A Day in the English Countryside

One of the things that is amazing about traveling the world, is being able to meet up with people you have met along the way at a later time.  It’s even better when you get to see them in their own element… their hometown! Lucky for us, our friends G and Y live near Bedford and invited us over to stay for a weekend to show us around the countryside north of London.

After we arrived at their lovely home and got settled, they started our sightseeing adventure by taking us on a walk around High Street in a quaint and beautiful town called Stamford. There was a UB40 concert there that night, so it was busy with people walking towards the concert wearing UB40 t-shirts (I didn’t even realize they were that popular!).

(Also, I realized after a while traveling in England, that every town has a High Street… Anyone know what the significance of that is?)

The church in __________
One of the churches in Stamford
This scene... just so classically English in my mind. Beautiful.
This scene… just so classically English in my mind. Beautiful.
This was at a construction site... A stuffed monkey hanging over a toilet with a sign that said "Bad Night."
This was at a construction site… A stuffed monkey hanging over a toilet with a sign that said “Bad Night.”

Then we had dinner at a Michelin rated restaurant which I will write more about in my upcoming British food post.

After dinner we walked around the little village of Lyddington. We walked down a road lined with houses built in the 1600’s, some with actual thatched roofs! It was a trip for me as I didn’t realize that houses are still made with them. We walked around the Lyddington Bebe House which was surrounded by an old graveyard that Zoë ran through with reckless disregard for the respect that probably needed to be shown for the dead buried centuries earlier. It was later in the evening so we didn’t stop her, hopefully we didn’t offend anyone… I don’t think we did.

Going out for a walk in Lyddington.
Going out for a walk in Lyddington.
I would love to transplant this house to Phuket... Well, maybe it would be better suited in Northern California.
I would love to transplant this house to Phuket… Well, maybe it would be better suited in Northern California.
Zoë trying to get water from the town water pump.
Zoë trying to get water from the town water pump.

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The Lyddington Bebe House clock tower.
The Lyddington Bebe House clock tower.
Gate into the Lyddington Bebe House graveyard
Gate into the Lyddington Bebe House graveyard
The old graveyard.
The old graveyard.
More of the graveyard
More of the graveyard
Real Thatched Roofs! So this is what they look like!
Real Thatched Roofs! So this is what they look like!
A restaurant along the way had this pig outside and Z insisted on us taking her picture with him before we could move on. I was happy to oblige her!
A restaurant along the way had this pig outside and Z insisted on us taking her picture with him before we could move on. I was more than happy to oblige her!

That was just the first day of sightseeing, there is so much more to tell you about. In my Friday post this week I am going to tell you about our time at Rockingham Castle. And here’s a hint… there were men in armor on horseback involved!

 

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