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With Melanie and Mike in Worthington

sunny 15 °C
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Breakfast at the Inn in Dumbarton and we're on the road again. Dumbarton is just north of Glasgow. Missed one little turn as we were going through Glasgow and got a teensy bit turned around. Once GPS was happy again we found ourselves on a six lane freeway! Whee! 75 mph and we're being passed like we're standing still! Freeway driving is uneventful so fast forward to Trowell. Mike and Mel had us call and they drove to the junction at Trowell to guide us to Worthington. We arrived at their home around 4ish.
Mike made us the most delicious drinks, Brandy Alexanders! Melanie had some yummy nibbles and then it was across the road to the pub. Finally tried Guiness. Yum!! Met a few of the locals and later had burgers and fish and chips for supper. John Bates, former singer with the Troggs, made for entertaining company. His wife Rita tried to stop him from giving us every detail of his recent bowel cancer surgery but I was fascinated and kept asking questions. John is one of the guys who made Wild Thing a hit. Tammy, we'll get you an autograph.
Today was a relaxing Sunday. As you can see I got caught up with blogging. To the pub for a bit this afternoon. Probably back again this evening after supper.
Monday and we're out and about on the English countryside. Repton church has a display of recently discovered Saxon artefacts. Amazing! Renton school, right next door, is the school featured in the movie Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
Tuesday and I'm finally in relaxed, don't need to do or see a thing mode. Mike has ordered dog grooming clippers. Lorri and are are going to give Oak a doggy make-over. Oak is Mike's 14 year old Gordon Setter and the reason why Mike has not yet visited Canada. Oak is a sweety but is badly in need of some TLC. Mike gave us what tools he had yesterday and we made a start on Oak. He's going to be one handsome boy when we're done.
Wednesday already and our last day in England. We cut and shaved several pounds of matted fur off of Oak. He actually seems lighter on his feet and he is quite handsome. Melanie thinks we might have added years to his life! Oops! LOL! Today we will see Ashby Castle and tonight will be our last visit to the pub across the street, The Malt Shovel.
Cheerio, Ta-rah as they say in England.

Posted by DawnaL 01:44 Archived in England

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