The plan for this trip was to deliver Martin to Luton Airport in good time for him to catch his evening flight back to Inverness. That is a longish, cross-country drive from East Suffolk and the weather was gloomy and rainy. We broke the trip at Elveden on the A11 partly becuase we fancied a leg stretch but alos becuase in all the years we have lived in East Anglia and driven right past this impressive erection we have never
Bertie has three days (well two nights) away to Ickworth House and the Constable Country around the River Stour near Dedham and Flatford. This will probably be our last trip away in Bertie this year which is a bit sad.
In theory we are not far from home at Thaxted – maybe two hours drive. However the plan for today is to visit Greensted Church near Ongar which is about 20 miles in the wrong direction so it will be a rather roundabout route home today. What we are looking for is the gravestone for Eileen’s great, great grandfather’s brother. Eileen is getting really involved in digging out these relatives from the dim and distant past and she is certainly turning up
Another driving day today as we want to get to Thaxted car park for tonight so that we can spend some time visiting some family history locations that Eileen is interested in. We also need to top up with LPG as the indicator is down to 1 green light. This indication turned out to be complete bunkum as it suggested the 50litre tank is almost empty when in fact it is still 75% full. We tracked down a good priced
Before we left Thaxted we thought we wandered back into the little town to see what the Baker/Buthchers shop had to offer. We were quite surprised to find a market in full swing with an excellent cheese van where we spent much too much and a very good fruit and veg stall. It really brought the town to life. Sadly we had not brought the camera so no photos! After leaving Thaxted we started for home but took the opportunity
We woke this morning to find that Bertie’s waterworks were just as bad as ever and yesterday’s fix had not worked. After some thought we reluctantly decided to abort the rest of the trip and come home. I had had a reply email from Appleton Engineering to let us know they had sourced a supplier for the manifolds and could have them delivered next week. Coming home early meant we could get Bertie fixed, serviced and MOT’d in one go