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Thursday 24th August 1972 - Macclesfield

In some of the counties like Staffordshire the appearance of the country changes all together. Separating the paddocks were stone walls where all the stones are just wedged in. All of a sudden it got very hilly and misty. Everywhere else it had been flat. The grass was a beautiful luscious green and many a time we saw a cow leaning over the wall eating that grass. Just as the saying goes "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence".

Mummy said she saw a little black calf that had just been born as the mother was pulling the skin out of herself. Just above a great big lake we stopped and had a run around in the green grass. We then arrived in Macclesfield and went to Aunty Philippa's and Uncle Bob’s house. We played soccer and played with Ian and Bruce. Their house is really nice.

Friday 25th August 1972 - Macclesfield

After we did all the chores we drove to Chester which is about 35 miles away. Instead of stone walls separating the paddocks there were hedges. Again we saw a horse eating the grass on the other side of the fence. When we arrived in Chester we went to see the stone wall that ran for 2 miles around the city. It is known to be the only whole wall in Britain standing perfectly. We walked around the 2 miles of the walls and saw some interesting sights. Some of the towers we saw were King Charles Tower, The Goblin Tower and the Water Tower. Soon after we started the canal started to run beside us. We came to the North Locks which consisted of 3 locks all in a row. From the outside we saw Chester Cathedral which is very big. We started at the Eastgate which is a great big arch with a clock on top of it. It was built in 1897. All along the way it was lovely with green trees, a canal or the River Dee beside you. We passed an old castle and then crossed a road to the other part of the wall. It was by the River Dee which was murkier than the Brisbane River. Another view from the city walls I liked was of the River Dee. Right across the river was a sandbank with swans sitting on it cleaning themselves and swimming around. At the end below us were some Roman Gardens where they were rebuilding a Roman Hypocaust. A Hypocaust is where the Romans used to bath.

We also saw the remains of poles that used to belong to the house. The grey of the stones blended really well with the green grass. Across he road was a Roman open-air theatre or Roman Amphitheatre. It is stone built and is the largest yet discovered in Britain, measuring 314 x 286 feet. All we saw was a great big sanded arena where the actors used to be and a grassed area all around. We then saw the remains of the Roman Wall. The ruins were really great.

Inside a wine shop we saw an old Norman arch which had not been destroyed. After looking around the shops for a dress for my birthday we drove home with Uncle Bob and the family. The fields were lovely and green. As we were driving by we saw the Jodrell Bank Radar Station. It is a cup like saucer and really huge. It is white and receives satellites and looks into space. The smaller one is a bit more powerful

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