Friday, November 17, 2017

Land-lubbing in style

Still making the most of the locations of Said The Maidens' tour venues, we drove down to Devon last Sunday. We love Devon, and it's so beautiful in its autumn foliage (but where isn't?). We'd booked into The Fisherman's Cot for a couple of nights, a lovely old pub in Tiverton, right next to the River Exe as it rushes under the 16th century Bickleigh Bridge - the inspiration for Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge over troubled water".

We arrived just in time to have Sunday lunch.

In the evening, we drove to nearby Kingskerswell, to the Parish Church of St Mary, where the Maidens were scheduled to play.

It's a lovely old building with excellent acoustics that suited perfectly the Maidens' voices. The music events side of this church has been run for many years by a couple from the church - plus several other volunteer helpers - and they have a busy programme throughout the year.

The vicar announces up-coming events to his congregations at Sunday services, and plays sample tracks and videos to them, too. It's a superb venue, the audience that evening was large and enthusiastic, and the Maidens did a terrific job in their hour and a half performance. We shared it with Christine and Mike, and our niece, Jo, who live in nearby Torquay.

Having spent most of Sunday in Wellington with Christine and Dorothy (Grace's sisters), on Monday morning we drove for just a few minutes to Knightshayes, a splendid National Trust property we only remembered vaguely from a visit ten years ago. It's not huge, and the upstairs rooms were closed for their annual dose of TLC, so we weren't there for more than two hours, but it was time very well spent.

Back on the road with our noses pointing towards St Albans, we took a bit of a detour to visit The Tunnels, a music venue under the approach to the grand old railway station in Bristol.

photo - It was pouring with rain when we were there!

Jess and Hannah had both left things behind after their gig there the previous Tuesday, and we called in to collect them. It's another very popular venue, and a most unusual one, too!

We had to get Jess's phone (picked up at The Tunnels) back to Jess, so we went back to the house and spent a couple of days there. Back aboard Kantara now, we're driving to Whitby tomorrow for a short sightseeing break before going to Sheffield to support Said the Maiden there, too. Unfortunately, Whitby Pavilion Theatre failed to sell enough tickets to make the Maidens' appearance viable, so that was cancelled a week or so ago.

Never mind! East coast beaches and the North York Moors! In November!!

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