2002 – June

The Queens jubilee gave us a 4 day weekend and an excuse to hire a car to trip about, Saturday was spent in Woodstock at Blenheim palace where Winston Churchill was born, the palace was very elaborate and the gardens perfection, the, maze however was a little disappointing and looked a bit scruffy. We then carried on to Oxford for a bit of shopping and an evening row on the river Thames before dinner with Karen & Gavin. Sunday had us heading off south to Wookey hole caves and paper making factory I have to admit these cave even rival Waitomo and our guide was brilliant. Next we headed to Chedder but it was so manic with people we just kept on trucking to our destination for the night, the Golant YHA. Here we saw our first Badgers who get fed by the chefs every night, solid little critters, a bit on the shy side. The following day we headed (quite by accident) to Goonhilly earth station, with 40 satellite dishes this is the most important communications link in Britain, all I could think about is that Aussie movie “the dish” with Sam Neill and them playing cricket in the dish. We then got back on the right track to St Michaels Mount, the tides weren’t with us so we had to catch a ferry rather than walk to the island then a short walk to the top to check out the castle. Penanze and Mousehole was next befor heading to Lands End which was the biggest disappointment as it so commercial with a monster of a building and charges to get in – I had expected to see lonely rugged cliffs with a walking track. Home was calling so we headed back to a good nights sleep, the next day had us driving round Bristol with me getting very frustrated as we kept driving round in circles getting lost, but we eventually found the places we were looking for.