Monday 28 August 2023

In The Land Of Poets And Seeing Blue Oyster Cult Again.

I'm tired and a bit emotional.  Last night put the tin hat on it with my flight from Brum being delayed from 9.30 to us actually leaving at 12.55.  I got home in West Cork at four this morning.  Rants about cheap flight companies and Travelodge not making the beds or changing the towels for 3 days  are for another day.

I got to see some Coleridge and Wordsworth places in Somerset and Wales.  We saw John Cale in Stroud and visited Slad and Laurie Lee's favourite pub and his grave.  On Saturday we saw a Lancaster Bomber fly over us and saw some heavy Rock bands like Black Star Riders and one of my favourite bands Blue Oyster Cult.  I last saw them in 1988.  We have all aged considerably but they are like a fine wine or malt whisky  that's matured with age.  You rocked BOC.

I have some super blisters and swollen feet.  Hope you're all ok? 

Some photos for your perusal tomorrow.


14 comments:

  1. Welcome home Dave! I am looking forward to more detail and pictures of your recent sojourn on the big island next door.

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    1. Thanks YP. John Cale was like a Prog concert. Stroud people are probably the nicest folk I have ever met and I stood next to a tree that Dorothy and William Wordsworth and Coleridge use to sit under in Somerset.

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  2. Glad to hear you're back Dave and you rocked along with BOC. I am envious o the Land of Poets you mention. I am well and look forward to hearing a bit more about your travels in due course.

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  3. Hi Rachel. We visited Coleridge's house he rented in Somerset where the man from Porlock knocked on his door and went on a country walk past an old hanging tree and found Alfoxton castle were Dot and Billy Wordsworth lived and some lovely Buddhist people showed us the tree where they sat. Magical moment. Blue Oyster Cult are still superb. An hard nine days but certainly worth it. Thanks!

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  4. Even though your flight was delayed you are lucky to have made it back home yesterday. Today there are NO flights whatsoever due to a major ATC failure.
    Looking forward to your updates and photos once you are fully recovered!

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  5. Gosh JayCee. I was at Nottingham Train Station the other day and there was an announcement that a train had been cancelled because they had no drivers. Then on Sunday morning there were no trains back from Newark because of maintenance work. So I caught the bus back and it only cost me 2 Pounds. Glad to be away from Blighty. Thanks.

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  6. Must have been fantastic. I'd love to see Laurie Lee country. For a start. Coleridge and Words worth too. Good weather?

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  7. Yes Linda we went to some fantastic literary places. My friend even checked out some DH Lawrence places in Eastwood in Nottingham but my feet were/are very blistered and swollen so I just spent the day hobbling around Newark town centre. The weather was generally good with little rain, some heavy dews at night on the tents and 25 degrees some days. Thanks.

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  8. Sorry to read your feet gave you some jip and limited your range but can't wait yo see the photos. How was Portugal when you got back?

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  9. Hi Tigger's Mum. It's not the first time my feet have played up. I will post a blog with photos tomorrow Algarve is the new Portugal 🇵🇹 now. It's doing really well. Must post a picture of the inside of the new polytunnel. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Debby. There's some pictures of some ancient churches and buildings in my next posts.

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  11. Never had problems with Travelodge..just put the tab on the door which requests a change of linen...or ask the staff in passing as you say good morning. Never had a grubby room either, always spotless

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  12. I think it might have seen our rucksacks and tents and thought we wouldn't need anything. Didn't know about the door tab. I have stayed in other Travelodges and found the staff and rooms very nice. Thanks GZ.

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