Today was bright and sunny just as predicted. What a change in a day. I think it got into the 70’s and everything is suddenly blooming.
I took the opportunity to drive the 30 miles to Tewkesbury via back roads to visit the site of the famous battle of 1471 which effectively ended the reign of the House of Lancaster (up to Henry VI) in favor of the Norman/French house of the Plantagenet (Edward IV) (by the by, can’t the English think of any other names for their kids except Henry, Edward, Charles and James? It makes their history SO confusing).
Unfortunately the battle site is no more, except for a little roadside monument. Like so many Middle Ages things in Britain, they “paved over paradise and put up a parking lot” (if you can name that tune and the singer, email me, I will send you a tin of biscuits). We should relish our preserved Civil War Battlefields, but I guess, those were 400 years later.
What does exist in Tewkesbury (pronounced two sk brry), is a wonderful Abbey dating fro m the 900’s. Pix are below. Lit a candle to Mom and Dad, and Cindi’s parents as well, as we are wont to do when we visit famous churches.
The drive was magnificent until I stopped at a roadside gas station to relieve myself of the last pint at lunch (bacon cheeseburger with aged cheddar) and a guy dropped into a half full pothole and splashed mud all over the car. Make it tidy tomorrow morning, as I have a “posh” JDC meet over the weekend.
Spring is busting out all over. It is amazing the transformation of the landscape after just a few warmer days.