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27th-Jun-2014 09:21 pm - Money !!
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AN UNEXPECTED CASH WINDFALL...

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Long story short...
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20th-May-2014 07:57 pm - Chelsea in Bloom 2014
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CHELSEA IN BLOOM...

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COME AND VOTE FOR US !!

Yes - it's time for the Chelsea Flower Show again and that means one thing - it's also time for the annual 'Chelsea in Bloom' shop window competition...Of course, Peter Jones has an entry, devised and created by one of our team, Olivia - seen here putting the finishing touches to her design - Isn't it fab ?!! Come here and cast your vote, (hopefully for us) - there's a photo-gallery, and we're the eleventh shop in on the top row. Go here to cast your vote :-

http://www.chelseainbloom.co.uk/gallery/

I will be going round to take a whole host of photos of the best in this competition later in the week, so keep an eye open for my post !! In the meantime, come and vote for us... 
8th-Apr-2014 11:21 pm(no subject)
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ABBA 40TH ANNIVERSARY EVENING

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'THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC !!'

A few weeks ago, Adam came home from work with a rather large square black envelope in his hand - and rather more surprisingly, it was addressed to me !! Turns out it was a VIP invitation that every Abba fan would just die to get their hands on...

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23rd-Feb-2014 09:55 am - Canadian birds
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CANADIAN BIRD VISITORS...
We have come to Ontario, Canada to visit my in-laws for a week. They currently have about 14 inches of new snow covering their back garden, and their bird-feeder has been extremely busy this morning. Amongst many other more familiar birds, and in the space of two minutes, both these birdies came and said hello and left with beaks full of nuts...

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A beautiful male Blue jay - what a sight !! We've actually had two or three of these this morning...

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And a gorgeous orangey-red Cardinal !! What a sight...
28th-Jan-2014 07:25 pm(no subject)
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FIVE DAYS IN KRAKOW…

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Yes – we have just returned from a very long weekend over in the city of Krakow, in Poland, to celebrate Marzena’s 40th birthday – one of our many Polish friends. We have been to Krakow before back in 2005, when another of our Polish friends, Iwona, got married to one of our equally numerous English friends, Paul. The post for that occasion is here :-

http://wendysrandomscribblings.wordpress.com/2005/09/08/fun-in-poland-part-3/

You may want to read that one in conjunction with this one, as I may refer back to it. Mainly because we revisited some places and got to see how other places have developed since then !!

Marzenka and her husband Simon got married here in Krakow just over two years ago, and now they have a young son, William, and they felt like revisiting the city of their marriage and having some friends along to celebrate it with. We had a marvellous weekend, with much eating, drinking, playing of games and fun – we had three very young children with us which made for a very different holiday indeed – for us anyway !!

This post has been written in my new WordPress blog, but I didn't want any of my Live Journal friends to miss it, even though it will take you half an hour to read it !!
Te link is here:-

http://wendysrandomscribblings.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/krakow-fun/#more-363

9th-Jan-2014 09:24 pm(no subject)
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THE CHEAPSIDE HOARD !!

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Come on over to my new jewellery blog to see my posts about our visit to the Cheapside Hoard Exhibition at the Museum of London...

http://vintagejewelleryfun.wordpress.com/
7th-Jan-2014 07:49 pm - New Year 2014 !!
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A BELATED HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE !!

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A DECISION & AN ANNOUNCEMENT !!

This is a teensy bit late I know, but I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break, and is looking forward to a new and creative year to come. I certainly am, and of late,  I have come to a startling decision regarding my two journal at Live Journal.com...

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15th-Dec-2013 09:37 am - Christmas Table
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CHRISTMAS FUN IN CHINA & GLASS !!

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DRESSING THE CHRISTMAS TABLE
Last week, I thought we really needed a bit of a Christmas boost in our main entrance onto Sloane Square. This is our China & Glass display table right in the entrance as you come into the store - it's the first thing you see as you come in, and the last thing you see as you leave - therefore, it has to make a bit of an impact. So, with a bit of help from my talented colleague Dominic, we dressed this table to within an inch of its life...

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12th-Nov-2013 11:26 am - JL Xmas ad
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JOHN LEWIS CHRISTMAS TV ADVERT 2013




THE BEAR & THE HARE

Just have a look at this 2 minute cartoon, and tell me this isn't the most appealing Christmas advert ever...
Done in the traditional hand-drawn and hand-cut stencil-work stop-motion animation techniques, the quality of this little cartoon is fantastic - just like the older Disney cartoon feature-length films, and the storyline is guaranteed to make you think of Christmas as something other than a time for spending money at a department store - even if it IS John Lewis !!
26th-Oct-2013 06:54 am - Best Christmas windows ever !!
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BEST CHRISTMAS WINDOWS EVER !!

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DYSON REINDEER AND OTHER FABULOUS CREATURES...

Yes - all of us at Peter Jones had the absolute pleasure of unveiling our amazing Christmas windows on the world yesterday, after two whole weeks of being shrouded in darkness and secrecy - and for once, the VM team had nothing to do with it !!
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13th-Oct-2013 12:25 pm - E-bay fun !!
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E-BAY FUN !!

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COME AND SEE MY LATEST ITEMS FOR SALE...
Here's one:-
My beautiful little butterfly pendant in cobalt blue guilloche enamel, on a fine gold chain - only 2cms across, this is a must
 for anyone who loves delicate jewellery !!
Click on the link for some more jewelled delights...

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14th-Sep-2013 08:55 pm - London's Waterways - Part 1
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A NEW WAY TO SEE LONDON...

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EXPLORING THE CAPITAL'S SECRET WATERWAYS !!

My second week off at the end of August was dominated by the four day trip we took on a 58-foot long canal boat named 'Kathleen', hired from the Willow-tree Marina in the west of London, near where we live just outside Ealing !! We have often thought that thids would be an interesting journey, and so it proved !! Our route would take us a whole four days - remember, the speed limit on the canals of Great Britain is all of 4 miles per hour !!

OUR ROUTE:-
Travelling along the old Grand Union Canal, right round to the Paddington Basin and Little Venice, where we would then take a left turn into the Regent's Canal, and travel all the way round North and North-east London to the Limehouse Basin in the east London docklands area. There we would take another left turn into the Limehouse Cut which skirts round the Olympic Park, and links the Regent's Canal to the ancient River Lea Navigation, now a canal waterway, which in turn leads into the Hertford Canal, which returns back to the Regent's Canal just outside Victoria Park in Hackney Wick !! Then we would make the return journey exactly the same way we had come, all the way back to the Willow-tree Marina, where Our Kathleen had to be returned by 9.30 am on Friday morning !!
Wow - what a journey and what a fabulous way to see London in a totally new light !!



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31st-Aug-2013 04:34 pm - Fishbourne Palace & Bignor Villa
ANCIENT ROMAN DISCOVERIES DOWN IN CHICHESTER:-

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FISHBOURNE PALACE & BIGNOR VILLA

After leaving Portsmouth, we drove over to Chichester where we had booked into a hotel for the night, as next day we planned to visit one of the best Roman Palace remains in Britain, specifically famous for its beautiful mosaics - and as you all know, I love a good mosaic !!
As a bonus, when we finished looking round Fishbourne Palace, Russ suggested that as we were in the area, we may as well visit a second smaller Roman Villa, also known for its mosaics, which was only about five miles away - Bignor Villa isn't quite as big as Fishbourne, but oh, the treasures they had there were beautiful !!
So come and see some of the best mosaics in Britain, all around 1900 years old !!

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25th-Aug-2013 12:46 pm - 1. The Mary Rose Exhibition
OF SUNKEN TREASURE & ANCIENT FINDS !!

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EXPLORING THE MARY-ROSE IN PORTSMOUTH, AND TWO ROMAN VILLAS IN SUSSEX...

Last weekend, the first part of our two week break started with a trip off down to Sussex, with me recovering from a very nasty stomach bug that had me off work for three days !! Nothing daunted, I dosed myself up with Lomotil and hoped for the best !!

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24th-Aug-2013 09:04 am - Latest e-bay sales !!
COME AND SEE...

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MY LATEST JEWELLERY ITEMS ON E-BAY !!

This delightful cheeky little tree-frog is only one of 15 new items up for sale on my E-bay page as from 8pm today ( BST) If you love 1980s jewellery, then do pop over and have a good look, as there are loads of big & bold earrings, both enamelled and gold-coloured, and lots of beautiful brooches too.
Here are two of the best - this amazing butterfly brooch really is a statement piece not to be missed, as is the gorgeous diamanté lizard. Every item has a Buy it Now price, if you hate the whole Auction idea...

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http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/wendylady2/
10th-Aug-2013 11:02 am - Highclere Castle event
ALL YOU 'DOWNTON ABBEY' FANS - RECOGNISE THIS ?

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WANDERING ROUND HIGHCLERE CASTLE !!

Yes - we visited Highclere Castle for a book-launch last week - Lady Carnarvon has written the second book detailing the real goings on in the castle during the Downton Abbey era - and we got a little tour - fascinating stuff !!

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8th-Aug-2013 08:50 am - E-bay fun !!
COME OVER TO E-BAY UK, AND SEE WHAT I AM SELLING TODAY !!

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I am selling 23 fabulous items at the moment - and enjoying the whole treasure-hunt aspect of it tremendously !! The best thing is that if something doesn't sell the first time, e-bay, in their generosity, relists it for free - how marvellous !!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/wendylady2/m.html?_ipg=100&_from&_nkw&_armrs=1&_sop=1

I am finding that I'm definitely drawn towards animals and birds, insects, dragonflies and butterflies. I also love the geometric shapes of the Art Deco period (1920-1939) and the earlier and more romantic Art Nouveau period (1890 - 1910) I also love the boldness of the 1980s, and there are loads of things from then around at the moment, as you can imagine. The gold metal and diamanté spider above is typical of that period, and the auction price starts at only £1.99 for most things - so come on over and have a look at my catalogue - maybe treat yourself to a bargain ! I am listed as only selling to the UK and Europe, but if you are in the States and really like something, bid for it anyway, and then e-mail or PM me on e-bay and I will sort something out postage-wise !! You will be privileged because you are a Live Journal friend !!
28th-Apr-2013 12:03 pm - Adventures in Croatia 4 : Zadar
ADVENTURES IN CROATIA : 4

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Here we are with my fourth post regarding our little five-day break in Croatia - the final part of our week was Friday, which saw us travelling right up through the bottom part of Croatia, from Dubrovnik all the way up to Zadar, in order to catch our plane back to London...and as we arrived with three or four hours to spare, we decided to see the old centre of Zadar, where we understood some Roman remains still stood...
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24th-Apr-2013 06:32 am - Adventures in Croatia 3 : Dubrovnik
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DUBROVNIK
The second half of our five day jaunt to Croatia, a few weeks ago, was spent in the romantic southern city of Dubrovnik - a wonderful little old port, with loads of islands off its coast to explore, and a simply fabulous Old Town in the centre, paved with creamy-white marble, and furnished with golden sandstone buildings all decorated with gorgeous medieval carvings - the whole city surrounded by high fiercely-fortified walls, which today, are one of the best walks in Europe...

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16th-Apr-2013 06:29 am - Adventures in Croatia 2 : Salona
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SALONA - A RUINED ROMAN CITY
During our two or three days in Split, we made sure we had time to go out to the ancient ruins of Salona, just in the suburbs of the city - and after seeing all the beautiful artefacts in the Archaeological Museum in Split the day before, it was great to put everything we saw there into the context of the place itself.
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13th-Apr-2013 12:40 pm - Adventures in Croatia 1 : Split
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SPLIT - A ROMAN CITY

Last week, we decided to make a return journey, after five years, to one of the most interesting Ancient Roman sites in Europe, and one which you don't hear much about really - Split, the city that grew up inside a Roman Emperor's Palace !!
We also decided to combine it with a visit to uncharted territory for us - Dubrovnik, down in the South of Croatia, on the Dalmation coast !! We flew to Zadar in the north of Croatia, and hired a car to drive down to Split which is about half way down. There we would have three days to explore both the ancient/modern city of Split and the ancient ruins of Salona, just there in the suburbs, and photograph everything we needed to, before driving the rest of the way down to the very south of Croatia, and the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. We'd have two nights there before driving all the way back to Zadar for our return flight home to London on Friday...



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15th-Mar-2013 09:05 pm - Guiness ad in C.K. !!
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GUINNESS AD - IN CESKY KRUMLOV !!

Oh my - just look at this !! This turned up on Facebook, posted from a friend who has been to this little medieval town himself, along with us, during their annual Festival of the Five-Petalled Rose - he couldn't believe that Guinness had used it to film their latest advert - but, yes, it's true...



Adam and I are of the opinion that they used the main shots from Cesky Krumlov and the neighbouring town, Cesky Budjevice, (for the clock tower anyway) and spliced scenes together !!
The centre Square is most definitely Cesky Krumlov anyway...so do come and see this beautiful little town for yourself...
If you have enjoyed my posts about our various holidays around Europe before going there, do come and see this short video, and if you've missed out on my photos from this amazing little corner of Eastern Europe, then by all means, do go to the link below and read all about this Medieval town and its annual festival - costumes, jousting, locally-brewed beer, spit-roast pork in the street - you name it...


http://wendylady1.livejournal.com/tag/travelling%20in%20central%20europe

What fun !!
9th-Feb-2013 06:15 pm - Anglo-EU Translation Guide
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FOR MY US FRIENDS
(& EVERYONE ELSE TOO, FOR THAT MATTER !!) :-


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13th-Jan-2013 11:05 am(no subject)
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FASHION POLICE FILES UPDATE...

 

PRE-FALL COLLECTIONS : 1 & 2 NOW POSTED !!

For all of my new LJ friends who have come here as a result of the latest round of friending that has been going on lately, here is an invitation to come on over to my fashion blog, and read my latest red-carpet-prediction runway reports from the Pre-Fall Collections that have been going on over the last month or so.  Come and drool over the latest evening and cocktail party dresses, and try and predict who will wear what and when...

Part 1 is here:- http://wendylady2.livejournal.com/139447.html

Part 2 is here:- http://wendylady2.livejournal.com/139668.html

The Golden Globes are happening tonight of course, and my report on the Best Dressed and Worst Dressed will be up over the course of the next week or so - I take my time as I have a full time job, and have to fit this in around it, and I also like to be thorough with lots of good detail shots - so keep a look out for that !!

Do feel free to befriend my fashion blog if you like what you see - you have to be a friend in order to comment and chat !!
9th-Jan-2013 01:36 pm - New Year in Portmeirion, North Wales
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WELCOME TO 'THE VILLAGE'...

We decided to go away for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day this year, as we had the opportunity of a four day break, which in retail is extremely rare at this time of year, as you may guess !! Adam took it into his head that it would be interesting to go and see one of the most iconic TV locations in Britain today - the little hotel-village of Portmeirion. The older readers in here may possibly recognise this place from the late 60s cult TV Sci-fi drama "The Prisoner" starring Patrick McGoohan, and a whole raft of other British thesps drafted in to play Number 2 to Patrick's Number 6 (I am not a number - I am a free man !!)
(The amazing panoramic shot above is an amalgamation of two panoramas taken by my friend Russ, who accompanied us on this trip and contributed several of the photographs herein...so thank you Russ !!)

We decided to drive up to North Wales, on Sunday 30th December, and stop on the way to take a look at Ironbridge near Telford,  another place we wanted to see, so I'll natter about that in my next post. For now, come and see the amazing architectural surrealism of Portmeirion in all its glory - it's a long one, so be prepared for about eighty-five or so big pics...

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6th-Jan-2013 06:20 pm - New Year 2013
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TO ALL MY LJ FRIENDS...



IMPORTANT : COME AND LINK TO THIS POST...

Wishing all my brilliant LJ friends a Very Happy New Year...
I have had a bit of an epiphany today - If like me, you have had that shrinking feeling where LJ is concerned, let's do something about it - let's take matters into our own hands and get ourselves known out there:-

I got wind of this from a couple of other journals who are hosting similar things to this, so I thought I would too, as I think it's a great idea...
If, like me, you are getting a bit low on LJ friends, and would like to attract new readers to your journal, post in here with a brief description of your own journal - what you like to write about, what you like to read about, and what kind of people you would like to be friends with. Then, most importantly, go and post on your own journal with a link to this post, and urge your existing friends to do the same - hopefully, we will all get to know some new people and make some new friends in here..let's make this go a bit viral...feel free to make new friends galore !!

I mentioned two other people hosting similar ventures - here are the links to their posts :-

http://users.livejournal.com/lindalee_/1336803.html

http://blue-eye.livejournal.com/1145005.html

Please support them, and me in this, as I'm sure you agree, we could probably all do with some new friends - it's lovely to meet new people...
22nd-Dec-2012 08:51 am - Happy Christmas
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TO ALL MY FRIENDS...



Christmas is once again upon us, and - hey look - we're all still here, despite the general nonsense going around about the world ending, just because some ancient Mayan couldn't see past yesterday's date !!
Live Journal is so quiet these days isn't it - even I don't post nearly as often as I used to, which is a shame, because this used to be such a lively place - with discussions and debates, and interesting posts - and a dedicated place on your Home page where you could find interesting journals as well as the most popular communities...but not any more !! The demise of the LJ Spotlight has had a really detrimental effect on my fashion journal - I can't get it highlighted every so often to boost readership levels any more, so my readership has suffered a natural drop-off, and now I only get around 200-300 hits per day instead of the usual 900-1000 - quite a drop in numbers, as you can see...
Where is everyone ?
This weekend, it's still raining I see, so perhaps I will post a couple of posts today, concerning my recent Christmas decorating at work, and at home...come and see when the posts appears !!
How about we all post some photos of our own homes decorated for Christmas - I could do with some Good Cheer !!
18th-Dec-2012 06:23 pm - The Hobbit
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"SONG OF THE LONELY MOUNTAIN"



Oh - I can't wait to see this movie - someone quick - get me this soundtrack for Christmas !!
24th-Nov-2012 12:07 pm - Deal Castle, Kent
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DEAL CASTLE - HENRY VIII 'S BORDER CONTROL

Here we are down in Kent again - this time, we're off to one of King Henry VIII's Tudor Rose-shaped fortifications that he ordered to be built all around the South coast of England - very wisely actually, in view of two important facts:-
Firstly, he had just divorced himself from his wife, Catherine of Aragon, in favour of a newer, younger model, thus pissing off his greatest ally against France, the King of Spain.
Secondly, he had just established himself as the Head of the newly created Church of England, thus pissing off mightily the Pope - possibly the most important man on the planet at the time...
Therefore he knew that England stood a great chance of being invaded by Spain/France/the Pope's forces - or any combination of these !!

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9th-Nov-2012 11:43 am - Canterbury Cathedral
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CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL - A MEDIEVAL MASTERPIECE !!

We've enjoyed a couple of weekend trips to the fine city of Canterbury recently, with our good friend Russ, who lives in nearby Herne Bay, so I thought I'd regale you with the highlights of the various historic places we've seen there, starting with a mega-post concerning one of Britain's finest churches.
Put aside a good half hour to read this and absorb the inspiring beauty within. It must be said that whatever else we do, us Brits can produce a fabulous cathedral...


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