Heather and Gary in Europe - Spring 2014 travel blog

Gary's cousin Judy's son Greg preparing the meat.

Caroline working on the vegetarian dishes

Greg and mother Judy; daughters Beth (left) and Naomi (right); Judy's husband...

Naomi, Heather and Carolyne (Greg's wife)

Saturday April 19 (part 2)

After leaving Judy, Barry and Ron at the Horse and Groom, we stopped for a walk at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex. As it was Easter Weekend, there were lots of visitors and lots of activities. The museum comprises a 45 acre site to which 50 historic buildings have been moved, representing farms and workplaces from the southeast of England over the past 500 years. There are also period gardens and a stable yard.

The site was recently used for part of the filming of a BBC TV series called The Tudor Farm. Over the weekend, some of the dances, music, and artisan demonstrations were based on Tudor times. In fact one of the stars of the show, Ruth Goodman, was there in costume painting scenes for Miracle Plays that were part of the tradition of the era.

We spent an hour or more walking around the site before getting back on the road and driving to Judy (Gary's cousin) and her husband Barry's place in Reigate. We arrived shortly after 6:00 and were soon on our way to their son Greg and their daughter-in-law Caroline's home where we had a lovely dinner. Their two daughters grown up a great deal since we last saw them five or six years ago. Beth will be 13 soon and Naomi is 11.

We had a lovely meal together and had some lively conversation before we walked back to Judy and Barry's home. We were all pretty tired (the food, the wine and the walk) by then and headed to bed.

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