Normally, it’s a five-hour drive to London from Aberystwyth, but today we’re having a ‘cook’s tour’, to use an Australian expression. Instead of heading south, hitting the M4, and tearing down the motorway to England’s capital city, we went east, entered England at Herefordshire, stopped for morning tea at a Wyevale Garden Centre, and later had lunch near Gloucester.
We are now going around Oxford. A little while ago, we unexpectedly drove past the Frogmill Inn, where Jean, Jess and I stayed 10 years ago for a night or two. Inside the Frogmill, which features in the Domesday Book of 1066, there still stands an original portion of wall from 1000 years ago.
We expect to arrive in London in another hour, albeit with possible traffic delays. We will spend the next five nights at the Millennium Baileys Hotel, where I worked in my first job in the UK nearly 30 years ago.