Took the bus into Barnstaple today - a 45 minute ride - and what a beautiful ride it was - through the countryside. Had lunch at a wonderfully refurbished bank . The ceiling was so interesting- can't wait to post my pictures.
We toured Alms Houses - built for the poor in 1620 and still rented to people in need. Needless to say the buildings have gone through several modernizations. We met the caretaker who showed us around this lovely old place . She even showed us musket ball holes from the British Civil War in one of the doors.
We walked down Butcher's Row - meat shop after meat shop. All the meat exposed to the air - What would the FDA think? Across the street was a Pannier's Market ( a covered flea market). Each day of the week there are different vendors. Today was antiques and collectables. Very interesting but nothing had my name on it.
Took the bus back and am now enjoying the beautiful breeze and faint smell of all the flowers planted everywhere on the property.
Tomorrow we go to Bath. Hoping to get on the Mayor's free 2 hour walking tour of the city. Keep your fingers crossed!