Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

In which I travel to a wedding

Last weekend I ventured over the border into England to attend my niece's wedding on Friday 13th of April. As is obvious from the choice of date, niece is not remotely superstitious, but as most people are, the venue was no doubt cheaper and readily available. These days you have to book popular venues anything up to 2 years in advance.

As the venue was on a farm park near the little village of Wootton Wawen, which is in the middle of nowhere, I decided to drive instead of going by train. Unfortunately, travelling E-W across Britain is not easy. N-S or into London or other big city is fine. There are motorways which will whisk you straight there. For certain value of "whisk" which may include tailbacks and heavy traffic, but it's easy and direct. Not so if you try to drive from Wales to an obscure place in Warwickshire. This was the first time I used the satnav app on my phone in earnest and without it the journey would definitely have been more fraught as I had written down a route involving a string of A roads which was impossible to memorise. I'd have had to keep pulling over to look up where to go next.

I didn't even go the best way because I wanted another look at Stokesay Castle which we always see from the train when travelling down the England-Wales border on the way to Cardiff.

Stokesay Castle

I didn't have time to go in the castle, but I had a very nice sandwich and pot of tea in the tea rooms.

Unfortunately the weather was cold, grey and drizzly. It just about stayed dry while I had a wander around outside.

Stokesay Castle

The phone app got me safely to my destination, so more in the next post.

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