The journey may have begun the second we took off at DFW Airport and landed at Heathrow Airport in London, but the drive to Glastonbury is truly how this adventure began. Here we are, tired, excited, tired, hungry, tired, relieved and tired…to have arrived safely in Glastonbury, after our first driving experience, to spend the first night of our journey in the United Kingdom.

The Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds in England. May 10, 2008

Here I am in the Slaughters, another Cotswold village, laying claim to a residence I would enjoy occupying. May 11, 2008

In the Cotswold’s Burton on the Water I’m enjoying cream tea and scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. May 11, 2008

The river Windrush and the saddles toned walk-way in Burton on the Water in the Cotswolds. May 11, 2008

The village of Snowshill in the Cotwolds. May 11, 2008

The thatched.the Cotswolds are a delightful tangle of gloriously golden villages, thatch-roofed cottages, evocative churches, rickety almshouses and ancient mansions of honey-coloured stone. May 11, 2008

Jane Austen’s tomb inside the magnificent Winchester Cathedral, England. May 12, 2008

Jane Austen’s tomb inside of the magnificent Winchester Cathedral in England. May 12, 2008

Winchester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in Winchester, Hampshire, England. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. May 12, 2008

Sound II, statue by Antony Gormley in the flooded crypt inside the Winchester Cathedral, England. May 12, 2008

Inside of Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, England. Since I’m a quilter, I could not pass up including this quilt. May 12, 2008

Inside of Jane Austen’s home in Chasten, England. May 12, 2008

Here I am standing outside of Jane Austen’s home in Chawton, England. May 12, 2008

I’m standing outside of the door to the house where Jane Austen lived the last days of her life and died on July 18, 1817.I was thrilled to visit inside the house at 8 College Street in Winchester, where Jane Austen lived for the final two months of her life.
Now called the “Jane Austen House,” No. 8 bears an oval plaque over the front door, designed and executed by Esmond Burton, and placed there in 1956. It reads: “In this house Jane Austen lived her last days and died 18 July 1817.” May 12, 2008