Hello! We've had quite a busy last few days...well, really last few weeks, but these photos were taken over the course of a visit with our friend, Luise.
I went to massage school with Luise at Kripalu, and we've stayed in touch since. She's on a wild European adventure, traveling around Switzerland, Germany, and Italy with her boyfriend, Dean, and she made a bit of a detour to come and stay with us for a few days. Those were some full days, and they flew by. On Tuesday, we went to Lacock Abbey (pictured above), where parts of the first two Harry Potter films were shot.
The abbey was in excellent shape, and the grounds were stunning. I loved the way the light bounced off the golden stone. It was a perfect rainy day outing; most of the crowds were held at bay, and by the time we were ready to walk around the town of Lacock, the rain had tapered off.
There wasn't much to the town, really just four streets that formeda square beginning and ending at the National Trust parking lot, but it was full of little nooks and crannies, including a small church and graveyard, a gorgeous old barn that is let out for events - yes, I'll have my wedding here, please!...oh wait...
This was the inaugural trip with our new GPS, who we've tentatively named Jeeves. We were less than thrilled with the route he took us on to get the Lacock, so we asked him for some alternative routes for the way back. We had planned to stop for some cream tea at the Bridge Tea Rooms in Bradford-on-Avon, but we didn't have the time. Luckily, via some little farm roads, Jeeves took us to a lovely little farm shop where we indulged in scones, clotted cream, jam, and pots of tea....mmmm.
The next day, Luise and Chad headed down to Glastonbury to the Tor while I slaved away at work ;) When I got home, much to my delight, another one of our massage classmates had arrived. Georgina lives about two hours away, but we hadn't seen each other in almost two years. Thanks to Luise, we were all reunited. Later, we found ourselves at an Indian restaurant on Elvis night with a number of intoxicated students from Chad's programme. It was quite surreal, but endlessly entertaining.
Yesterday, Thursday, Georgina, Luise, Chad, and I drove down to Stonehenge.
I mean, really...what is there to say? It was totally amazing.
We spent a few hours just hanging out with the stones, talking about all sorts of awesome new age hippy stuff - energy and grounding and ceremony...we took a mini doze in the sun and wished we'd brought a picnic. It was such a lovely afternoon, and even though there were lots of tourists, we felt really comfortable and like we had our own space. I know lots of people out there aren't really into energy, so suffice it to say that there was definitely a very nice vibe going on.
A swashbuckling Georgina:
Chad, being eaten by a large stump:
Do stay tuned for upcoming karate photos! We're really loving it and are getting our Gis on Tuesday!