Thankfully we had voted by postal vote, so did not have to rush home from Norwich. Instead, we headed to Essex for the Election Night. Horrible drive in torrential rain. The horror of the drive was the precursor for the awful night. The hospitality of Andrea and Richard was fabulous. It was good to meet up with Jon, over from South Africa for his mother’s funeral. The horror of the night was the election result. The closing polls were almost spot on predicting a Conservative majority of more than 80.
We visited Richard and Andrea at their home in Great Saling. We walked around Sudbury and visited Gainsborough’s House to see the many portraits & landscapes painted by this artist. Many were donated by families paying off their inheritance taxes. We even purchased a new frying pan for use on our portable induction hob.
In the evening, driving to our supper destination, we were alarmed to encounter fire-engines racing off to a shout, which was a parched, harvested field, up in smoke. Our evening meal should have been in a community-owned pub, but sadly, it was boarded up & for sale. Instead we ate in The Finchingfield Lion. We’d visited the same pub a few years ago to see the Tour de France procession go past.
The next day we walk around the Salings, taking photographs of some of the many interesting houses. Andrea whipped up a delicious salad lunch. The afternoon proved too hot to do much else, other than sit in the garden.
We decided to see the Tour De France as it was passing nearby a friends house in Essex. We made are way over there on the Sunday evening, and even went to church for prayers at the Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford. Back to their house for wine and cheese and then sleep.
In the morning we drove to Great Bardfield to park the car and then walked along some beautiful country side to Finchingfield. Here we were met by crowds of people waiting on the side of the road. While we drank some beer, we watched the Tour caravan pass by noisily. Then we made our way further into the village and stood on an embankment waiting for the Tour to come by. Great vantage point as we could see the racers come into the village, sweep across the narrow bridge and then on up the hill in front of us.
After the tour we hastened into the Zafra Pasta Bar and Grill for lunch and wine. Walked back to Great Bardfield by another route and then on home.
Sad Gits weekend in Essex hosted by Richard and Andrea. The following in attendance were Maggie & Ravi, Rosemary & Steve, Reiko & Mike, Valerie & Norman and Choir Master Simon. The weekend was centred around culture with visits to Thaxted Church and Audley End House and a walk around the town Saffron Walden where an art gallery was visited & a garden and a “maze” admired. The evening centred on food, drink & varied entertainment.
Full picture gallery is available here but I have included a short video which hopefully will find its way to Facebook,