Good afternoon lovely people - apologies for the delay in posting today but we have literally just landed back after a week away in the lovely county of Wiltshire.
We were quite late booking this one but had a lovely cottage for the week, although the beds were a little on the firm side for my decidedly dodgy back if you know what I mean!
However, apart from that we wanted for nothing, there was even a welcome basket with biscuits, crisps and wine in it as well as butter, milk and cheese in the fridge!
The village we stopped in was called Corsham (they filmed a lot of Poldark there apparently although we didn't watch the series ourselves). It is not far from a the National Trust village of Lacock - famed for its filming as well including Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Half Blood Prince.
Being National Trust members we got to walk around Lacock Abbey, this is one of those knocked down during the dissolution of the monasteries and then later sold to a private owner who used the remains to build a country retreat. It was very lovely to have a walk around and the inventor of the photography lived there at some point in the dim and distant past.
Inside the great hall were terracotta statues in the niches.
And a display of costumes from the Hollow Crown series on the BBC in particular I liked the costume that Benedict Cumberbatch wore as Richard III.
This corridor was used in Harry Potter!
As was this, we saw Professor Quirrell's classroom as well as the place where the Mirror of Erised was housed - I love me a Harry Potter film location it has to be said!
We even managed a selfie in the cloisters.
We wandered the gardens and had a thoroughly lovely day!
Corsham is mighty pretty as you can see!
With a lovely church that we wandered around
And found this rather strange gravestone
We jaunted over to Fleet Air Arm museum, said 15 year old checked out the life rafts!
We got to see the second Concorde (the first British one) used for experiments at a point when they were trying to find out if it would be possible to fly super sonic.
The day after we had pre-booked tickets for Stonehenge, I will be honest and say I never actually thought I'd get to see this place. Don't ask me why. We had a fabulous few hours, walking around the stones, checking out the exhibition and enjoying the gift shop and cafe!
We were also visiting on a lovely blue sky day as you can see!
The day after and we headed to Avebury - the biggest stone circle in Britain complete with a pub and church within the circle apparently! Now here we were able to get up close to the stones (something sadly that you can no longer do at Stonehenge).
As you can see (I've no idea what I was doing but I didn't know hubby was taking the photo).
The Manor house at Avebury is famous for a BBC TV series the Manor Reborn, where the BBC were given permission to do whatever they wanted to the house. As a result all the rooms are interactive in that you climb on the beds, check out the chairs etc, because whilst the items might look old they are only about 5 years old!
Even the exercise chair was fun to try out - for those wet days when you don't want to take the horses out but still want the exercise, said 15 year old said it was strange!
Me and hubby also managed a jaunt to Stourhead, unfortunately said 15 year old was not feeling a hundred percent and so he stayed put for the day and rested watching DVDs etc.
Again we had another blue skies afternoon to explore!
And our final day (are you still with me) we went to Glastonbury. Somewhere we all fancied going. We loved the crystal shops of which there were numerous, thankfully my friend Sam had told us which was the best one to go to, so we headed there and we not disappointed!
She also recommended a wander up to the Chalice Well just outside Glastonbury, it was just what we needed to recharge our batteries if I'm honest.
And there we have it, grateful to be able to explore. Grateful that we managed to have some fun family days out with blue skies. Grateful for a lovely cottage and grateful for spending time together.
We are home, utterly shattered but feeling very positive about our lovely week away!
I hope yours has been grand, if you fancy joining pop a post together, mention that you are joining in Rocking Your World, pop back and link up and we can come and visit!