The question, then, was what to do with the extra two or so hours we had before Lyme Park. Dan had been really anxious to see either Costco or Asda (Walmart in Britain) or both. We decided on Asda. I wish I had taken some pictures inside. I would have looked a little freakish as I don't think Asda is on any tourist route. But it was interesting how completely different a store can be. It wasn't as large as our typical Super Walmarts (although I suppose there are some larger), but it was fairly large and the majority of it was groceries. They did have clothes and music and other stuff like that. Interestingly enough, their toy aisle was really only about one half of one side of an aisle. I wouldn't mind that change at all. We picked up some Humbug, some Golden Syrup and a few other things. Very educational on a sociological level.
We continued on to Lyme Park. It was beautiful. The house was pretty amazing, but the grounds were incomperable. We had a great time going on a tour of the house (NO pictures allowed!), ate lunch in the restaurant, walked all around the grounds and patronized the gift shop.
A view of the entrance--I was a little irritated with the guy walking by and the delivery truck. Couldn't these people see I was trying to take a picture?
These are THE steps that Mr. Darcy runs down with wet hair while buttoning his jacket and looking frantically for Elizabeth
This is a terrible picture, but I had to include it because I got in a little trouble for taking it. Also, because that picture actually is an opening for the room behind it. From the room above it looks into the entry way. The owners could look to see who was at the door and if they wanted to admit them.
Another view of the bridge--it's cool but probably doesn't warrant two shots, but I had to wait a really long time for people to move out of my way so I'm posting two
After a great day at Lyme Park we headed back to the flat. Brother and Sister Hafen redied themselves for Family Home Evening and the rest of us packed for London and France. Tina and Dan went with the Hafens to FHE, Eric and I stayed behind to finish packing and shower. We had a very early start the next morning.
Things we ate: French Toast (with Golden Syrup and creme fraiche for me); the warm bacon salad pictured above for Tina, Ann and me; Dan and Doug had the venison; Eric wasn't feeling well and didn't eat; I'm pretty sure Dan got a hold of a flapjack that day; and I have no clue what we ate for dinner (help me with that someone).
Things I learned: Walmart isn't the same wherever you go (this is a good thing); a recylable bad from England's Walmart is somehow cool (and great for carrying library books); the British don't refrigerate their eggs, you find them on a shelf; A&E/BBC's Pride and Prejudice uses Lyme Park for the outside of Pemberly, but because of renovations, used another location for the indoor scenes; the Long Gallery was once turned into (or nearly) an ice skating rink by the children one winter; I would gladly live in either the stable, greenhouse or even the shed on those grounds.