07.08.2014 23 °C
It struck me that we have not made much mention of our 'place of abode' or base while we have been here in the UK. So I (Graham) went out today and took some photos of the bustling town of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, our base. This is the town that Lesley grew up in before being dragged off to the far reaches of the earth in New Zealand all those years ago. Her sister still lives in Chesham and it is here in the house of Sally and Graham (see photo) that we are staying whenever we are not travelling about. Chesham is a commuter town right on the end of a tube line, arguably the farthest you can travel out of London on the tube. (About an hour by tube from here gets you into the city centre.) The area here is known as the Chilterns from the Chiltern Hills which are near here. Many towns are scattered about this area and to us kiwis used to space, the towns seems remarkably close to each other with loads of pubs also dotted around in the towns and countryside. A lot of pubs have been closed down over recent years but there are still a huge number, each with its own character. The other notable feature is the roads. Narrow and winding, they weave their way all over the place with hedges and trees hanging over the road making for great scenery and somewhat hazardous driving, especially when road signs are obscured by greenery! And in town of course where the roads might be wider there are cars parked on each side so that you have to squeeze through anyway. This is a great location from which to explore with major motorways handy that can start you off to all parts.