We walked around Bristol's Great Western Dockyard, where we saw the 1600s wooden ship Matthew, which was about to go on a pirate cruise, as well as the wooden schooner Tangaroa and the Dutch ship Energie. Then we drove to Stanton Drew, a little town with a stone circle in the middle of a field surrounded by sheep. The surviving stones in the circle are about the same size as the ones at Castlerigg, which we saw on our last trip -- they're bigger than the Rollright Stones, smaller than the stones at Avebury -- and they overlook both sheep-dotted hillsides and the town chapel. There were only a couple of other people visiting the circle while we were there, though there are more signs of civilization, farmhouses and homes, up close than at Stonehenge or Castlerigg. Younger son was more excited about being able to get up close and personal with the sheep anyway; many of them had lambs and they were quite calm about having strangers among them, unlike the goats at the cottage.
On the way back we tried to look for Passover necessities, but the Tesco had closed an hour earlier than we expected, so we went instead to a smaller store and got frozen dinners, reminding me that the amount of inexpensive, quick Indian meals available in the UK is vastly superior to what we can find at home. We ate while watching the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special, which we were delighted to discover via the Sunday Times would be on BBC3 along with a rerun of the previous night's new episode (which apaulled had mostly missed dealing with the flat tire). Then we watched the new production of Persuasion on ITV, which had many scenes filmed in Bath in the places we had visited the day before. It was an entertaining production but I had a frustrating evening, as first Photoshop wouldn't load, then we had no internet connection. We did get some laundry done, at least.
Adam with a swimming penguin.
People watching the diving penguins in the underground tube.
Red panda and magpie.
Daniel and Adam watching bugs through a lookout.
Aboard the Matthew before its pirate sail.
Daniel and Adam by the SS Great Britain...
...in the dehumidifying chamber that protects the hull...
...and at the ship's wheel.
The Stanton Drew stone circle.
Boys in front of one of the larger stones...
...and with the sheep that were right by the circle.
Most of the nearby sheep had lambs.
The Druid's Arms stones are just by the church.
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