Well, I can’t believe this is my final blog post, I’ve really enjoyed writing these updates and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them! I am finally done with exams, what a relief! On a much more interesting note, the weekend before last I went to Leavesden Studios with my cousins (for those of you who don’t know, that’s where the Harry Potter movies were filmed). Needless to say, I was beyond excited, and it was absolutely fantastic!! As a major Harry Potter fan I could have spent all weekend there, and even for those who casually enjoyed the books and films there is a ton to see. As well as getting the opportunity to observe the immensely detailed props at leisure, visitors can experience the thrill of walking through the Great Hall and Diagon Alley sets and get up close and personal with animatronics such as Buckbeak and the Book of Monsters. I also found out that the outside of the Dursley’s house was filmed in Bracknell (where I was born) for the first film! But I won’t spoil all the secrets behind the magic of the films, if you’re even the slightest bit interested you should definitely go!!
In front of the incredible Hogwarts Castle model!
To round out the weekend we took my cousins’ two Irish Setters for a run in the beautiful grounds of Clivedon House, there was even a gorgeous foal in one of the pastures! Monday was Bath: Round Two with my cousin and her housemate. We visited the Jane Austen Centre (fittingly, as this year marked the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice) and walked around the Abbey. After a picnic lunch we dashed to Sudeley Castle just in time to convince the ticket vendors to let us in for the last hour. Half ruins and half private family home, the 15th Century castle is incredibly picturesque, even in the rain! They have several lovely birds from all over the world in their Pheasantry as part of a conservation program and beautiful gardens. However, the castle’s strongest claim to significance is that its chapel is the burial place of Catherine Parr, Henry the VIII’s final wife. There you can see the late queen’s marble tomb and, in the exhibits, even one of her teeth and samples of her hair! The museum section hosts several important artefacts, particularly from the Tudor era due to the castle’s strong connection with the period. The castle’s history is truly fascinating and well worth reading up on!
On a final note, today was my last day at the therapy centre, which I just can’t believe. It was a wonderful learning experience for me, from listening to professionals and observing therapeutic machines in action to being able to help handle the horses on the high speed treadmill and in the AquaFit. For anyone interested in equine rehabilitation, I would highly recommend looking into Hartpury’s program. Sunday my mum is picking me up and we are going to spend some time with family before heading home. I can’t wait to see everyone back home but I will miss Hartpury and being in England for sure! Well, I’d better go work on packing (yay), but thanks for reading, it’s been a pleasure!
Hartpury in the spring! It’s almost too beautiful to leave.