Monday, 14 September 2009

Party for Life

We've just got back from a fabulous weekend away in Somerset, staying with our friends Sarah and Alex and their two children Jason and Katie. The highlight was the Party for life Ball, arranged by the inspirational Sarah, and committee from the village of Timsbury.

It was a very enjoyable evening and the atmosphere in the village as groups made their way to the hall, all done up in their evening dresses and dinner suits was magic. By the end of the evening it was known that at least £5000 had been raised, with still more to come. A fantastic effort, and hopefully it will become an annual event.

On Sunday we visited Cheddar Gorge and had lunch by the river. We weren't sure at the time what the river was at the bottom of the gorge. It seems that it is the river Yeo and that it comes out of the ground near the end of the gorge and feeds the nearby Cheddar Reservoir.
At the reservior Alex, Katie, Jason and Sarah feeding the gulls and swans.

Today Pam and I made our way home via Bath, a beautiful city that somehow we had not visited before.

This is the oldest house in Bath, dating back to 1482 and at one time (1680) Sally Lunn lived here. We didn't go in for any of her famous buns, but they are still baked here.

Bath Abbey, stands on the site of a Norman Cathedral. The current building dates back to 1499.

The Kings and Queens Baths.

The Pump House

Street entertainer, and entertaining he was!

The Royal Crescent was built between 1767 and 1775 to the design of John Wood the Younger, and forms a semi-ellipse of thirty Grade I listed houses. It is one the best know features of Bath and the residents have formed the Royal Crescent Society with the aim to: "preserve and enhance the amenities of the Royal Crescent and promote the interests of its Members".

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