m not sure how we found it because there was no sign and it was hidden behind tall hedges but when we did it was certainly a magically spot. It was truly a peaceful and respectful place to honour those who have fought for our country…






After Clivedon we drove to our Farmstay B&B which was about 1/2 hr from my cycle race at Lydiard park. Sunday morning did not start out as the best weather and for a split second I thought of bailing but didn’t and had a great ride. I came 11th out of 104, with a respectable time of 40km in 1hr40min.


We were very close to a town owned by the National Trust called Lacock and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go after the race. Lacock Abbey was built in 1226!!!!! They filmed some of Harry Potter here as well as many BBC productions…




Give me a break a was tired after my ride! Good spot for a nap.

Part of the Abbey was turned into a family home at some point in history long ago and was lived in up until about the 1940s…





The town was even more impressive. The houses have not changed!…


You could just imagine that you were in a Jane Austin production except with cars parked outside all the homes!

Another jammed packed weekend for us.