In no particular order -
1. CREAM TEA
pot of tea - check
scone - check
bowl of jam - check
mass amounts of clotted cream - DOUBLE, TRIPLE, QUADRUPLE CHECK
2. CASTLES, CASTLES, CASTLES
(yeah, so I mentioned castles in my last Things To Say about the UK post, but they're CASTLES!)
The gardens were my favorite part.
Of all the castles on our trip, my favorite was Ludlow Castle (shown below). The girls' favorite castle was Castle Coch in South Wales, which looks like a fairytale castle, but which I missed because I was sick, boooooo.
Castles are the best places to pretend you're a super model.
They're also the best place to behead your sister.
(The town of Ludlow was pretty adorable, too)
3. CASTLE CRAFTING
I found DIY doll houses at the craft store for only 2£ each. Woo! The girls decided to make them into castles...
for the all souvenirs they have accumulated at each of the castles they have visited.
(and as super cool face masks)
4. THE MAPPA MUNDI and HEREFORD CATHEDRAL
image from http://www.herefordcathedral.org
Pretty great to see a hand-drawn map of the world from a time when scholars didn't even know the continent my country is on existed. Haha. Also, the map was covered in pictures of mythical creatures, which I personally believe all maps should feature.
It was also great being back in Hereford, which is where Will lived when we were first dating.
5. BABY MOLES
I know these are found in many places other than the UK - heck, my cats used to drag them in all the time when I lived in CA, back in the day....
but THIS baby mole has a British accent, most likely Welsh, so he's my favorite.
(after the cat brought him in, the girls got to put him back in his baby mole hole)
6. HERGEST RIDGE
A mighty fine place to walk whilst seeking inspiration for novels.
Well, it worked for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so maybe it can work for me!
It just never stops looking awesome.
The girls agree.
8. THE EUROTUNNEL