Archive for October, 2009

Sweet farewell

Sad news. Kay and Larry are heading back to Australia. Carla and Danni’s friends came to say goodbye. Ooops none of them wanted to be in the photos. But the food was yum!

Good news. Soon I am heading off to Eurodisney with Carla and then to Egypt….

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Autumn does not seem to have diminished the beauty of these gardens. St James Park and Kew Gardens are great places for a small bear to visit.

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PB receives an education

I am a very learned bear now. I have been to Cambridge! Cambridge is 800 years old this year. I bet YOU didn’t know that.

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I bet you thought Leeds Castle was near Leeds. Well it’s not – it’s in Kent! This was very fortunate because Cath lives in Kent and we were delighted when she agreed to meet us there and explore the castle together.

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PB in trouble!

Oh dear!

This has been my first brush with the law! We have now made our way to London and we are doing the tourist thing. Of course we had to come to Trafalgar Square. And all I did was pose with Nelson’s Column in the background. Did YOU know that bears are not allowed to pose in Trafalgar Square? Can you see the horrid policeman lurking to the right of the column photo …. Next minute I was booked for loitering! Kay and Larry had to pay the fine. And now they are cross with me.

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Even though I have a copy of Jane Eyre in my suitcase (see my post about packing), you must not be confused by this. I love Charlotte Bronte but I have to confess that Jane Austen is my fave!

So Kay and Larry took me to visit some significant Jane Austen places in Winchester and Chawton. First we went to the house in College Street where she died. She was very ill by this stage. Next we went to visit her grave, and see the plaque that commemorates her life. This is at Winchester Cathedral.

We then took a bus and made the journey to Chawton, which is not far from Winchester. Oh it was so lovely to see Jane’s house. Here she wrote most of her novels. Photos are not allowed in the house, but I did get a quick one on the landing looking OUT. So I did not break the rules.

After that we went to see St Nicholas Church, where Jane would have worshipped, and where her sister and mother are buried. And we paid a quick visit to the Chawton Great House (now Chawton House Library) which was owned by her brother Edward. Jane would have been a regular visitor there when her brother was staying there.

What a lovely day we had!

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Kay took me for a lovely walk around Winchester. Unfortunately the Winchester City Mill was closed so we could not explore that, but we did spend a lovely hour wandering Wolvesey Castle, and also The Home of Bishop Henry. We also went to Winchester Cathedral, particularly to see the grave of Jane Austen. But I will tell you more about Jane Austen tomorrow. In the afternoon Larry came with us and we took a gorgeous walk across the Water Meadows to the Hospital of St Cross.

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