The number-one place on my list of towns to retire to is Bradford-on-Avon. It is so beautiful, unspoiled by masses of those dreadful 1960-esque council houses. We visited there yesterday in order to get out of Bristol, something we haven’t done for quite a while. The weather was perfect all day, as you can probably tell, and I highly recommend a trip there. What I was particularly excited about was the two old-fashioned tea/coffee houses there. At both the waiters/waitresses are dressed up in period costume. Alas we only managed to visit one, but the brownie was a triumph.