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I have a whole bunch of piccies that I've been meaning to post and I'm too exhausted to actually write a proper update (I have been for most of the last few weeks. Ugh) so I think the next few posts are going to be photo dumps. Sorry for my lack of photography skills.

A weekend of games and good company was a nice way to distract us from the worst possible election result and Bath is a lovely city that I'd only been to a couple of times before.

We stayed in a cute little cobbled square a couple of minutes' walk from Bath Abbey.

Our home for the weekend was Elton House (right ahead in this picture). I only managed a couple of pictures of the outside front. It looked more impressive inside. It was built in 1699 and was apparently deliberately left uncleaned outside when it was restored by the Landmark Trust. That explains the grimy brickwork, I guess.

The square from the house. Pretty :)

The back of the house gives more of an idea of the place. It was really very impressive and rather lovely.

And the garden was small but cute.

Bath has more than its share of little alleys. You can see Elton House again at the end of this one.

And there's the Abbey (from the Roman baths, of which more later). I went to the service there on the Sunday morning but it lacked a certain je ne s'ais quoi. The building is beautiful though. (I'm biased and prefer the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, and Chester Cathedral which is gorgeous, but Bath Abbey has its moments :p)

I was naughty and snuck a couple of pictures inside, which I always feel bad about doing.

Obviously the Roman Baths had a Latin translation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because why wouldn't they.

You're not supposed to touch the water (though I snuck a quick splish with my hand. It was disappointingly tepid in this bit). It's really that green. The whole place must have been a wonder when it was at its height. A little bit of civilisation amongst all those barbarous Britons.

This was far more like it. Proper steaming water, naturally heated. Looks a bit filthy here though.

And dear old Sulis Minerva, without whom none of it would have been possible.

There were so many people (it was a lovely weekend in early May) that I didn't give the place the time it deserved. I'll have to go back some time.

There were games too. I lost all of them, if I remember rightly. I can't remember what the game this came from was called but it was a lot of fun (you had to position yourself to be elected head of a school of magic). I took this cos pandas are awesome.

It was a wonderful weekend, and Alobear did an amazing job organising it, as so often beyond ♥

There'll be more piccies of various other places soon :)

Date: 2015-07-03 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Bath looks lovely! I've been to kettering and felt amazed at how very many towns there are beyond Watford!!!!!!

Date: 2015-07-08 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Maybe as many as 11!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2015-07-06 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Nice! My favorites have to be of the Abbey. That building looks so grand and huuuuge! You were brave to take in those interior pics, and I'm sure God forgives you for taking them. :)

The picture of the panda on the box reminds me of a game I've played that has a panda in it, called Takenoko. It's a really neat and cute strategy game. :D

Date: 2015-07-13 02:51 pm (UTC)
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If I had a good camera with me back when I went on this youth group field trip to see that beautiful church in D.C., I would have definitely taken some photos!

Takenoko's pretty fun! I've played it with friends a few times. The game pieces are cute too, including the gardener and panda figurines. :D In an old video on one of my YouTube accounts, my mom and I talked a good deal about Takenoko.

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