|Brian in Gloucester Cathedral|
We left our last housesit in Stroud on Thursday evening after finally meeting Rachel and her mum, Sarah, on their return home from the South of France. They had a great time by the sound of it and, in the two hours we saw them we talked non stop, but Bramble cat wasn't too bothered, she stayed upstairs on the landing.
|The beautiful Gloucester Cathedral|
|The Heritage Centre steeple|
We also visited the Beatrix Potter museum (http://www.tailor-of-gloucester.org.uk/about/), mostly devoted to the 'Taylor of Gloucester' based on the local story of a taylor who went home on a Friday night leaving a whole pile of work undone, only to go back on Monday to find the whole suit finished except for one button hole on the waistcoat to which was pinned a small note saying "No more twist" no one knew how this had happened, so Beatrix based the whole story on the mice who went in and did the work.
|The white building on the right is 23 Westgate Street and where the taylor shop mentioned by Beatrix Potter originally was|
|In the Beatrix Potter museum|
|Gloucester docks https://www.gloucesterdocks.me.uk/|
|Sculptures in the Nature in Art museum (website here)|
|Little Sooty cat is pleased to see us|
Our diary until our intended departure on 2nd October runs like this:
Tonight: Sunday Tea Club with Manu, Crystal, Ian and Helen in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham. After meeting at a pub in the centre for a beer, we will visit a small Chinese restaurant where Crystal takes charge and orders everything, presenting us with delicious Chinese food which we eat with Chinese tea and, in the process, have a fabulous evening
|The very grand house at the Nature in Art museum|
Tuesday: Pack Big Ted for his night away in Norfolk.
Wednesday: Head off in Big Ted with Jackie's mum to visit Ron and Margaret in Bury St Edmunds, followed by a night away in a small campsite
|Gloucester Cathedral cloisters (used in Harry Potter films)|
Friday: Start sorting out all the gear we are going to need for a winter of skiing in the Alps and summer sightseeing, climbing, walking amd via ferrata in Europe. Evening, catch up with Corinne and maybe Helen and Ian to hear about her trip to Iceland
Saturday: More gear sorting and start of Big Ted packing. Evening looks like being the Solihull Mountaineering Club Annual Dinner, if we can get tickets (we may be too late!), but we have got permission from the venue to camp overnight in their car park in Big Ted so, if we do go, it'll be an easy few meters to walk from the venue to our bed!
|Tomb of Edward II in the cathedral|
Tuesday: Drive to Dover for 9 months touring Europe!
The next blog may be hastily written in between all that.
|Jackie hiding behind a whale tail sculpture at the Nature in Art museum|
|I really liked this sculpture, all made from parts of a car. It stands on an old engine block, its claws are old brake shoes, it's body has a clutch plate in it and there are various springs, pistons and engine plates. Junk to anyone else, art here|
|A last picture of fluffy Bramble cat in Slough before we left...|
|And a picture of sweet Sooty cat who we're looking after now|