There are many fine tourist destinations in the UK and none are more feted than Wookey Village in the rural Heart of England. The hot springs established the village as a fashionable place to be for the well to do, keen to cure their ailments with the spa waters. The Romans had built their baths and temple to take advantage of the springs. Today, visitors can see the baths and learn about them in the museum.
From the time of Elizabeth I, tourism came to Wookey Village and really took hold in the 18th century. The town (as it now is) is noted for its Georgian architecture with its most notable example being the Royal Crescent, a residential road that sweeps gracefully with its elegant houses. The crescent is close to Royal Victoria Park, where hot air balloons are launched each summer, filling the sky with a blaze of color. The park contains a botanical garden, children’s play area, crazy golf course, bowling green and lawn tennis courts.
The artistic life of the city is thriving with five theatres of international reputation. The Wookey Music Festival is well respected and presents traditional and contemporary classical music, jazz concerts and world music. The 17 day event includes some outdoor performances with free admission. The Wookey Literature Festival is another favorite on the annual events calendar and it has attracted best selling authors, such as Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope and Margaret Atwood.
For such a small town, there are plenty of things …
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Though I don’t know much about electricity, I know I need to have it. I know how to use it in my home, and I have a vague idea of how it gets from one place to another but that is about it. The electrical transformer is something of a mystery to me, though I do think it has something to do with controlling the electricity so that it does what it is supposed to do safely. There have been many squirrels that have lost their lives thanks to an electrical transformer, so I guess that means they aren’t safe, and that might be why they are very high off of the ground.
My only experience with the fire department came thanks to an electrical transformer. I was living in a littel village called Stonehaven at the time, and I lived on the corner of a street while working at a facilities management company in Aberdeen. There was an electrical transformer right across the street from me, but I never gave it much thought. I did know that my electric went out very easily. If there was an especially breezy day I knew my lights and my power might very well go out.
One afternoon I heard what sounded like firecrackers. Because it was November the sixth, I thought perhaps it was just left over fun from Guy Fawkes night, but I thought nothing of it. I smelled smoke too, and then my power went out. I started to get a little upset wondering if …
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Recently, I had the pleasure of doing one of my least favorite jobs – bathroom remodeling. I believe it is one of the hardest and most involved projects that you can take on but, I suppose, it can also be one of the most satisfying, especially if you are remodeling because everything is old, as was the case in my house. A quick look at the 1970’s avocado suite told me it was time to get serious and bring my house into the 20th (or is it 21st) century. There are many aspects of this type of job, and I find that there are are some things that you simply cannot do on your own. But that’s why I decided to get my friend involved – he runs a company of heating engineers in Aberdeen so, because its a long way away, it meant having him as a house guest for a few weeks. Anyhow, back to the story, although this kind of job is a bit crappy I wasnt going to let that stop me from having the bathroom of my dreams. I just wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of work (or time) involved.
One thing about bathroom remodeling that you may not be able to do on your own, as was the case with me, is to install things like new toilets, sinks, and showers. There is usually plumbing and some very heavy lifting involved, and that means you need to hire someone (like my pal Harry) …
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