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England: Essex County: Friends and a 500 Year Old Farm House

August 6-10, 2014

all seasons in one day 65 °F

Oh our dear friend Sharon spoils us every time we visit her and this time was no exception. We first met her in Ecuador on our last Around the World Trip before she was married, a mother, or the owner of a 500 year old farm house! This is another example of the fact that if you invite us to visit you— there is a good chance we may actually show up at your doorstep! :)

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Sharon took us on a short walking tour through Coggeshall and got some “Cream Tea” with her dad at the West Street Vineyard. Cream Tea is actually Tea and scones with jam and whipped butter cream. YUM!

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The next day we had lunch in the small coastal town of Mersea. I insisted on Fish and Chips and it tasted just like almost any other fish and chips I’ve had. I think I’ve just about learned that fish and chips taste almost the same everyplace in the world…even along the English coast.

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We stopped to see Layer Marney, the beautiful church where Chris and Sharon were married and WOW it is amazing. Wish we could have been at their wedding! Their adorable and sweet daughter Elizabeth aka Bonkey steals the show every time :)

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Eating out is great when you don’t do it every day so we were grateful to have the the opportunity to cook. Chris and I drove down the butcher grabbed some fresh meat and veggies to grill. Sharon made an amazing Pavlova desert with fresh picked strawberries from the market and eggs from her sister’s chickens…talk about fresh! :)
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Chris and Sharon went away for a night and left us the house to ourselves. . . aaaah we took some time to relax at their house and cook another meal. A visit to the butcher to grab some marinated pork and we were in business. After figuring out how the old fashioned Aga stove worked we had a great dinner in their amazing Conservatory (sun room).

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Sometimes we splurge so we had to have some more good food at Bauman’s Braisserie a Michelin star rated restaurant in the adorable little Coggeshall town! The lamb in a mint sauce and spanish style Gambas all ajillo and pimientos de padron tapas were so so yummy! Next time we’ll spend more time chilling at the bar at the restaurant.

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Our car was due to return today so we decided to drop it off at a small town near the train station. Boy are we glad we rented a car…the train back cost almost as much as our car for the entire week! :( We stopped in the small romantic town of Dedham with it’s gorgeous church parish, and small river boats. It was too late for a row-boat so we decided to hike though the cow fields along the river. This turned out to be quite the adventure…battling cow patties, confusing directions, a not-to-scale map and even charging cows. It’s about 45 min to the small town of Flatford and another 45 or so back to the train station. What we thought would be a short walk in the country turned into a 2 hour/ 8 mile hike through the English countryside.

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We arrived back a little after dark and stopped to grab some dinner at an Indian restaurant. It was a long hike back up the hill to the house but we managed to make it without getting run over by a speeding car (no sidewalks on the dark windy road). By the way whoever said England has the best curry has never been to India or San Francisco! :)

After we had a few drinks we managed to talk Chris into driving us to the ferry in Harwich :) Thank you soooo much for all the hospitality and we look forward to a visit from them in California.

Posted by Tony.Ruby 07:55 Archived in England

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Please take me with you even in a suit case is OK for me.

by tabby

Tabs!! You are so skinny I'm sure we could squeeze you into one of our carry-ons! :)

Of course then I would have to give up some of my shoes on the trip....

by Tony.Ruby

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