Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms, Saville Row, Bath


7There are many places to eat and drink in Bath as in most places and I don’t flatter myself that Bath is any more special in that regard.  However, since I am blogging our Bath experience I feel duty bound to report on Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms at the top of Saville Row just below the Assembly Rooms.  I have sampled these before although it was still quite wintry and they made their contribution to my search for the best hot chocolate in Bath on that occasion.

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Why we will go back to Sydney


Vivid Opera House Sails
Vivid Opera House Sails

For all my non-Australian readers and perhaps some of my non-Sydneysider readers I thought I would share this with you.  Take a moment to enjoy this, it’s only a few minutes but it will put a smile on your face. Normally we would go and immerse ourselves in this annual event but I can only enjoy it at second-hand this year.  It looks like the best one so far.

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An Elizabethan Hunting Lodge


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This was another “Where shall we go this afternoon” effort on leaving Tetbury.  A quick search on the National Trust mobile app yielded Newark Park.  This began life as a hunting lodge in Elizabethan times and was added to over the years by successive owners until it was finally left to the NT.  By then it was in such a bad state of repair that the NT originally planned to leave it to become a ruin and just maintain the grounds.  Fortunately for all, a Texan on a bicycling holiday in the seventies (you couldn’t make that up) came across it a8nd decided that he wanted to buy it.  The NT were unwilling to actually sell so an arrangement was reach whereby he became a “repairing tenant”, that is he could live in it as long as he repaired it. Continue reading