Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog November 29

November 29, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


I hope you all had a fine Thanksgiving weekend. Did you shop Black Friday or Red Flannel Friday? Did you participate in Small Business Saturday? Did you Cyber Monday or Cider Monday? And what about #GivingTuesday, did you donate to your favorite charity or non-profit organization. Sure seems to me that Thanksgiving has totally gone the way of Christmas; these holidays are no longer family events but shopping and spending money events. I get it, businesses need to make money but I think things have gotten a little out of hand. I even saw a report where people were on their phones at the Thanksgiving dinner table ordering stuff online. Maybe I'm just getting old...

Also with the holidays approaching, scammers are out there waiting to get your identification and your money. You can sign up for Vermont's Scam Alert system by calling 800-649-2424 or by visiting their website https://www.uvm.edu/consumer.



Get Out and About Events

Holiday Happenings in Brownsville Saturday, Dec. 2 9 a.m. 2 p.m. Brownsville Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon at Town Hall; 4 p.m. Brownsville Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling, Fire Pit & Refreshments at Town Hall; 5:30 p.m. Christmas Concert at Brownsville Community Church.

Perkinsville Community Church Annual Christmas Candle Light Service in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. on Rt. 106. Holiday carols, harp, guitar, chime choir, vocals, piano, organ, flute, violin. All are welcome. Come and enjoy an evening of music and Christmas scripture readings.

Cookies & Cocktails Cooking Class in Perkinsville Saturday, Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting NYC based chef/cooking instructor/baker Molly Pam for a fun-filled holiday class. The $55 pp fee includes cookie making: pecan sandies, chocolate and caramel chews (chocolate cookie with a caramel center and icing), chocolate and almond biscotti , apple cider caramels, cardamom maple trees, cranberry Linzer cookies. And cocktail sipping: homemade Irish cream liqueur, blueberry bourbon bramble (blueberries with cloves, bourbon, and seltzer), blood orange and thyme gin and tonic. Call for reservations: 802-263-9217.

New Year's Eve at the Inn in Perkinsville Sunday, Dec. 31 7-11 p.m.. The Inn at Weathersfield is hosting a special evening with a farm-to-table fine dining experience and music provided by acoustic jazz guitarist Ed Eastride. (This experience is suited for adults as they won't be serving their children's menu this evening.) Call for reservations: 802-263-9217.



Music and Performances

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Dec 1. Steve Ellis, Dec. 8 Ali T., Dec. 15 Dave Clark, Dec. 22 Peter Neri, Dec. 29 Johnny O, Dec. 31 Ed Eastridge, Jan. 5 Ali T.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Dec. 3 Eric Mintel 4 p.m.; Dec 7, 9, 10 Clara's Dream; Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Dec. 1 Conniption Fits 8 p.m.; Dec. 8 Brad Myrick Band 7 p.m.; Dec. 15 Jason Cann 7 p.m.; Dec. 16 The Party Crashers 7 p.m.; Dec. 29 Sirsy 8 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Dec. 2 Rusted Chrome 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 9 Gully Boys 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 15 Justin Panigutti Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 19 Soul Fix Duo 6 p.m.; Dec. 21 George Nostrand Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 28 Jim Yeager Band 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 Dr. No 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 Chris Kleeman Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 31 New Year's Eve with Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage 9:30 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Historical Society Fundraiser in Perkinsville. "Round the World" queen size quilt handmade by Weathersfield resident Carolyn Van Tassel. On display at the Inn at Weathersfield, selling for $1200, money benefits the Weathersfield Historical Society. If interested in purchasing or have more questions call Maureen Bogosian at 603-252-0936.

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: Dec. 5, 2017. Cat Clinic in 2018: Feb. 13, April 10, May 8, June 5, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 6, Nov. 27 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, Nov. 21

November 21, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Have you signed up for a Turkey Trot yet? The Climb Fitness Center is hosting their 4th Annual 5K Thursday morning at 7:45 a.m. in Brownsville and Zack's Place in Woodstock is hosting their 11th Annual 5K Walk-Run-Wheel at 10 a.m.. Feeling ambitious, why not do both!

Weathersfield select board news: The select board was scheduled to meet on Monday, Nov. 20. The meeting will be reported on after the holiday. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: The school reports that 300 people attended their annual Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Grandparents, community members, parents, and neighbors attended the meal of roast turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, white or chocolate milk, and dessert. More information about the school call 802-674-5400.

Weathersfield Proctor Library news: The library will participate in "Giving Tuesday" on Tuesday, Nov. 28. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday allows people to donate money to worthy causes. The Library hopes to raise money for furniture for the children's room expansion. Just go to their website (weathersfieldproctorlibrary.org) and click on the "Donate" button or mail a check to Weathersfield Proctor Library, Post Office Box 519, Ascutney, VT 05030-0519. Then spread the word on social media using the hash-tag #GivingTuesday. Construction news-the foundation and walls have been poured for the children's room. Next up drilling into the existing foundation. More information about Giving Tuesday, the Friends or the library contact Mark at 802-674-2863.


Tuesday night we traveled to Derry, NH to Tupelo Music Hall and saw two of my favorite artists: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt together in an acoustic evening of songs and stories.





Friday night I attended a CD Release show at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in Pomfret, Vt. John O'Connor just released his new CD "Rare Songs." Check my blog for the concert review.




Get Out and About Events

Town of Weathersfield Holiday Hours Town Office and Highway Department-Closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Thursday. Nov. 23; Transfer Station-Closed Wednesday, Nov. 22; Proctor Library-Open on Wednesday, Nov. 22 Closed on Thursday, Nov 23. The Town Employees, Highway Crew and Town Volunteers wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Community Potluck and Programs in Perkinsville, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at noon, in Perkinsville Community Church Vestry. Bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. Beverages and paper goods are provided. All are welcome. Come and join the group for good food and conversation. Contact: Lorraine Zigman 802-263-5245.

Post-Thanksgiving Contra Dance at the Weathersfield Center Church, Friday, Nov. 24 7:30 p.m.. Dance to the calling of Dudley Laufman and have fun with your neighbors while dancing off some of your Thanksgiving feast. All welcome. This is a great dance for children, families, beginners and all who love a traditional New England dance. Fee $8 individual or $15 for a family.

Holiday Happenings in Brownsville Saturday, Dec. 2 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Brownsville Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon at Town Hall;  4 p.m. Brownsville Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling, Fire Pit & Refreshments at Town Hall; 5:30 p.m. Christmas Concert at Brownsville Community Church;



Music and Performances


Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Nov. 24 Ali T., Dec 1. Steve Ellis.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Nov. 25 Warren Miller’s Line of Descent 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. GA; Dec. 3 Eric Mintel 4 p.m.; Dec 7, 9, 10 Clara's Dream; Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Nov. 24 Ben Fuller 8-11 p.m.; Dec. 1 Conniption Fits 8 p.m. Dec. 8 Brad Myrick Band 7 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Nov. 24 River Frog 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 25 Binger 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 28 TBA; Nov. 30 Ted Mortimer and Katie Runde 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2 Rusted Chrome 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 9 Gully Boys 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15 Justin Panigutti Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 19 Soul Fix Duo 6 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.

John O'Connor's CD Release show at ArtisTree Community Arts

Nat Williams join John O'Connor at ArtisTree
As a young man, one of John O'Connor's job was working in a factory in Waterloo, Iowa. The rhythm of the machines gave him a rhythm that would follow him through life as a folk singer. On Friday, Nov. 17, the ArtisTree Community Arts Center hosted a CD release party for O'Connor's latest album "Rare Songs." (The $15 performance admission included a copy of the CD.) Local guitarist, Nat Williams accompanied O'Connor at the show and has traveled with O'Connor to a few venues helping to promote this new CD.

The intimate audience was taken on a journey through song and spoken word, as O'Connor sang songs that he wrote chronicling his time spent as factory worker, a worker in a homeless shelter, hitchhiker crossing the United States, a labor organizer, and folk musician often singing with his band Shays Rebellion at labor strikes and political rallies.

His song "Pressroom", with it's repetitious rhythm, gives the listeners a hint of what it's like to work in factory, doing the same thing, to the same sounds all day long, every day. One of jobs in high school was working in a factory listening to this mind numbing rhythm all day. 

He followed "Pressroom" with "Carpal Tunnel." A song he wrote when his band, Shay's Rebellion, was asked to perform at a meat packers strike in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. O'Connor started researching the reasons for the strike. He found out the workers were getting carpal tunnel from the speed and repetitive motion of carving up the carcasses. So he wrote a song about it. He prefaced it by saying "This is the only song I know about carpal tunnel" which drew a laugh from the audience. The song was sung a cappella, and once the song started the laughter faded and the audience was silent, hanging on every word. O'Connor shows his understanding of the meat packers plight in the line as to why the workers are getting carpal tunnel-"The curse of the speed on the carcass line."

After spending some time in Seattle, Washington, O'Connor moved back east in order to "save my career as a folk singer, I know that's a contradiction in terms: folk singer-career. That was the plan anyway." While in Seattle O'Connor said just about everyone he met was from somewhere else, but when he moved to Greenfield, Massachusetts he found that most people were from right there in Greenfield. He was asked to write a song for the town. His research lead him to discovering that Greenfield was a tool and die factory town on the Green River where the United Electrical Workers organized their union. Dealing with unions, strikes and union busting in previous years, he felt right at home. The song "Greenfield" was written and has been recorded on his new CD "rare Songs."

Following a brief intermission, O'Connor returned to the stage and read a couple of poems from his book of poetry. When asked which he prefers creating poetry or music he responded "I think I've gotten more out of the poetry...I don't have to worry how many people will be in the audience on any given night. I send the stuff (poems) out and if someone wants to publish it, they'll publish it."

His collection of poems, "Half the Truth", won the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry in 2015 and is available from Snake Nation Press (snakenationpress.org) or the Yankee Bookshop on Central Street in Woodstock, Vt.

He started writing poetry when he quit touring and moved to New York City. "Going from musician to poet is not always the best career move" he noted before reading "Beans." After reading two poems, the music returned with O'Connor and Williams performing a Woody Guthrie song "Hard Traveling."

Guitarist Nat Williams met John when the O'Connors purchased a house in Pomfret. The two have been jamming and performing together for the past few months. The O'Connors spilt their time between Franklin, NY and Pomfret, Vt.. O'Connor's next live appearance is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2018 at the People’s Voice Cafe New York City. he new CD is available online through his website: johnpauloconnor.com.

More photos from the show CLICK HERE


John O'Connor
Rare Songs CD Release Show
ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Pomfret, Vt, November 17, 2017
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weathersfield Weekly Blog, Nov. 15


November 15, 2017
Weathersfield, Vt.


Heads Up-Deadline for publication on this blog and in the Vermont Standard Column is Friday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. for publication Wednesday, Nov. 22 issues (early for Thanksgiving.)

Weathersfield select board news: At their regular meeting on Nov. 6 the board unanimously approved a request for $500 from the Bottle Fund made by Anthony French, Troop Master for Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls of West Windsor. The board went further by authorizing the Town Manager to make an agreement with Trail Life USA to work with the Town to transport and redeem the 5 cent redeemable bottles for 50% of the proceeds. The agreement came with conditions and may be revoked at anytime. More information about the select board and the town, contact Town Manager, Ed Morris, at 802-674-2626 or townmanager@weathersfield.org.

Weathersfield School news: The school held a lock down drill on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11:04 a.m.. The students were told earlier in the week by their teachers about the drill so they had the time to talk about it and review the plan. The school practices these drills to acclimate the students to various commands like “Clear the Hall; Secure the Building” and “All Clear.” The school reported that it took less than 30 seconds for the school to be perfectly still, for the kindergartners, who were out on the playground, to go into hiding outside, and for all indoor doors to be locked. More information about these drills and the school call 802-674-5400.


We traveled to Keene, NH to see Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt perform at The Colonial Theatre, it was a Kirschner Concerts Production. The theatre was full and everyone had a great time.





More photos: CLICK HERE

My Travel BLOG wrapped up with our adventure in Oxford.


More photos: CLICK HERE

On Thursday I visited Woodstock Union Middle School and High School . Dance Theatre of Harlem was giving a workshop on the African Diaspora (dispersal). The event was sponsored by Pentangle Arts.





More photos: CLICK HERE

Mark Richardson sent me this photo of the reception to receive the construction check from the State of Vermont for the Library's Children's Room Expansion Project.
Courtesy Photo

The foundation hole was dug and the concrete was poured on Monday (see below.)


More photos: CLICK HERE

Our fire fighters responded to a chimney fire on Thursday afternoon.




Make sure your furnaces and wood stoves are clean and ready for the winter heating season.
More photos: CLICK HERE


On Saturday I photographed Shawn Colvin and Her Band at the Lebanon Opera House. Colvin is on tour for the 20th Anniversary of her album "A Few Small Repairs." The show was a Kisrchner Concerts Production with proceeds going to The Rusty Berring Skate Park in Lebanon, NH.



More photos: CLICK HERE


On a chilly Monday afternoon, the concrete for the Children's Room Expansion foundation was poured.



More photos: CLICK HERE


Music and Performances


Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Nov. 17 Steve Ellis, Nov. 24 Ali T., Dec 1. Steve Ellis.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Nov. 17 Johnny Gandelsman Violin 7 p.m.; Nov. 18 East of Egypt 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 25 Warren Miller’s Line of Descent 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. GA; Dec. 3 Eric Mintel 4 p.m.; Dec 7, 9, 10 Clara's Dream; Dec. 27 Recycled Percussion 4 and 7:30 p.m..

Taverne on the Square in Claremont. Nov. 17 Mark and Deb Band 8 p.m.; Nov. 24 Ben Fuller 8-11 p.m.; Dec. 1 Conniption Fits 8 p.m. Dec. 8 Brad Myrick Band 7 p.m..

Windsor Station Live Music in Windsor. Nov. 16 Still Hill 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 Party Crashers 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 18 The Time Brick Band 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 21 George Nostrand 6 p.m.; Nov. 24 River Frog 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 25 Binger 9:30 p.m.; Nov. 28 TBA; Nov. 30 Ted Mortimer and Katie Runde 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2 Rusted Chrome 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 9 Gully Boys 9:30 p.m. Dec. 15 Justin Panigutti Band 9:30 p.m.; Dec. 19 Soul Fix Duo 6 p.m..

Ongoing Events

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. Route 106 at the old Perkinsville Elementary School.

Low cost spay/neuter clinics in Springfield. Springfield Humane Society is hosting low cost spay/neuter clinics: Dec. 5 at the Springfield Humane Society, on Route 143. Cost is $50 for female cat and $40 for male cat. Weathersfield residents may be reimbursed up to $50 for the surgery with a limit of three pets per year. Get your SNAP form from the town office. Please call Springfield Humane Society for an appointment at 802-885-3997.

Valley Court Diversion Programs: Volunteers are needed in Weathersfield/Springfield areas to work with low level offenders in the community. The group meets once a month at the Springfield Police Department, your commitment will require about three hours a month. Training is provided. For more information please visit our website at vcdp.org or call Maureen at 281-5213.

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSPV. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Need to Find a Business in Weathersfield: weathersfielddirectory.org.

Have anything you want included in this news and events column? Email Nancy at photosbynanci@comcast.net two weeks prior to your event.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Grand Tour of Great Britain-Oxford UK


Today we explore the city of the British Inspectors: Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. After a very filling breakfast, we board a small coach and head out of London for Oxford. There are only five of us today: Jay and me, Gwen and Robin and our fearless leader Nick.

We meet our guide for the morning, Diana, at the Martyr's Memorial to begin our tour.


In 1553 when the Roman Catholic Queen Mary (Bloody Mary) came to the throne, Thomas Cranmer (Archbishop of Canterbury), Nicholas Ridley (Archbishop of London), and Hugh Latimer (Bishop of Worcester) were summoned to appear before a commission in the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford to be examined for their alleged Protestant heresies.

Unable to admit to a belief in transubstantiation, they were all found guilty. Ridley and Latimer were burnt at the stake on 16 October 1555 in the ditch outside the city wall (which ran alongside St Michael at the Northgate Church).  See the photo below for the location.


Archbishop Cranmer, who had been given longer to appeal, was forced to watch, and wrote a recantation. None the less he was taken from the Bocardo gaol at the Northgate to the ditch on 21 March 1556 and also burnt to death. The memorial was erected 300 years after the events it commemorates.

Fast forward to the present.
Oxford is home to a world famous university, and most of the colleges and university buildings are located in the center of Oxford. There are 38 colleges (what we call Universities) here. There are more than 22,000 students at Oxford, including 11,832 undergraduates and 9,857 postgraduates.

Oxford and it's wonderful buildings are used for MANY film sets. Check out Films in Oxford for a listing including Harry Potter, Downton Abbey, and the Colin Dexter Detectives.

Our first stop is Balliol College.



The dining hall looks a little like Hogwarts Dining Hall (that was filmed down the road at Christ Church)
Some very famous people attended Balliol College: Christopher Hitchens, Harold Nicholson, Graham Greene, George Stephanopoulos, Richard Dawkins and Aldous Huxley.

The University counts 26 British Prime Ministers, 50 Nobel Prize leaders, and dozens of international heads of state among its alumni. Oh, and 120 Olympic medallists have studied there. Check out the LIST.

We walk past the Sheldonain Theatre, a venue for official university functions as well as a variety of concerts, on our way to the Weston Library.



We stop at the White Horse for a quick Inspector Morse check-in. We just poke our heads into the the Weston but I think Jay and I will return here during our free time.


We make our way down the street to our next stop, another Harry Potter shooting location...


The Bodleian Library Divinity Hall, the vaulted ceiling is spectacular.



This really is the city of Dreaming Spires.





Remember this photo! Diana told us that Endeavour was filming here last week and she saw the JAG and Shaun Evans parked here.


We walk through the shopping arcade and I spot some crazy guitars. I've seen quite a few of these large and live.



We break for lunch and Jay and I head back to the Weston Library.


I need to see the Bodleian Treasures
 William Shakespeare's First Folio.


They are also exhibiting books and letters penned by Jane Austen in their "Which Jane Austen?" exhibit.

We meet up with Gwen, Rob and Nick and grab lunch at the White Horse.


As a huge fan of Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis and Endeavour this is the place to eat lunch.

If we had more time I think I would have liked to do a Morse Tour... There are many helpful guides online.


Before heading back to London we hit The Eagle and Child (inspired I guess by the ceiling in Divinity Hall?)


A pint of Nicholson's Porter is in order to fortify us for our trip back to London-town.

The Eagle and Child lays claim to a number of interesting literary connections. J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and fellow writers met here and dubbed themselves 'The Inklings'. They nicknamed the pub 'The Bird and Baby'. They met regularly in a booth in the back.
 


More photos of Oxford: CLICK HERE

Back in London, we freshen up for one final dinner with our group. Nick told us that folks wanted to get together for one last meal before we all scatter home. It was suggested that we try The Central Bar (where Jay and I ate a few nights ago-good food, GREAT beer on tap) but we know this is a bad idea. This place is small (getting a table for 13 will be difficult, if not impossible. And they have no table service, you order and pay at the bar and they'll bring your food to you.

So we arrive and folks look uncomfortable. Jay, Graham and Mark head to the bar and buy beers and wine. The others decide they want to leave. They head over to a burger place, Byron, at Westfield London. We six finish our cocktails and make our way to Byron.

We had a yummy dinner and said our goodbyes to everyone.

Back in our room we finish packing up and set our alarm for 4:30 a.m. Our taxis is whisking us to Heathrow at 5 :30 a.m.

On the plane, Monday October 23, I binge watch Victoria to learn about her and Albert. Next thing I know we're landing in Newark. We race home to pick up Riley and start washing the mountain of dirty clothes we've collected.

We had a wonderful trip and met some really AWESOME people in every city we stopped at. I'm closing my trip journal and placing it on the shelf with journals from our other adventures.

Grand Tour of Great Britain with Go Ahead Tours


I think it's time to start planning our next GREAT adventure.