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Home Again, Home Again… June 26, 2014

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I arrived home safely at midnight Tuesday night… with a fever. Which seems to have calmed down now. But was still fluctuating when I got up today. I had a great time in England (see previous seven or so posts), and am still deciding on the best way to share all 400ish pictures I took. Perhaps Flickr…

Coming up – fun with friends and a big picnic on Sunday. A bit more time off before my next class starts, so hopefully, I’ll either get some genealogy work done, or learn about Linux and Unix on my own, or both. We shall see. 🙂 Also, back on the job hunt. Wee!

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Bath June 23, 2014

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The Roman Baths

Baths

Full view of the Bath

Side bath

The Goddess Minerva of the Baths

Head of Goddess Minerva

 

The Abbey behind the Baths

Abbey View

 

Front of the Abbey

Front of Bath Abbey

Front door

Some of the many, many windows:

Window 1

Tall Window

Crests window

Many memorials

Memorials

More memorials

Large, decorative memorial

View down the center

Abbey Aisle

 

Caerphilly June 22, 2014

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Model of Caerphilly Castle

This model sits out in front of the castle.

The next few are from various points around the castle. It is rather huge.

One corner of the castle

One side of the castle

Coming around the front of the castle

Another corner of the castle

Over the wall into the castle

Next are the seige weaponry. During festivals they fire them.

Ballista overlooking the moat

Three siege engines

And finally, lots of various interesting bits inside the castle.

 

Drawbridge and K

K heading across the drawbridge toward the gate.

Tilted wall and statue

Odd statue holding up a tilting wall.

Interior room with fireplace and tapestry

Courtyard

Secret passage

Not so secret hall way behind the main rooms.

Grand Hall.

Grand hall, available for weddings.

Quiet garden

Interior wall

Window

Outer Wall

Wall that various teenagers kept climbing up into

Moat and hills Caerphilly town Town and hills outside the castle.

SS Great Britain and Buildings June 21, 2014

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Today we went to visit Brunel’s most famous ship, the SS Great Britain:

SS Great Britain in dry dock

 

It is fairly massive, and was the first one made of iron. It sailed over 1 million miles.

Me at the wheel, with the rest of the ship behind me

We mostly took pictures of the engine, because it was awesome and huge:

Biggest engine gear

More gears

More bits of engine

 

After exploring the ship, we went back to City Centre and took pictures of the Cathedral and the Central Library.

Cathedral plaque

Part of the Front of the Cathedral

Far end of the Cathedral

Library main door

Left side of the Library

Library building

 

International Centre for Birds of Prey June 20, 2014

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First things first, they have black labs that run all over the place, and recently had a litter of pups:

11 black lab puppies

11 black lab puppies

They were mostly sleepy, but occasionally one wandered out from the pack:

Single pup

Before the flight demonstrations, they brought some of the birds out of their cages to stare at the guests:

Kites I think

 

Eagle

Another Eagle

There were a great many adorable burrowing owls:

Burrowing Owl

It was impossible for me to catch the birds in flight, but I did manage the falcon, when she first brought him out.

Falcon

There were also vultures and hawks of all sorts:

Egyptian Vulture

Harris Hawk

 

And, because I rode in the front seat and it was frightening, I also took a picture of the narrow road… we often had to squish the car into the bushes, to let an oncoming car pass…

Narrow road

Stonehenge June 19, 2014

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Approaching stonehenge

You approach the henge from the least complete side.

single station stone

Going between the henge and a station stone to the right.

smaller stones

Looking inside you can see some of the smaller stones that lined up with the equinox.

Rest of the Photos courtesy of Kalyn.

Station stone

Henge with the other Station Stones to the side.

Raven

Henge with a raven flying by.

Stonehenge

From the side where you can best see how the outer ring’s stones all connected together.

Hydy at Henge

During the day, you have to stay behind the rope.

Standing Stone

This stone marks where the solstice lines up with the henge.

 

Slaughter stone

This stone in the ground was the one where the Victorians decided that the Druids sacrifice people. Both of these stones lie along the Avenue, which is a path to the Avon.

 

This describes how the henge changed over time, from  a raised bit with a ditch around it - the actual henge - to the different variations of the stone circles. It also explains that the big stones came from only 20 or so miles away, but that the smaller stones were the ones from Wales.

This describes how the henge changed over time, from a raised bit with a ditch around it – the actual henge – to the different variations of the stone circles. It also explains that the big sandstones came from only 20 or so miles away, but that the smaller bluestones were the ones from Wales.

Replica stone

This is a replica of one of the big sandstones, explaining how they were moved, and with and electronic thing on it to let you try pulling it and telling you how many more people you would need.

These were replica huts from an area next to Woodhenge, a bit away, where they were said to have feasts, and where the people who built Stonehenge are to have lived. They have several types of roof-styles as the archealogists sort out which would have worked best.

These were replica huts from an area next to Woodhenge, a bit away, where they were said to have feasts, and where the people who built Stonehenge are to have lived. They have several types of roof-styles as the archealogists sort out which would have worked best.

Inside the hut

Theys put together an interior with various tools and things that the Neolithic peoples would have had and used.

Firepit and pottery

Another shot with the firepit and some pottery.

Poppies

They have recently built a new visitos center, so the stirred up earth had created fields of poppies around it.

Stuffed Ravens

There are so many ravens about, that they sell stuffed ones in the gift shop.

Day One June 18, 2014

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Travel was long, but no major issues, even got to carry on my suitcase and only had to gate-check it once. Watched Frozen (fun), Gravity (good), Book Thief (cried a lot), and The Great Gatsby (definitely Baz, but also reminded me of The Talented Mr Ripley) on the overnight flight. CMH had the best wifi, Dulles was weak and the ground crew was ridiculously unorganized, and in Belgium, the UK flights (and one to Moscow) were gated in the lowest level where the WiFi didn’t reach. I posted my arrival as I made my way through the terminal, before I descended to the emptiness:

Empty Gate Area

Flight into Bristol was nice, though in a tiny, unmarked plane, and the flight crew seemed rather unhappy with their ground crew making us a few minutes late. The stewardess was worried about me and insisted I take some water when I told her I had been awake 20 hours. You could tell we were flying into England:

Clouds over England

Kalyn met me at arrivals after I repeatedy told people where she worked, cuz I didn’t know the address I was staying at and that I’d come through Brussels because it was cheaper. This seemed to confuse them. Also had to show my itinerary to prove I was leaving in a week. I got to ride  bus and a train to get to her place, and then she fed me second breakfast, before we went out for a short bus tour of the city.

Suspension Bridge

I really want to go out on this, the gorge is beautiful.

River below the bridge

The Downs

One of the Downs

Market Street

Market Street

Train Station

Left side of old train station

Train station 2

Center and right of old train station

Lots of Old Buildings

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And now we’re in for the night for dinner with the family, and possibly Red 2, since they have it and I haven’t seen it.

 

Exhausted June 13, 2014

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Three week management class successfully completed, with an A. Back to 7am shifts at work. So very tired this week. Had to spend two hours at the shop yesterday for an oil change because it took them an hour and a half to get my hood open. Apparently the latch had rusted, they tell me. Some WD40, and all better. Came home and slept the entire evening.

Having fun with friends tomorrow, and then Vacation! Yay!!! Can’t wait to see Kalyn! 🙂

This weekend also holds Father’s Day, my parent’s Anniversary, and Kalyn’s birthday. So a lot of celebrating to do. 🙂

May Term Complete June 5, 2014

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Just finished my last assignment for my Management class. I will post a few more replies tomorrow to round out the week’s discussions, but the hard part is over. All readings, quizzes and assignments are done. Wohoo!!

Had a nice, quiet weekend with the animals this past week. And another nice, quiet weekend coming up. There will be a birthday dinner/boardgame to attend on Saturday. But other than that – Relaxing! Yay, June.

Just went over my tourist plans with K today. We are going to do all the things, and it will be glorious. 🙂 So looking forward to visiting her, and meeting all her friends and some of her family.

In other news, The Narrative Gaming System books arrived last week, and all the domestic orders have been shipped out. Possibly he’s also managed the international ones by now, not sure. So, hurray on a project complete!