This was a pretty big decision as the Urchins had never been left on their own, and we were terrified that if we left them alone for too long Ziggy might go wandering again as he did in May. Because of that, we picked somewhere fairly close, so we could get home easily: Salisbury.
|"Abandon me and go to Salisbury, would you? |
You will pay. YOU WILL PAY."
We walked all the way round and came back into the city from the other side. The place we stayed is The Chapter House, which has a steakhouse/grill downstairs and rooms upstairs. We got soooo lucky with our room. As you can see, the building is quite old, and ours was on the first floor (American: second floor) in the half-timbered bit. It was enormous, with wonderful wood panelling and a really comfy bed.
Salisbury itself feels very Poldarky, or perhaps very Hardy-y. Dorchester is the heart of Hardy country, but Salisbury still has that classic 'Wessex' feel. Buildings there date from the 12th century onwards, but there are plenty of Georgian ones too. It's one of those places where you don't need to use much imagination to visualise it as it must have been a hundred or two hundred years ago. The shops are a good mix of high street staples, plus there's a decent market in the town square. We grabbed some Thai street food for lunch at the market.
I dragged Mr Robot into the chazzas (where it was a good job we travelled by train or we might have come home with another dinner service) and to the little Antiques Centre. That had a lot of very nice-looking silverware, but as we'd never polish it there's no point us owning any silver. I also accompanied him to the pubs. Among the pubs we stopped at, we had a drink in the 12th-century Red Lion, which is a lovely building with a very pretty courtyard but the bar is very modern and unsatisfying, and another at the New Inn, which is very new indeed being from the 15th century...
|"My cat doesn't understand me like you do, pub cat..."|
After a night in our luxurious room, we could have spent more time in town, but were desperate to get home to the cats and make sure they still loved us. I think they still do.