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Sunday, April 15, 2007


CP and Diane arrived about 8:30 Friday and we sat chatting to about 12:45 and polished off two bottles of wine.

We didn't make London, instead I took the girls to Saffron Walden. It's a lovely small market towns. It has lots of craft shops and foody shops, the market has an olive stall, cheese stall and a nice fish stall. I got the feeling the girls just wanted to buy food and take it home to eat! We did pop into a rather nice coffee shop with HUGE scones.

On to Audley End Manor. What you see to day is a third of what it was when built for Lord Audley.

The yew hedge is fascinating.

The stables are all that remain from the original monastic buildings.

The Walled Garden had a pond fall of newts.

I then took them to Thaxted. The church is magnificent and there was a wedding going on.....

It appears that the bridge and groom were attached to two different teams of Morris Dancers.

Dinner was at the Starr at Great Dunmow. I can't remember what the girls had for starters but I had Scallops and Serano Ham. For main course I had Dornoch Lamb and kidneys, Diane had Halibut and CP Beef. Diane and I had Cheese and CP some chocolate thing. Very nice


Janine said...

Love the newt pond, also those yew hedges are pretty freaky. Great photos even with the "toy" camera. lol

Cherrypie said...

I had the seared tuna. It was all lovely

digi-birder said...

I had the goat's cheese tartlet thingy with honey ice cream - it was definitely all very scrumptious.