Monday, July 02, 2012

Our Visitors

They spent two nights in Bath and fell in love with it.  They visited the Pump room where they had a late lunch and an early tea so managed to enjoy the celebrated, quaintly dressed string quartet - the sublime Jane’s spirit hovering over all.

 They were impressed with the architecture of the Royal Crescent and the Royal Circus and the beautiful art collection in the Holbourne Museum.  At some stage they were accosted by a guide dressed in Georgian costume and decided to do his tour which they thoroughly enjoyed.  He was extremely knowledgeable and gave a lively commentary throughout and dismissed any impression of the Georgians as elegant and refined; they over indulged in food and drink and behaved more like louts than gentlemen.  How horrid.

 They were surprised to find how hilly Bath was and were quite tired after the tour which included tasting the waters at the Spa which tasted as these waters always do - foul.  James said - eyes open wide,

 ‘We weren’t allowed to even TOUCH the water in the pool.’

Later my DIL enjoyed a swim in the magnificent new pool where you can see the roof tops of Bath.
As a little girl in Cheshire she used to be teased by a shop keeper when she went to buy ‘Sally Lunns (rhyming slang for Bath buns) so a visit to the Sally Lunns’ shop and Museum was a must.  But she was a little disappointed to discover the Bath Sally Lunns bore little resemblance to the ones she remembered - the only ones I remember clearly were Eccles Cakes and Bakewell Tart.
On the way home they digressed to Yeovilton with its plane Museum and - was it there - they were astonished at the cramped quarters of the Concorde.  No wonder Joan Collins was constantly having Martini spilled down her bosom.


Granny Annie said...

Obviously I've got a lot of homework to do to understand this entire post. I shall get started. Meanwhile loved the photographs.

Pat said...

Grannyn Annie: I hope I haven't been too obscure.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL....I did laugh when I read Granny Annie's comment...I had wondered what a number of the references were, myself....!

I never got to Bath when I was in England, but always wanted to...It sounds like your dear company had a wonderful outing there....!

angryparsnip said...

Beautiful photos.
When I visited Bath, I remember being very surprised at the hills around Bath so green and full of trees.
We were driving out of Bath and I can still see in my mind the hills.

I also remember how green the water was at the pool, beautiful green but very poisonous.

cheers, parsnip

Pat said...

Naomi:I must admit Sally Lunns were new to me. Jane of course is the divine Jane Austen who uses Bath frequently in her novels.

Parsnip: I remembered you had been to Bath. Yes the water looks quite lethal

LL Cool Joe said...

Bath is very beautiful. I used to visit quite often when I went to see my brother at Bristol University. Lovely photos.

Pat said...

Joey: I miss our trips to the theatre.

Nea said...

Persuasion's Mr Elliot and Mrs. Clay's behaviour was very horrid in Bath and was it not in Bath that Emma's Mr. Elton found Mrs. Elton? All far from truly refined and elegant, I fear.

I don't remember Bath buns. Are they anything like Chelsea buns?

Here in Sweden Danish pastries are known as Viennese pastries, Chelsea buns are just plain cinnamon buns and Bakewell tarts are Mazarins, it's all very confusing, but it's good manners to try one of everything that's offered so I happily put up with being confused and elegantly scoff the lot :)

Pat said...

Nea: you are asking me hard questions but one can safely say that almost everything of importance happened in Bath.
'The Bath bun is a rich, round sweet roll that has a lump of sugar baked in the bottom and more crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking.[1] Variations in ingredients include candied fruit peel, currants or larger raisins or sultanas.'
Courtesy of Google.