10.08.2010 - 10.08.2010 18 °C
Ah yes. Another sunny day in England...is what I was wishing for and was sadly disappointed to not receive today. It rained the whole day, quite heavily at stages, so I was rather damp by the end of the day. All that rain seems to have caused some accidents as we got detoured a couple of times on the way to Glastonbury (one within 2 kms of our destination!) so what should have been a 1 hour trip ended up taking about double that - not helped by then not being able to find the B&B and circlilng the high street of Glastonbury in search (finally calling them and having them stand out the front so we knew where it was!). However, that was all at the end of the day.
The start of the day we drove down to the main town of Bradford-on-Avon where we had stayed just outside of the night before. Just for something completely different there were roadworks happening on the high street and as we sat there for an interminable amount of time, the rain started in earnest. So we decided to skip Bradford and head straight for Lacock. For anyone interested, you have probably seen parts of Lacock either in a period film or drama or for Jane in Harry Potter! The whole village is actually a National Trust site and next to it is Lacock Abbey which dates back to the early 1200's. A pity it was raining so hard the whole time but we still had a great time and took many pictures of us dripping wet! We ate at the stable yard cafe after being turned away by two establishments. The first had a toothless proprietor who despite having a menu board out the front, then told us they didn't do food any more (and even went so far as to show us a menu of what we could not get there). Go figure. The second (The Angel Cafe) supposedly had a ghost resident but was also not serving food when we arrived because it was too late. They sent us to their other cafe the Stable Yard and there we had a nice Ploughman's lunch (Max, remember that classic video??????) with Somerset Brie and Dawn indulged in a Victoria Sponge as they can't get them in Canada (she was praying as she was in the queue that no-one else wanted it as there was only one slice left). We both thought we were seeing things as we looked out the window at the rain and saw a gum tree! What was it doing here???? On closer examination, it was a gum tree and a very healthy one at that. We waded back to the car and set TomTom for Glastonbury, having to tell it to avoid roadblocks a couple of times as previously mentioned and ending up on a very narrow road to avoid travelling backwards for another hour when within sniffing distance of Glastonbury.
We took a quick walk around town and past the abbey to get the lay of the land for tomorrow as everything was already shut. Dinner was in a pub nearby called the "Who'd Have Thought It".