Friday, 9 May 2014

Fabulous Chepstow, Food and Friends.

We have had a delightful time here in Chepstow.  Linda is a lifetime friend, literally since we've known each other since we were born. Though we don't see each other very often, it doesn't seem to matter as the friendship is still as strong.  Michael, Linda's husband is also very much a part of that now and the four of us have laughed and also tried to work out how to improve the world.  I love them to bits.

Yesterday we started the day with a magnificent English (Welsh) breakfast prepared by super chef Mike.
Then 
they took us over to Crick Manor a beautiful home, parts of which date back to the 1200s. Charles the first stayed here twice and it includes a baronial hall that sells archery equipment though I was so wrapped up in looking at the long bows that I forgot to photograph them.  I did capture the manor house.
And a few of the artefacts.
Then we headed to Chepstow castle. This is one of the oldest Norman buildings in Britain with parts dating back to 1067, though it was not fully completed until 1690.



It sits on the cliff tops of the Wye river. A few steps over the bridge and you return to England
But not today.
This is the first and last pub in Wales but we ventured to the Boat Inn for yet another failed attempt to find Garrie a beer he could really enjoy, though I'm enjoying my half lager and limes.
Some of the flowering trees are fantastic.
Though the next photo is not sharp I wanted to show you that all the signs are in Welsh as well as English.  A very interesting language and great that it will not be lost.
Home to yet another magnificent home cooked meal (Garrie has a few new recipes to try) and then a relaxing evening in the company of the lovely Jessie the cat who is now 18 but still able to climb the stairs and hop onto her Dad's knee to ensure her presence is not forgotten.  
Thanks Linda and Mike for a wonderful time, wish we could stay longer but it's time to return to England though we stay on the river Wye.