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Further North - long summer days and lovely countryside

I live further north than the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan at 50°37' [Latitude]. And much further north than Ottawa, where I was cautioned against walking 400 yards to a restaurant in deep winter because of the bitter cold. Ottawa is at 45°24'. Where I live is 51°32' North.

Daffodils at Well House ManorLiving so far north, the days in winter are short, and in summer are long - the seasons here are much more extreme that they are in Washington DC, or Florida or Los Angeles ... a fact I was reminded of today when I got an email commenting on something I had said about "shorter days" - in fact, in summer I can awaken at 4 a.m. and it'll be light outside, and it will still be light at 9 O'clock in the evening. And in winter, the clocks have fallen back by an hour to let the school children get to school in the light ... to spring forward about six months later, with the purpose of giving those same children, on holiday in July and August so that they can help their parents with the harvest, extra time to do their chores in the fields.

The seasons, long nights and short days then short nights and long days, have always been a part of my life - so I don't really think about them. It's commonplace in some seasons to be going to sleep in the light, and common in other seasons to drag yourself out of bed before ever the first glimmer of light is visible over the horizon. And it always been such a part of my life that I'll often overlook the fact that our part of the work is unusual in having so much developed activity so far north. Tokyo is "deep south" at 35°40' and Beijing also quite southern at 39°55' ; looking north to where Russia meets the Pacific at Vladivostok, and you're still only at 43°10'.

Where do I live - perhaps surprisingly after this build up, I live in Southern England - on the same parallel as London, and in a temperate climate that I would compare more to somewhere like Sacramento at 38°35' ; the 'trick' of living so far North, and yet in such a climate suitable for human habitation, comes from the Gulf Stream - that flow of warm water which flows across the Atlantic from the Sargasso Sea (vaguely in the Caribbean, I recall from school lessons many years ago), up past Ireland and Scotland and on up to Scandinavia, which is perhaps why the major cities that I found further north of us were the Norsk ones - Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and Reykjavik.


Well House Manor is in 3/4 acre of groundsOur long and short days, and at the same time our mild climate, are both blessings. You can tell when you fly into a British airport that you're arriving in the United Kingdom before you even touch down - bases on how green everything is. And it's a great spot for a vacation too. The "Old Country" with so much history, and all packed into such a small space too. A day's driving will get you from the South of England to the North of Scotland but for one problem - you'll want to stop and see so many things along the way!


Lovely scenery close by!The images I've added into this article are taken at our hotel - "Well House Manor" - or within a very few miles; it's a lovely part of the UK and although our main market is business visitors to the town, we're also delighted to welcome guests who are in England to see places like Lacock - a village dating from the 13th Century, and where the positive / negative photographic process was invented (5 miles), the world heritage site of Bath just 12 miles away, and with a direct bus running there from right outside our front door, and Longleat, Stonehenge, Salisbury and many more places of interest.

With our business connections, our hotel is especially well set up to welcome early checkins by visitors arriving through London's airports as early as 7 O'Clock, and as Lisa is American we're also very well tailored to helping with things that first time visitors to Europe may find a little new. Graham and Chris have lived most of their lives in Wiltshire, but are well travelled - it all leads to a winning combination.

Here's hoping that, dear readers, I may have tempted a few of you to add Wiltshire, England to you "I want to go there sometime" list. And if I have done so, I hope you'll stop by to say "hi" ... or if the accommodation that we offer suits you, that you'll stop with us. If you'll be stopping, it's best to book in advance though - the combination of a mild northern climate, a lovely heritage, and a hotel that's run with the guests to the fore is a winning combination, and we can get full. I'm checking guests in tonight - 4 rooms already arrived, and the fifth set due any minute. In fact, I think that might be a car I hear now on the gravel path.
(written 2009-09-19, updated 2009-09-21)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
M200 - Well House Manor - Wiltshire
  [4084] New Pictures - Melksham Pack Horse Bridge - (2013-05-12)
  [3989] Plenty to see and do - even in Winter - on a Well House Manor weekend - (2013-01-24)
  [3806] 2011 Census results - initial figures for Wiltshire. - (2012-07-17)
  [3800] Fancy a weekend away? Try Well House Manor in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2012-07-09)
  [3729] Then and now pictures of Melksham - on show through the summer - (2012-05-11)
  [3723] Bank Holiday Monday, so it was pouring with rain. - (2012-05-07)
  [3513] Olympic Torch - dates and places in Wiltshire in 2012 - (2011-11-08)
  [2923] Fresh air and beautiful places in Wiltshire - (2010-08-15)
  [2888] Recent Pictures - (2010-07-27)
  [2882] Seeing Wiltshire - from a Melksham base - (2010-07-21)
  [2750] Views of Wessex - (2010-05-03)
  [2713] History is all around us - (2010-04-09)
  [2594] Melksham Area - your community view is sought - (2010-01-23)
  [2288] Wiltshire Community Area Partnerships - (2009-07-15)
  [2279] Understanding the new local government structure in Wiltshire - (2009-07-11)
  [2176] Balloon Journey in Wiltshire - (2009-05-12)
  [2128] Wiltshire - where everybody matters - (2009-04-13)
  [1981] Bitter cold - (2009-01-07)
  [1859] Wiltshire at dawn - the tourist trail - (2008-10-29)
  [1521] Evening drive across the roof of Wiltshire - (2008-01-27)
  [1428] Travel Across Wiltshire - the game - (2007-11-11)
  [1399] Pictures Framed - (2007-10-21)
  [1156] Two by One by Wiltshire - (2007-04-20)
  [1129] Golfing, Wiltshire (near Melksham) - (2007-04-01)
  [1112] Bank Holiday country breaks in Melksham, Wiltshire - (2007-03-17)
  [1106] Spring Pictures - (2007-03-11)
  [971] Wiltshire letterboxes - (2006-12-07)
  [946] Look around this mouth. - (2006-11-26)
  [942] Index of Pictures - (2006-11-24)
  [829] Where to go within 30 minutes of Melksham - (2006-08-11)

Z200 - Places
  [4220] Thun, Switzerland - (2013-12-14)
  [4214] A busy week, and a long flight - (2013-11-24)
  [4203] A weekend away - Four in a Bed returns to Happy Donkey Hill - (2013-11-09)
  [4184] A fond memory - (2013-10-02)
  [4182] Welcome to Salford and Oldham - (2013-09-30)
  [4125] The first Luas of the morning - (2013-06-29)
  [4052] The PHP course this week is in... Salford - (2013-03-26)
  [4011] From Salford - (2013-02-19)
  [3854] Busmans Holiday - I like being a busman - (2012-09-02)
  [3803] A Walk on the South Bank - (2012-07-13)
  [3667] A modern area of Cambridge - some thoughts provoked? - (2012-03-22)
  [3654] On a sunny afternoon in London - (2012-03-15)
  [3631] Getting around Dublin by public transport - some observations - (2012-03-01)
  [3603] Another cold night - (2012-02-03)
  [3595] Looking up - (2012-01-27)
  [3529] Sharpness, Gloucestershire - a place in transport history - (2011-11-25)
  [3393] Rodwell Trail, Weymouth - (2011-08-15)
  [3353] Off the beaten track - non-quite-so-tourist spots - (2011-07-10)
  [3330] A lot of exercise this week - (2011-06-21)
  [3297] A long day, a long journey, and families and similarities the world over - (2011-05-22)
  [3204] Two views of a war memorial - (2011-03-17)
  [3185] Day Trip to Hereford, in pictures - (2011-02-26)
  [3175] The Rhine in winter - (2011-02-19)
  [3070] Belfast, on a cold November evening - (2010-11-25)
  [3064] On the way to the course this week - (2010-11-22)
  [2985] Right place, right season - (2010-10-04)
  [2907] Dartmouth, Kingswear and Torbay - (2010-08-07)
  [2897] The Land of the Black Labrador - (2010-08-01)
  [2809] Frankfurt in 90 minutes - (2010-06-13)
  [2808] From home to Nurnberg - journey pictures - (2010-06-13)
  [2802] After the Perl course in Nurnberg - (2010-06-11)
  [2799] Nuremberg - some pictures - (2010-06-08)
  [2754] At Arlington and the Pentagon - (2010-05-07)
  [2733] Travel Troubles and Jesus again - (2010-04-21)
  [2624] Skyline and looking up in London - (2010-02-04)
  [2392] Lymington, New Forest - some pictures - (2009-09-03)
  [2387] to Clifton Down and Avonmouth - (2009-08-30)
  [2316] Guadalajara - a special tour of a lovely city - (2009-08-01)
  [2207] North Antrim Coast - a jewel thats well worth a visit - (2009-05-29)
  [2205] An evening walk in Carrickfergus - (2009-05-29)
  [1837] Alfred the Great - (2008-10-13)
  [1807] A sad town in the sunlight - (2008-09-22)
  [1804] Colvin and Carlisle - (2008-09-20)
  [1755] Istanbul - (2008-08-15)
  [1730] Punting on the Cam - (2008-07-31)
  [1715] Pictures from South Hampshire - (2008-07-21)
  [1714] Hillier Gardens, Hampshire - (2008-07-20)
  [1652] Old Sarum airfield brings back fond memories - (2008-05-24)
  [1639] Minehead Marauder - (2008-05-11)
  [1638] Pictures far apart - (2008-05-10)
  [1624] From Freddie the fallow - (2008-04-27)
  [1617] Steam Engines at Bressingham - (2008-04-20)
  [1590] All Change, Portsmouth Harbour - (2008-03-23)
  [1537] To Wales - where theres still a toll on the bridge - (2008-02-11)
  [1536] A Weekend in Liverpool - (2008-02-10)
  [1524] Nottingham - just text! - (2008-01-30)
  [1460] Christmas fare in Ljubljana - (2007-12-05)
  [1457] A day in Ljubljana - (2007-12-04)
  [1456] Right up to the top of the City - (2007-12-03)
  [1425] Melksham v Ely - (2007-11-09)
  [1307] Troy, up state New York - (2007-08-17)
  [1298] From Leeds - (2007-08-10)
  [1244] FolksFest Bristol - German beer, Bratwurst and music - (2007-06-24)
  [1229] Where am I? - (2007-06-11)
  [1204] Spot the difference - (2007-05-25)
  [1147] A picture (mostly in words) of Helsinki - (2007-04-14)
  [886] Signs of Leek - (2006-10-04)
  [778] Weekend in Ireland - (2006-06-26)
  [740] Finishing up in Dhahran - (2006-06-01)
  [730] Reading the newspaper and working with other restrictions - (2006-05-23)
  [727] A journey, an arrival, a people - (2006-05-21)
  [713] Pictures from my travels - (2006-05-07)
  [685] A couple of days away - (2006-04-15)
  [670] Architectural Heritage - Devizes - (2006-04-04)
  [403] Full circle - made it back to an old haunt - (2005-08-05)
  [218] Golden Nugget - (2005-02-17)
  [186] Lull - (2005-01-22)
  [92] Hard work, Hard sell - (2004-10-18)
  [70] Red Luas - early life and times - (2004-10-02)
  [66] A Taste of Ireland - (2004-09-28)


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