UK. May to September 2018. Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire.

Our house in Toddington is only a half hour drive from my sister's place near Aylesbury. As they have recently retired we were able to spend sometime with them and visited several local places either on our own or with them. We had amazing weather with sunshine for weeks.

One of many bbqs - this one was at Burston Hill - with Billy the dog in close attendance.

One weekend we stayed at the farm while DI and David were away so took Billy for some walks.

A walk along the canal near Tring with Di, David and Billy.

`we saw several mallard families.

One morning we visited Bletchley Park which is where the Code Breakers were based during the 2nd World War. The visitor facilities have been improved recently and you probably need a couple of days to explore the whole site. It's certailnly worth visiting. The tickets are expensive but you can return as many times as you like within a year.

The house and lake at Bletchley Park.

ONe of the 'huts' contained images of the work that was done - this one was where the' Bombes' were operated.

Another walk, this time at Stanwick Lakes.

A canada goose with a couple of goslings at Emberton Park.

Ascott House is near Wing and only a few miles away but this was the first time we'd visited it. The house is huge but only a few rooms are open. The gardens are beautiful and we had a lovely time walking around them - followed by an ice cream at the cafe.

The house from the back garden.

One of the formal gardens.

Eros statue.

This lake had lots of colourful waterlilies.

We parked the van up at Dunstable Downs and had a walk along the footpath with great views of the London Gliding Clun down below and Ivinghoe Beacon in the distance.

We spent a night away at a campsite at Gamlingay. During the evening we saw an amazingair show by a single plane. The next morning we were told that it was for a nearby wedding.

A walk around Sandy Nature Reserve - this is the headquarters of the RSPB in the UK>

Wrest Park has recently opened to the Public and is well worth a visit. The gardens are huge with formal and informal areas.

 

1.Toddington.

Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

2. Woodend, Lake District.

3. Norfolk.

4. New Forest Folk Festival.

 

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Our great nephew, Bertie, accompanied by his mum on their electric bikes which they brought down to Burston Hill one weekend.