10.06.2015 - 10.06.2015
What do you do when you play hookey from the Conference.....you take a train trip to Chepstow in Monmouthshire.
If you walk to the train station, purchase two off peak day return tickets you can board the Arriva train at 10:12 and set off for a lovely day.
The train went through Newport with its ruins of yhte old castle and several bridges across the River Severn. There were a few nice churches between Newport and Caldicott.
We arrived in Chepstow and explored the town on foot, up and down a few hilly streets, through breaks in the Port wall.
There was a special outing on at the Castle so many attendants were dressed in period costume, adopting particular personas to encourage students to learn and recall facts from history dating around the life and times of the castle approx 1200 onwards. It was one of the first Norman castles to be errected on the orders of William I.
The Wye River running along side the castle looked like iced coffee. It was the milkiest brown water with sloppy mud banks. The natural life in the river us struggling to survive because the 'cleaner' water washing in is upsetting the water balance and clearing it...
From the castle we observed the Wye Bridge was currently closed as work is being done on it. Therefore we could not cross the river. We had a walk along the river and ate a Ploughmans lunch at Afgo Gwy. We saw the chalk wall, the Gloucester hole in the wall and visited St Marys church. The c hurch had a mixture of architecture resulting from additions over different periods. Its ceiling was plain wood, an ornate main stain glass window and the very colourful Worcester Tomb of Lord Herbert of Chestow and Gower and his wife Elizabeth. The memorial stones surrounding the church dated back as some of the oldest wed seen with many signifying entire families and as wed seen in other cemetaries many infants.
We walked to the shopping area along little winding streets through the Town Gate.
We had a cup of coffee when we returned to the train station at 3pm, waited for the 3:17pm Fishguard train to return us to Cardiff Central.
THEN.......the antique store we referred to a couple of days ago in our blog, was open today to allow people to set up for the Thursday trading that we will miss tomorrow as we are going to The Brecon Beacons........ we set off for a 'look' on our way back to the Bay...
.......JUST AS WELL... because Rob's birthday present was hanging there just waiting for him to spot it ...He found a Scots Guard Ceremonial Tunic. It is significant to him because it was his father's regiment. We can take it home and it can now become part of his library collection and display.
Tonight's task was to organise the cases for one last time as we'll be leaving the hotel by about 715 on Friday morning and tomorrow well be busy all day. Besides if we put it all in the cases tonight it will have time to settle/shrink into position before we close them, maybe dehydrate a bit, lose weight and we won't have to flash our HEAVY stickers on Friday!..... intense discussion being had here to define the meaning of the heavy sticker. Mmm
Sadly tomorrow will be day 43 of our 44 day holiday....... won't think about that tonight.