Brenda, to answer your questions.....
Where we live here in the West Country is about 45 miles or so from Bristol, and around 150 or 160 miles away from London. Not a long way by American standards I know, but it's certainly a long way for us!
Joy (A Retired Teacher) and Sue in Suffolk both live on the eastern side of the country, also a long way from London, although I don't know how far, and a very long way away from us here in Somerset.
Thank you for your always kind comments on my blog, I know you're a long time reader.