Old pics, forgot I had them. From Avebury, a National Trust property in Wiltshire, in early Spring. Stone circles, Neolithic burial chambers, a restored manor house, Bronze Age ‘barrows’…they’ve even got a Henge! A lovely part of England.
Long weekend in an Elvaston Woodsman at Darwin Forest. Lovely. Forest trails, indoor pool, soft play, Lover’s Walk in Matlock Bath, vanilla slice by the bandstand in Matlock, Sunday lunch at the White Lion in Great Longstone, Mad Men 4 on DVD, feeding ducks at Ashford-in-the-Water, Bakewell market and gypsy parking.
Perfect autumnal sunny days, too.
Pisa, Scorgiano, Pievescola, Siena, Sovicille, Rosia, Radda, the Poggibonsi PAM, Casole d’Elsa, Monteriggioni, Florence, Greve, San Gimignano, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Gaiole, Grosetto (where it is 10 degrees hotter), Montiano, Magliano, Orbetello, Fonteblanda. The beaches at Albarese, Torba, Giannella & Feniglia. The smell of jasmine, the poppies in the fields, the coffee, the ice cream, the food. Bruno, Teresa, Eleanora, Francesco, Penelope & Sergio. Canadians, Poles & Irish.
The soundtrack: Kishi Bashi, Stars, Andrew Bird. Watching Mad Men 4. Reading Caballo Blanco, Ray Bradbury, Fleshlight & Tourist Snapshots on Readibility. The drive: Fiat Panda. The diversion: Doncaster Airport.