St. Peter's Church in the village of West Lydford, England.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Keinton Mandeville, England.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Pogradec, Albania on October 2nd.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sore muscles

A little late getting to the blog post this morning. We've been busy making more travel plans, and we'll be able to tell you about them soon! In the meantime, we're keeping busy in Somerset, England. Only a week and a half to go until we leave for our six week tour of Eastern Europe!

While Ruth was enjoying a nice day out with her cousin Helen and dog Chester, I went to work with Helen's husband Tony. He had to install drywall on a ceiling in a renovation he's doing and that's a job for at least two sets of hands. And arms. And shoulders. And all of the other muscles that I haven't used for a while. It actually went pretty well though and I enjoyed getting out and doing something different for a change. But I admit that there are a few sore muscles this morning! While we have been very good at getting aerobic exercise in the five years since we sold our house, we do need to make more effort to do muscular activity for the upper body. Going to have to get back into doing push ups and such things.

Ruth, Helen, and Chester drove over to the gardens at Lytes Cary Manor, a National Trust property. They went to the free section only where you could walk around the surrounding property, although you could pay to see the gardens and the interior of the building. But it was a nice day anyhow.

There was quite a bit of blue sky yesterday.

Even Tony and I managed to sit in the sun and have our lunch. So it was nice to enjoy the clear weather because it didn't last long. It is raining again while I type this!

Lytes Cary Manor.

Checking out some more rail fares for Britain. This is for when we have returned to the U.K. in September. We need to book as far in advance as possible in order to get the good deals. In fact, I found one deal for taking the train that is almost as cheap as taking the bus! How about £16.00 ($26.00) total for the two of us to go from Manchester to Birmingham. Wait a minute, what will we be doing back in Manchester again? Stay tuned...


  1. Wow, you guys are finding some great deals. We sure are enjoying seeing all these places through your eyes!
    (and words)
    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  2. So glad my internet connection let me load your blog today. Had to get caught up and everywhere we've been. Can you imagine living in a Manor such as this one?

  3. Such Manicured Manors!
    Re: upper body fitness, our solution was to slowly pump (curl) hand dumbbells while taking long walks. Started with 3 lbs and now at 6 lbs. It kills two birds with one stone. We also invented overhead arm extensions for triceps and a couple other exercises. It really works you out on a long walk.
    Travel on!
    Box Canyon Mark

  4. those are quite the manicured hedges!..they must keep that gardner very busy!!!

  5. When you going to the Check Republic?

  6. Calvin and BrendaJuly 15, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Your picture of Wells Cathedral is beautiful, and the Lytes Cary Manor yard looks amazing.


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