All Chris told us was we were going on a walk and that Lisl would be joining us. Little did we know what was in store for us!
Let's start with the ubiquitous English narrowboats which we have grown to love!
It was a great way to start the day...
...and still have time to meet Lisl at 10 a.m.
We even had other views along the way,
including finding out Bath's Dutch sister city is Alkmaar,
approximately 55 miles north of us here in the Netherlands.
We were in for a surprise when we met up with Lisl at 10 a.m. (top right).
She and Chris are part of a nature group and we were joining them that day!
The leader of the gang that day was the gentleman in the middle-left image (above)
with his super-sized telescope for bird watching.
The birds happened to be perigrine falcons, nesting in the box of the upper church window
What a way to start our nature walk!
Continuing on...we wound our way around some of the Bath Locks
and actually watched a narrowboat passing through. Lucky timing.
While we see this all the time in Holland, it was different here...much more narrow.
Astrid was in heaven!
Suddenly we were really out in nature. Open fields.
Passing scenes that are soooo English, especially on a misty-rainy day.
Can you imagine anything more idyllic than this! Buttercups everywhere, soaking up the mist.
At this point, we were ready to enter the first of two cemeteries: Smallcombe Cemetery.
While others were finding all kinds of flora and fauna...
Astrid, Chris and I were off wandering. Astrid and I LOVE old cemeteries.
Some of it was pretty treacherous, actually. M U D D Y.
At one point, Astrid slipped and fell...after which we thought we had had enough.
Except for the fact we were now at the entrance to the Bath Abbey cemetery.
As in FAMOUS CHURCH cemetery! How could we say NO to that!
See what I mean? With views overlooking the city...to die for. HA!
We wound our way back through town...
(yup, that's Bath Abbey in the large center image above)
See Astrid's jeans? She really did slip and fall.
But what a trooper, cleaning up even MY shoes.
How's that for a day in the English countryside! See why we have fallen in love with England!
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There is still one more post to do on the 2012 England trip...of things on the farm....
AND a post to do on a trip to Amsterdam this past Friday when we met up with blogger Tor from Norway and a new blogger friend, Silvie....
AND the weekend we just spent in Laren (Gelderland) doing the photo shoot for Mart Martorell's new glassblowing shop's Grand Opening....
AND my early birthday celebration in Giethoorn the weekend after we returned from England! Giethoorn is Holland's Venice...but more on that when I get to it.
I guess you could say I have my work cut out for me, yes? See why I call this my job!?!
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Oh yes. All that and it's my turn at Vision and Verb today,
on WTMI = Way Too Much Information. :)