Friday, September 25, 2015

Yatton, England

Hello, Dear Ones and thank you for coming along with me on our first day in England. Now some of you will think we're a bit quirky, well I guess we are, but we really didn't do much planning for this trip. Mr. Precious set us up in a few hotels and we would just meander here and there. Sometimes that's a great thing as you never know what you'll run into.
 When we got off the Queen Mary 2 a taxi took us to the car rental place and we picked up the car we had reserved. It was a KIA, sorta like a little SUV. But there was a problem and we knew exactly what we were getting into.
 It was bad enough that you had to drive on the opposite side of the road than in the US but the inside of the car was completely opposite too! Mr. Precious could do this, I knew he could. Now I couldn't drive the car because it was a standard and I never learned!! Just so you'll know, it wasn't easy. Mr. Precious was pretty jittery for a couple of days. There wasn't anyplace where we could stick our GPS so I held it in my dainty fingers and was the navigator! Between the two of us we did pretty well. Oh, one other thing...England didn't seem to have any stop signs - just roundabouts and they're everywhere!
 He had set up this lovely hotel before we left and he surprised me with it. Look what my most gorgeous peepers saw as we drove up the driveway!
 Can you believe it? This was an old home that was pretty much gutted and redone for business spaces and meeting rooms. Trust me, I went all through it. There was a concrete sign on it that said Cadbury. All I could think of was those little Cadbury eggs. I didn't do any research to find out the history of it just enjoyed it while we were here.
 This side is where all the rooms were.



 Forgive me for foaming all over this hotel, but just look! I couldn't help myself so I hope you'll indulge me! Vine covered beautifulness!
 Out on the property I met a little cow! :)
 Now knowing how I love my piano and Note Songs you'll understand how this stopped me in my tracks! It's almost a sin to see a piano gutted and sitting outside but knowing it was used so prettily as a flower pot, I got over it!
 This was the view from our room. The little gazebo was wedding central. We stayed here five days and saw four weddings. You'll notice my little cow friend out in the pasture! ;)
This was the picture hanging on our wall. Don't you just love it?
 Forgive me but I really loved this place.
 Now hop in the car with us and we'll take a little ride around the village. No, no, not that side...the other one! ;)
 We had a nice little lunch in this pub! Alas, it was not on Sunday and my tiny mouth was watering thinking about the Sunday roast!
Just had to show you this because it was so cute and the color of Pepto Bismol, not because I needed it or anything! ;) Just sayin'.

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'm Walking On Sunshine

I used to think maybe you loved me now baby I'm sure
And I just can't wait till the day when you knock on my door
Now every time I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down
'Cause I just can't wait 'til you write me you're coming around

I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
And don't it feel good
Hey, alright now
And don't it feel good, hey
I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it's true
And I don't want to spend my whole life, just waiting for you
Now I don't want you back for the weekend
Not back for a day, no no no
I said baby I just want you back
And I want you to stay (Oh yeah now!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
And don't it feel good
Hey, alright now
And don't it feel good (Yeah!)
And don't it feel good
Walking on sunshine
Walking on sunshine
I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real
I feel the love, I feel the love, I feel the love that's really real
I'm on sunshine baby (Ow! Oh yeah!)
I'm on sunshine baby (Ow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
I'm walking on sunshine (Wow!)
And don't it feel good (Hey! Alright now!)
And don't it feel good (I'll say it I'll say it I'll say it again now)
And don't it feel good (Hey yeah now!)
And don't it feel good (Don't it, don't it, don't it, don't it, don't it, don't it)
Feel good
And don't it feel good
~ sung by  Katrina and the Waves



29 comments:

  1. How lovely...it looks like you and Mr Precious had a lovely trip. Good for you that you 2 can just "get away" and have fun.

    I've not been on-line much this month...busy getting things done outside and inside!!

    Hugs,
    Jan ♥

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh how I would love to go to England! I think venturing out on your own in a car is far better than sticking with a planned tour group. I had to be the navigator when we visited Italy, but the cars and driving lanes were the same as in the US. You did fabulous not to plow through a herd of sheep!
    Do you ever watch "Keeping up Appearances?" Your trip makes me think of when she said, This day is . . . "Completely conducive to contemplating cozy charismatic country cottages."

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow, what a wonderful trip! Thanks for taking us along! I would be foaming over that gorgeous hotel too! Look forward to more of your trip! I'd love the visit England! ~have fun! Rhonda

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, I loved this post! The hotel is a dream. We have never driven in the UK (too scared), so I am mightily impressed with Mr. Precious' skills and bravery. Looking forward to more updates!

    ReplyDelete
  5. My dream trip! I love the cottages and castles...so much history, there. ♥ Bessy the Bossy!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Oh, Shelia! I'm loving touring England with you. In my dreams I'm there. Perhaps that's all it will be but someday I hope to visit and see the sites. I'm with you about gutting a piano but, perhaps, it had seen better days and needed to retire. That's a great way to use it instead of chopping it up for kindling (which I once heard someone did!). I hope you will share more of your trip with us. I can't wait to see it all!
    ~Adrienne~

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh que hermosos lugares de Inglaterra, Sheila muchas gracias por compartir su paseo. Yo tampoco hubiera pensado en usar un piano como maceta...pero por lo menos alegra ver crecer sus hermosas plantas. Saludos

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Shirley! It's always so nice to hear from you and I hope you're doing well.

      Delete
  8. What an amazing trip so far! Love that hotel and I would be all excited to stay there also! Can't wait for more of your trip. I wouldn't try to drive on the wrong side but so glad Mr Precious did as you got to see so many more things that way! Fun trip!
    hugs,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello Shelia, oh you must of had so much fun in England! I love the photos and hotel you stayed in. Thanks for sharing your first day with us.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Julie xo

    ReplyDelete
  10. How beautiful......glad you are having such a good time!!! xoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  11. Just lovely, Shelia. I'm enjoying your visit and look forward to the rest of your trip! ♥

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh what fun!! I am so jealous too! I've been to England twice but only for a few days at a time, so not much time to really enjoy looking around. Love seeing it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. How fun, I love your hotel and the cow and piano are amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This was so much fun to see. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.
    Looked like great fun.
    God bless,
    d

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh I wish I could go there one day! Looks magnificent! Did you happen to look up Hyacinth Bouquet?!

    ReplyDelete
  16. YOU are living my fantasy! Of COURSE you are walking on sunshine! With a beautiful hotel like that, charming villages, a car (and no terrible happenings) -- well, who wouldn't! It looks so wonderful, Shelia! I'm so excited you had such a wonderful time!

    ReplyDelete
  17. OMG...the hotel is lovely...it doesn't even look like a hotel!!! So glad you had a wonderful time with your Hubby!
    Not stop signs, roundabouts, and English stick shift cars!?! Not for me!!!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Shelia, I had no idea you were taking this trip. How special to travel on the QEII. I've long wanted to do that.
    I know you will enjoy every minute of your stay in the UK. So excited for you!

    ReplyDelete
  19. So good you are having such a good time. Very nice trip.

    ReplyDelete
  20. That had to take getting used to driving a car where everything and the roads are opposite. The hotel is lovely. I love to stay in pretty places. Very beautiful scenery. I am enjoying your trip. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Shelia, Love seeing the pics of your incredible trip. Beauty at every turn. How adorable you look standing with your new sweet friend. And, the cottages and the trailing vines all gorgeous. I had to smile at no stop signs. Wow, no stop signs would be very dangerous here. We are starting to see many round abouts here in our area of Texas and they are dangerous too. The piano is unreal. Never seen anything like this for a flower display. I guess in a way, it's giving the piano a bit more life rather then being trashed.
    The car and all the opposites would be a challenge.
    Have a wonderful first of fall weekend. Blessings, cm

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Shelia :)

    That hotel was beautiful. I can't imagine trying to drive there. Your husband is brave!!

    All I could think about when I read your story about the castle being closed was... "Sorry folks, the park's closed. The moose out front should have told you" LOL I'm sorry you didn't get to see it though.

    (((hugs)))
    rue

    ReplyDelete
  23. ahhh, what a wonderful time this must have been. So glad ya'll got to go and stay in this most amazing hotel...all of it just looks like FULL WONDERFULNESS.....XOXOXO

    ReplyDelete
  24. Lovely photos of your trip Shelia! Isn't it fun driving around there? We are getting more and more roundabouts or traffic circles in our city too, seems to be the way to go. :) The hotel looks so beautiful. Have a great day.
    Pam

    ReplyDelete
  25. Oh boy this is exactly the kind of experience I would want to have in the English countryside! The car driving would be challenging but I'm sure we could figure it out! The hotel you stayed at is fabulous- very deluxe accommodations! I wondered where that piano came from that I saw on Facebook! I just love the pictures of the village. I was staring at the details of the buildings- quite something! I'm enjoying your trip!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Travelling to England has always been a dream of mine. Mr. Note Songs did well in selecting your hotel---just beautiful! Love hearing about how you navigated with the car and road and GPS. Sounds like you both are pretty savvy!

    Have fun and keep us posted! :)

    Jane x

    ReplyDelete
  27. Shelia,
    That "Mr. Precious" is filled with surprises, dear friend!!!
    LOVED all the photos of Cadbury!!!
    You gave me a 'chuckle' when you reminded me of which side to enter the car!!!
    Roundabouts are everywhere in Europe!!!
    I remember driving through several while on 'tour of duty' in Germany!
    Yes!!! I drove during those years. . .and a standard shift!!!
    Thank you for sharing your adventures in England with us!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

    ReplyDelete
  28. Good grief, that hotel with its turrets is just fantastic! There are so many beautiful fairy-tale-like places in England. What we found even worse than driving on the 'wrong' side of the car on the 'wrong' side of the road, ;-) was the fact that road names would change, depending upon where you were on that road! It would start out with one name, then for a distance have another name, and so on. Difficult for Americans. At least the roundabouts give you time to get your bearings. You can always go around and around in the circle until you have it figured out. LOL

    ReplyDelete

I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)