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Spring 2000 - England and Italy

England Photos 5

Buttercup Field

May 24. Today we walked through fields of buttercups. Our boots and pants are covered in the yellow pollen. In this picture, we are walking across the Painswick valley to our cottage, which you can see off in the distance.

Chipping Campden

On Sunday we spent the afternoon in Chipping Campden, a beautiful Cotswold village. This is the old market square. I am putting this picture here for my dentist, Jim, who loves this town. (Hi Jim and Pam!) Even though the skies were almost black, we didn't get rain.

Car in lane This is the lane we drive down to get to our cottage. This is not a major road (not a motorway, not an "A" road, not a "B" road), but it is a regular road on the map. It is a "white road" or a "single track road". We are frequently on roads like this. As you can see, there is no room to pass an oncoming car (and this is a two way road). If you meet a car, the one closest to a pullout backs up to it and then the other creeps past. The system actually works very well, but it is a bit frightening at first. I always accuse Steve of driving closer to the edge on the passanger side (my side). I think he does it for self-preservation (his side of the car won't get hit). During the first few days, before I got used to the driving, I threatened to sit in the back seat behind him (so that at least I would be saved too when the car hit something on the passanger side). But then we both got used to it all. Although, when Steve saw this picture he noticed that the car was much closer to the edge on the passenger side! Is he just trying to drive on his correct side of the road?

Pauline Walking along footpaths almost covered by the Queen Anne's Lace.

Absinthe Okay, this picture is for Ron (Dana's husband). Absinthe is the drink that drove all the artists mad in the 1800s. It used to have some powerful herbs in it; today's version doesn't have them all. Then it was made illegal in many countries. It is still illegal in the US (I looked it up on the customs page). It was made legal in England about 6 months ago. So we bought a bottle. Beautiful color, tastes like Pernod but better, packs a wallop! We didn't finish the bottle and can't bring it home. So we took a picture.


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