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One week London, one week out - Salisbury, S. Wales, Cotswolds, Oxford

One week London, one week out - Salisbury, S. Wales, Cotswolds, Oxford

Old Jul 6th, 2009, 11:30 AM
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Feldie:

Tell DH that I've used Google's Picasa for several years...great for editing your pix and storing them in albums ...When you run out of space you can buy chunks of gigabytes for about $25 a year.

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Old Jul 6th, 2009, 02:53 PM
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Thanks for a great report.

We had Dr. Wagner last year for an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford--what fun to see you enjoyed her too! She is a hoot (in an excellent way)! (I believe she told me she was a literature/comparative literature professor at several different colleges over the years.)
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 02:19 AM
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Iowa and tower - DH uses Picasa (non-web). He knows all about the other sites, for him its a matter of time to get it together on the web. I've put in a request, but I can't promise anything.

Sorry about the paragraph thing, it was easier for me to jump up/down to find the specific day as I worked.

texasbookworm, isn't that the truth! She says she mostly tours on Sundays (didn't find out AM or PM).
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 02:35 AM
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Two questions I wanted to ask: I saw many pubs with 'Free House' - I think - indicated on the signs. What does that mean?

Also I noticed that none of the windows had screens, and in such a humid/wet environment I was sure I would have been eaten alive by mosquitos and other bugs. Not one bite! How does England have no pests?!?! Jealous! (I did see flies)
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 04:57 AM
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Freehouse - many (if not most) pubs are tied to (usually leased from)one brewery. A freehouse isn't restricted in where it gets its beer from and would normally be independently owned.
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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>>would normally be independently owned.<<

Since there was legislation to force breweries to cut back on their tied houses, there developed a number of chains of pubs not owned by breweries, but whose managers aren't exactly independent either. But I'm not sure many of the paying public have caught up with that, so the "Free House" sign is quite a good marketing ploy still.
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Old Jul 7th, 2009, 11:13 AM
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You obviously have not had the pleasure of meeting the famous Scottish midge,

We older Britons have noticed that there are far fewer flies around these days. I can remember when they would get squashed on the car. Nobody really knows why it is, possibly modern farming practices. It seems to be having an effect on bird populations, which is a pity.
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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Hey I got DH to give me ONE picture. I love this one (hope the tinyurl thing works) - saw the statue from the front and it didn't occur to me the potential from the back.

I have to give a BIG SHOUT out to Photo Walks of London for showing DH these kinds of angles!

http://tinyurl.com/lc4psf
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Old Jul 15th, 2009, 07:55 AM
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Nope - that link doesn't work.

Try again . . . .
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Old Jul 16th, 2009, 06:19 AM
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Feldie

tried the link...did not work. Hope you can eventually post pics.

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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 09:51 AM
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Trying again...sorry about the watermarks.

http://tinyurl.com/l9fban

stu, thats probably all I'll be able to get from DH. He just doesn't have time/inclination to go public with his work. Really doesn't have time.
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Old Jul 19th, 2009, 04:18 PM
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Say, that's some pic, Feldie...great framing. Thanks.
We'll just forego the Cotswold pix that I snapped last spring... which might have reminded you of many of the places you enjoyed therein. <i>No importa.</i>

Keep on traveling...no need of you to ever work quite as hard as you did on this last trip. wow! Cool it a bit and you'll do just as well with equal results. Honest.

Best, Stu [email protected]
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Old Jul 20th, 2009, 09:32 AM
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Feldie:

Forgot to ask...what caused the marks..I've never seen that before...a shame, because it's such a great shot.

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Old Jul 22nd, 2009, 04:57 AM
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Stu:

(1) Thanks, framing was easy - cropped by DH - REAL credit goes to Ian at Photo Walks of London as we had walked around that area the day before, but HE pointed out that particular angle. And so it went the rest of the day, great shots that DH would have missed! I still haven't seen all his photos, LOL.

(2) I put in the watermarks to discourage theft. Had a bad experience before, and have heard horror stories of friend's photos being right clicked and copied to sites I won't mention. I used picmarkr.com since I didn't know how to use Picasa's watermarking. Of course any one is free to take their own photos of that particular angle, its a public park.
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Old Aug 24th, 2009, 11:13 PM
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Great trip report will be there in late October. Has given us some great ideas
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Old Sep 28th, 2009, 06:52 PM
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Thanks so much for this report Feldie... it's very helpful for our visit next April
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Feldie, your trip report is fantastic. You clearly put a ton of planning into your trip and it sounds like you had a great time. Thank you for all the ideas that will help so many plan future trips!!
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Old Oct 6th, 2009, 08:57 PM
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Marking so I can find easily to finish reading later. Very nicely done report.
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Old Oct 9th, 2009, 12:53 PM
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Awwww thanks!
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Old Oct 11th, 2009, 12:38 AM
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Thanks for taking the time great report
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