Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Last on my UK trip

About That Time Machine......
 I hope ya'll have enjoyed visiting the UK & France with me on the blog. I took literally thousands of pictures....and for the next trip....I will get me a new camera! (Did I tell you that 2 weeks before I was set to leave, I dropped my Nikon and broke it? I had to bend the outer case back so it would turn was horrible! But I made do....I love Nikon cameras...if mine could get stuck round a dogs neck and zoomed thru the house crashing into everything, and still somewhat work...they have my patronage till the end of time)
The second half of my free day on Wednesday during school was spent in the beautiful Cotswolds. For lunch, we stopped over in Lacock village.  What is amazing about Lacock, is that just about the entire village is owned by the National Trust...but the descendants of the original villagers still live there. The village dates from the 13th century~ I know they have electricity, but I am unsure if they have indoor plumbing...I am thinking they do not.  If the cars weren't there, one would think they walked back in time several hundred years.....I was totally at home.
If some of these buildings look familiar to you, thats because Lacock is a favorite backdrop for many movies over the years~ Harry Potter being one of them. 

 I really loved the colors~ and the textures. Everything has such character~ it is really magical to just stand there, and take it all in. To know, that what my eyes are looking at, has not changed for centuries.

 I I didnt want to spend my time in Lacock sitting in the Red Lion eating, so I grabbed a quick, but really awesome sandwich from the  Lacock Bakery 

Every home, every sight the eye can see, is a picture perfect postcard. :::::sigh::::: just look at this trailing rose....hello! Beautiful!

 Of coarse one cannot go to Lacock without visiting the famous Lacock Abbey.  The link I just posted has a beautiful view of the entire thing, built in 1232 if I remember right~ they were currently filming a series there, so blue tents were set up on the greens...and the famous Cloisters seen in Harry Potter were closed, as thats where the filming was taking place.

 The cloisters can be seen from the outside here, the courtyard you may recognize as Madame Hooch's Flying School scenes in Harry Potter were filmed here.

 Harry Potter & Dumbledore were filmed walking down the streets here in front of this pub

 These yellow roses just took my breath away~ I could literally just sit here and stare at them all day long, literally, I really mean it.

Does this home look familiar? It was used for Harry Potter's parent's home in the movies.  After Lunch and time to mingle in Lacock, we were off to another early village~ 

Welcome to Castle Combe

 Known as the prettiest village in England, it easy to see why....

 The shops and residences open straight away onto the streets, everyone has such beautiful gardens! And yes, it is as quiet and peaceful as it looks. There are no cars in the pictures because there is no parking ~ we parked in a lot to the edge of the village and walked in

 Oh. my. Golly.  Can I please have my home built over the road....please

 I would like to know, how old this rose is? I really wanted to knock on the door and ask...but didnt want to seem like a rude foreigner, so I didnt.

 One of the interesting features, if you want to call it that, of some of the homes, were the witch crosses...if not pointed out, one would never know what they were looking at. In medieval times they did very much believe in witches, and beneath the stone ball finial at the crest of the roof here, you can just make out 3 prongs of a cross. From below, they look like a normal base to the finial, but from above, they are seen as a cross. Witches flying overhead could see them and not be able to enter the home.
I wish there was space here for all my pictures! These were just some of my favorites~ it was such an enjoyable time for me, I am very much looking forward to going back in 2019...

1 comment:

Barbara Brown said...

You want your house over a road and I want mine to look just like that except over a river with a hole in the floor so I can sit in my chair and fish!! :-) I don't know if I could ever get used to my house opening directly onto the street. And it looks like no sidewalks. Where do people walk?? In the street?? I guess I'm just too Americanized. I need my sidewalk and front yard. It is a beautiful place though and really does take you back to a somewhat forgotten time. LY, Mom