Our car is a Nissan Juke. A smallish car, but fine for us with back packs. May have been an issue with suitcases. It does have a very good gps (once we worked it out). I wisely let Nicola sit in the front to deal with the gps. She is much better with that sort of thing.
We stopped at a motorway service centre for a cuppa. It was huge. All sorts of food and other shops, even poker machines! Very busy. A long queue for the ladies loos, even Russell had to queue for nearly as long as we did.
Back to the car, get in, Russell pushes the button to start, the power comes on but the engine won't start. Tried various things. No luck. Let's get the car manual out. No, there isn't one. Ok, Google "How to start a Nissan Juke?" Apparently you need your foot on the brake for the car to start! (Did it by accident the first time)
A pleasant drive to Bath, which we just drove through as parking is pretty difficult at this busy time of year. On to Marksbury, (5 mile from Bath) to our home for 4 nights Lowerchurch farmhouse. Our host, Caroline, greeted us and showed us around. This place is spectacular, a 17th century house that has been beautifully renovated. The photos give you an idea.
The building on the left (below) is another holiday rental. The building on the right is the owners' office.
We occupy the left half of this semi detached house. The owners parents live in the right hand side.
The owners live next door. All the houses in the village are like this.
We headed off to a local pub for dinner. It would be walking distance, but half of the journey does not have suitable walking paths or even verges on the road, so we drove it. It was also a very busy road.
Nice meal, plenty of space, quiet compared to London. Very enjoyable evening.