Great Western Ride

A super-hot and sunny day for the ride: with getting to and from Long Ashton we rode about 65 miles. Great fun and not too tiring. The countryside in the Mendips and at the coast was great. We cycled with Paul and Charlie, and about 998 others.

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Deacon Blue

Fun concert at Westonbirt Arboretum. Great warm weather for a boogy.

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Opening act was very sweet: Nell Hudson.
Roddy Hary & the Lonesome Fire were good too and a good Scottish opening for
Deacon Blue.

Guy and John’s Wedding at Blockley

Congratulations to John and Guy, who were married yesterday. We had a great time at their reception in Blockley where they used two village halls for the evening. It was a perfect warm evening and between the halls was lovely too.

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Their wedding cake was amazing, and represented the mountain that had to climbed to get marriage equality. There are flowers and landscaping around a castle, representing their interests; and a pair of walking boots left behind at the castle door: they met on a walk and one of them lost their walking boots as a result!

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Very generous catering and bar. The champagne (and beer!) flowed.

Blockley is lovely: golden Cotswolds stone and a lovely rural high street.  We’re staying at the Crown Inn.

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Vasa

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Spent a great Sunday morning at the Vasa Museum. The ship is stunning and well placed for wow factor as you enter the building. We arrived at 9 when a handful of people were there: by 11 it was rammed with coach tours and guides.
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Now at Stockholm Airport on our way home. Hope we come back to the Baltic and Stockholm.

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So long Matilda

Had a super last evening meal as a group and then last night on board Matilda.

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James and Kevin left us in Central Stockholm to fly back to Manchester. Barry, Adam, Michael and I went for an afternoon of relaxation and deep cleaning at the Stockholm Centralbadet. A beautiful art deco baths and spa with a herb and crystal steam bath, a hot steam bath, Nordic sauna, sun terrace, various jacuzzi and lots of treatment rooms. We had a beautiful whole food lunch in the restaurant. It was exhaustingly relaxing!

Gåshaga Marina on Lidingö Island

We had about 14 miles from Grinda back to Gåshaga Marina, so spent a few hours exploring the island in glorious weather. Michael and I wandered the south of the island with Adam and Barry. Stopping for a salty ice cream.

We set off for a sun-drenched motor back to base, stopping off for some diesel from some nice blond Gulf Boys.

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We squeezed back into out small mooring, about 2 foot wider than the boat. We liked the neighbours too.

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