We quickly had a look at Corsham on our way back. This is a small town dating back to Medieval times. Famed for it's architecture, wool industry and a source for quarrying Bath stone.
During the second world war and the cold war, the town became a major administrative centre for the Ministry of Defence with numerous tunnels above ground and in the old quarry.
It was also famously the inspiration for Charles Dicken's novel, The Pickwick Papers which he wrote after he visited the area.
We were just too late for tea here, they took the sign in just as we approached.
Just a little garden update. This Rockrose hides the filtration system for the fish pond. I grew it from a cutting elsewhere in the garden and over the years it has done it's job well. Unfortunately so well that Alan now finds it almost impossible to get in to clean the filters. So reluctantly I realised that it was now necessary to remove it. I had to choose between a healthy p0nd or a pretty view.
So, it's all out, including other shrubs and ivy tangled up with it. Not a pretty site but.........
Replanted with shrubs that will not look so pretty but neither will they stop Alan having access when they eventually grow up.
In the last few weeks we have been experiencing relentless rain with almost tropical rain showers and storms. I have not sat out in the garden since before our holiday until Saturday afternoon when the sun shone brilliantly and brought with it swarms of large flying ants! Back into the house quickly, they were crawling over me and getting into my hair!
Here we have views taken at the back (sunset) of the house one evening last week and the second at the front (rainbow), both taken at the same time.
There are many, many more photos of our stay in Wiltshire, but have not had much time at my computer recently due to so many events at the moment including
two 60th birthday parties last weekend, outings and dinner engagements both here and at friends homes and church summer outreach activities. Stay tuned though, the photographs are good!