I led the group to the Shakespeare birthplace and parted from them there. I've been there so many times that I wasn't sure I could listen again to that overblown multi-media presentation you have to sit through before you can actually go through the house. I knew the students would love it - it's great the first time. So I quietly excused myself and wandered the town.
I had a few hours before the matinee, so I walked down by the river Avon. It was very warm today, and there were people everywhere; along the riverbanks, boating on the river, even swimming in the river. It was a great day to be out. I walked along the river path until I found a place to eat my lunch and read my book for a bit. It was quiet and peaceful and I had a giant Twix.
We boarded the bus and drove about an hour to Oxford for dinner. We split in several directions for food, though I stayed with a group of five who wanted Cornish pasties. We ate them in the park in front of Christchurch college; about as picturesque a spot as you can find. Lots of bees, though! Bees everywhere, including all over our food. Oh well, somebody has to make those flowers.
We were back in London by 9 pm. I was too tired to go out and do anything, so I puttered around the flat in my dorkiest clothes while I washed the rest of everything I have here. I feel clean now. I ate Hobnobs and caught up on emails. Quiet night in.