I've always dreamed of traveling overseas to see those places I have read about all my life. Since I retired from my job as a Primary school teacher in 2007, my husband and I have enjoyed traveling outside our homeland, Australia.
On this blog I am recording our travel experiences.I hope they will prove both interesting and beneficial to any readers.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
We set off for Sherborne Abbey through rolling
countryside , checkeredin greens and
thebright yellow of the rape crop in
flower. The road is lined with cow parsley everywhere we go. We
passed through some pretty little villages on the way and soon found Sherborne.
There was a cold wind blowing and it
was morning tea time so we found a lovely pub called the Half Moon where we had
a hot chocolate and a cappacino for the small sum of 4 pound – about half the
price of the same thing in Oz.
We returned to the abbey to explore this lovely
old building whose history goes back to the 700s. It is a very large, grand
building with a spectacular roof and lovely windows.
The abbey is apparently known for its music and
choir performances and after an invitation we sat in on the beginning of a free program which featured a girls’ school choir. These buildings certainly
have great acoustics.
Lunch was back at the HalfMoon after walking around the town a little
more then we returned to the car and set off for Sherborne Castle ( old and new
The old castle is a ruin courtesy of Oliver Cromwell but the new castle,
first built by Sir Walter Raleigh, is lovely and we toured inside where many
rooms are fairly well preserved and furnished.
The castle is still owned by the
Digby family who acquired it after Raleigh was beheaded and his property
confiscated by the King( James I ). The
grounds are lovely and were designed by Capability Brown whose talents we always admire.
On the way home we
managed to find the Cerne Giant, a huge drawing of a man drawn in chalk on the
hillside near the town of Cerne Abbas.
It’s origin is unknownso it could be really ancient or just 400
years old ! Either way it is really something.