I delivered Christine to Heathrow and off she went back home to NZ.
I however had two more months to fill till I headed home.
This is Stratford on Avon, these were visiting Morris dancers. I had arranged to meet some fellow buskers from the Cafe Sax forum, here is Andy and Peter, who arranged all the permits. Even though we had them, we still got shifted on by the authorities for making too much noise.
Before leaving Bard country, I happened to be sitting near these Welsh women who were having some fun and made the mistake of chatting to them, this is the result....
All in good jest....no liberties taken or meant!
It seemed a totally different world on the canal boats, (the one above is 56ft long). They travel very leisurely at walking pace, and no doubt have all the mod cons, and there are even quite a few pubs beside the canals.
One small town in rural Wales had a sheep sale going and it was right next to the town carpark, so I mosied along for a look and listen. It was quite different to a NZ sheep sale, with pens split up into smaller batches and I was very suprised at the prices at 120 pounds each for two tooth ewes and 80-100 for older full mouth ewes.
Hate to think what would happen to all these beautiful old building in the UK, if they had an earthquake on the scale of Christchurch NZ, as some of them already have moved quite a considerable way already.
In a very short time I packed in a lot, walking around Liverpool, just happened to pass the Cavern, famous for the early days in the Beatles careers.
But the highlight for me was visiting the cathedrals in Liverpool.
This is the Protestant Cathedral, just down the road from the later and more impressive Catholic Cathedral.(below)
I was amazed to see contemporary sculptures and paintings of the Beatles on display inside.
I talked to a man who was putting chairs out for a larger service in the huge hall, who turned out to be the verger of the Church, and invited me to the Lady Chapel Service which was to be on very soon.
Liverpool these days has many new buildings and a huge new Art Gallery/Museum about to open in 2011, with a super modern feel.
After a couple of weeks sleeping in the car going from pub meal to pub meal I headed for Tim, our cyclist friend in York who had agreed to help me sell the used (4 days!) Bob bicycle trailer on eBay.
This was a mobile Post Office which services the villages in the countryside of Yorkshire that don't have a PO, pretty impressive service I thought.
We also headed a little south and east to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, taking in a David Nash exhibition. Below is one by Andy Goldsworthy, that took my fancy.
So now I was refreshed and ready for new adventures and headed north to work as a woofer on an organic farm, 25 miles east of Edinburgh in East Lothian.
So till Blog #11 Stay safe and be creative at every opportunity....your mental health depends upon it.
Cheers and Ciao