We joined Nico and Lize for a camping weekend near the Forest of Dean in the Wye Valley (on the border between England and Wales). It's a stunning location - a really beautiful place to go walking or cycling. Being the school holidays it was quite busy with many families making the most of enjoying themselves - many even brought their dogs along! http://www.forestholidays.co.uk/
Thursday, 28 August 2008
On our last day we stopped at Harts Barn Craft Centre for lunch. The building was once an old Norman hunting lodge built by William, Duke of Normandy to keep his hounds when he came to hunt in the forest. We met 2 resident artists: Chris, a design jeweller and Carrie, a stone mason. Chris kindly offered to polish our wedding bands while we had lunch in the tea room. Carrie studied sculpture after school and then entered into an apprenticeship to become a stone mason. That morning she was busy carving the name of someone's house on stone - it was a prize that they had won at the stone mason's craft fair that had been held recently.
To find out more:
Harts Barn Craft Centre: http://www.fweb.org/.uk/hartsbarn
Cat's Eye Carving: www.catseyecarving.co.uk/
Chris Ball Design Jeweller: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last stop was at Tintern Abbey. The Abbey was originally founded by the Cistercian Monks in 1131 AD and was later rebuilt between 1270 and 1300. Although only ruins remain, it is really very beautiful - one feels a sense of awe while walking through it. Much work is being done to preserve and restore the building - see www.tintern.org.uk
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Nico and Lize joined us for a leisurely cycle around Bewl Water.
No trip around the lake is complete without a stopover at the pub for lunch.
Jo and I baked 2 cakes for a charity "coffee morning" on the Friday evening - many laughs and much fun was had - George enjoyed the role of chief "taster"