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Day Six

Bletchley

all seasons in one day

Kate took us to Bletchley, a couple of hours drive north, to pick up her father-in-law, Arnold Hargreaves. Neil drove there and Kate guided him around all the various traffic circles. They don't have on ramps and off ramps on the freeways the way we do in Canada, nor do they have stop signs. Whenever two roads meet, there is a traffic circle that you have to negotiate. Arnold will stay at Beckenham for the next week or so. He told me that he was on the ship, in 1941, that picked up the survivors of the German submarine that had the Enigma Machine aboard. He was on the boarding party that examined the submarine. They towed it for 3 days until it sank. It was not until the black box was taken to Bletchley , and looked at by the code breakers, that they knew what they had. From then on, the Allies were able to read the German communications and this made a huge difference in the progress of the war. Arnold has a newspaper article that details what happened that day. He is now 95 years old and still fit as a fiddle.
We went to a very nice restaurant in Bletchley for lunch. And what a lunch! It was smorgasbord and the food on my plate looked like Thanksgiving dinner! Profiteroles for dessert.
Robert and Arnold have gone to the grocery store to buy ingredients for dinner. Most Britons have fridges the size of a bar fridge and go to the store every day to buy food. Robert is an excellent cook and we've eaten very well here. I've been doing research on the Net to find out where the street markets are, the best free museums and art galleries, and best places to buy women's clothes. This iPad has been so useful!

Posted by lineke.rich 13:08 Archived in England

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