28 June 2011

the cotswolds

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On Saturday, Nao and I went to a wedding on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border. It was lovely and the couple did a fantastic job. The reception took place in a field and we, along with a few others, parked up our tents so we could literally roll into bed after the party. 
Next day, after a cuppa and some left over wedding cake, we decided to pack up our tent and go and have an explore around the surrounding shires, and mighty nice it was too!...


on the way, we accidentally happed across a small antiques fair held in the village hall, 25p entrance fee? steady on!

Nao bought some lovely tools for his shed, and i got a brass fox door knocker similar to the one at our workshop, to put on the shed. After that, we drove around in search of a nice spot to have a bbq, and not long before we found a nice ickle bridge with a ickle stream running through it. We had veggie burgers with home-grown raddish/onions and peas, and sweetcorn with butter.









after a walk up a hill in the blistering heat, we went back to the town nearby where everyone was dipping their feet in to the stream running through the town centre...

and it seemed only right to have a cold glass of wine and a tiny nap.

we found a small campsite, that had just two other tents in it when we arrived, and we had some bread/cheese/olives/grapes/pickled onions and wine for dinner.




after Nao assessed his junk finds and i had won a battle with a few trespassing flies, we took our wine into a neighbouring field just as the sun was setting. I have to say, this is what we come camping for, if I was in a hotel, I would never had seen the barley field in the evening sun!







when I opened my eyes the next morning i saw this...

and then this...

both of which were very agreeable. 
I love these stone walls you see everywhere in the Cotswolds, and also, so many wild flowers, even wild blue geraniums and poppies...

these walls must have taken years to build,

we were both in amazement when we drove past this man...

looks like he could do with a cuppa tea..

We stopped off at the Cotswolds Farm park, not sure if Nao is really that interested, but he didn't get much say in it. There were so many critters there...







we went back to our tent and had lunch and another nap, before packing it all up and heading for home. On the way we saw all of this...




and ate this...

this is Bibury, which although quite touristy, is still amazing and a peaceful place.


the cotswolds was lovely and we will hopefully return when we have a bit more time to spend there.
It is worth it just for the gnome houses.




the end.

64 comments:

  1. You guys are the perfect advertisement for the uk!! You always go to the most beautiful places!! Where did you get your tent from? I need to get myself one of those!!!

    Jess x
    http://pinkindielondon.blogspot.com/

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  2. I read every post you write. What a lovely weekend holiday you shared.
    - Joy

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  3. once again my dear, you have convinced me that i shan't be happy until i'm living in the uk. such a lovely holiday, thank you for sharing!
    xo

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  4. That must have been Bourton on the Water, a place I visited as a child and it made such an impression that I've never forgotten it.
    Look like the perfect weekend!

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  5. your life is like something out of the secret garden. so, so jealous.

    xo
    sami

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  6. your life is so beautiful..

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  7. Sounds like a magical weekend! A wedding, camping and a stumble onto a antiquing adventure ... my heart is going pitter patter for you :)

    Such lovely pictures too!

    ♥ Cat brideblu

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  8. Brilliant little trip. You must have sampled tea and cake in almost every county by now (?).

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  9. Can you please tell me where you sourced your tent from? As it is my dream come true tent!
    My email is little_miss_cz@live.com.au

    I LOVE your beautiful blog xo

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  10. I'm always outrageously jealous of your adventures, but this one in particular is making me green with envy.

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  11. You two inspire me so much to get out and explore!

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  12. What a beautiful post. And the feels are just the right kind of romantic, to me. Sounds like an amazing time. Thank you for sharing the photos!

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  13. Simply stunning. Currently trying to persuade my boy that we should get a canvas tent and I believe that these photographs will provide incontrovertible evidence that I am right! x

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  14. I've never seen so many animals I want to kiss in one post. Gorgeous!

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
    June giveaway

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  15. Beautiful! Love all the flowers and the wee animals. I would be curious to know the source for your tent as well...

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  16. As usual your photographs are absolutely beautiful.

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  17. Oh! Just found the answer to the tent question under faq. Thanks, now know what to search for anywho. :)

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  18. Way too gorgeous, I am so jealous!

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  19. A magical weekend! I live on the edge of the Cotswolds and it is very pretty! Burfurd is 8 minutes away by car! I recognise the photos of Bourton on the Water, it gets so busy in the summer! Bibery is gorgeous and used on lots of postcards!
    We are going camping in the next few weeks, I love it but the Hubby isn't so keen, our tent isn't as pretty as yours though!
    Rachel x

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  20. what a collection of gems you gathered! lovely shots.

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  21. oh my gosh, this reminded me of the fact that I lalalove england so much! ;-) Now I want cream tea! ;-))

    xoxo Trine

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  22. What a romantic time you had so beautiful.

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  23. Stunning as always!

    It's great seeing good old Blighty anew and with such relish. Makes me want to go for a drive there too.

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  24. Wow, such a beautiful weekend, looked glorious! Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos.

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  25. You find the most magical places. I am in awe.

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  26. wow wow wow, absolutely wow! I follow your blog and ready every post.. i loved every photo.. and your adventure.

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  27. Gosh what a romantic, most beautiufl break. You've brought back many memories for me. Long ago I spent a few summers in teh Cotswolds and many evenings at The Catherine Wheel Inn at Bibury. Happy times from a different life and it was lovely to reminisce a while.
    Thanks for such amazing pictures.
    Stephx

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  28. Ohhhhh, this looked like the most perfect day in the whole world, it gave me goosebumps and made me miss england soooooooooooooooooo much..
    That tent is Amazing, I think I would move into it permanently over summer!!

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  29. Clare29.6.11

    How lovely! I came across your blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed reading back through all your adventures. I bought a bell tent last year - but unfortunately my london garden is too small to put it up in (large enought garden for bell tent to be set up as semi-permanet summer house was the criteria when we were looking for place last year but sadly other things too priority!), and my car has a broken clutch so I haven't used it all year so far. It's certainly not a tent you can use without a car - unless you have a couple of very strong men around to carry your bags. You've motivated me to get on and get my car fixed and get out camping in the glorious summer countryside.

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  30. Beautiful scenery and an amazing tent I must add.

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  31. Those pictures really makes me wanna go to England for holiday...in a wonderful tent like yours ofcourse...Love!

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  32. Looks so lovely....really beautiful.

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  33. Just.... wow. I live in the midwest of America, no cottages, no camping on the side, no happy farms to tour, no trespassing! The architecture and foliage are just stunning, but your photography is stunning as well. I also had no idea your tent was so tall! I love it! We have a tall tent too, but it's nylon, not nearly as romantic.

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  34. Anonymous29.6.11

    Those cottages-oh me oh my!!!!!!!How absolutely perfect!thanks for the photos.

    Jacqui

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  35. If you were to write and photograph the perfect short break, this must be it!! I am in AWE of the whole scenario, your little jar with fresh wild flowers, the amazing barley fields, the scones, the cottages, the animals - WOW I would brave the bugs for this;) Thanks for making my day brighter.
    A xxxx

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  36. Heavenly post. Wish I was there with you ... although I'm sure you wouldn't be too happy about that!!

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  37. Beautiful photos! My Dad works in Bourton, i love visiting there, especially at Christmas when they have the tree in the water, its magical.

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  38. basically i'm hoping i run into you in person somehow while i am in Oxford this summer (i get there on Saturday and stay until mid-August). your photos are amazing and your adventures are just what i hope for while i am in england.

    and PLEASE tell us where you got your amazing tent!

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  39. thank you your lovely comments!

    All questions about our tent: please look at my Frequently Asked Questions page {FAQ tab at the top of my blog}

    THank yous XXX

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  40. wow....
    what a great way to celebrate your
    friends, but be able to have the
    most incredible little mini...trip
    in the process. I enjoyed the collage of goodness. kelly

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  41. Are you serious! These photos are amazing. And your tent....it's so incredibly lovely. Must say I'm a bit jealous.
    xo jana

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  42. Some of the loveliest photos you've taken Artemis! What a beautiful place - and nicely captured too!

    Wow - I've been following you for a year now, you're still up their as one of my fav bloggers! Keep up the good work.

    Could do with some summer outfit ideas... what are you wearing these warmer days?

    :) Carolyn x

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  43. I wanted to Cotswold for ages. If I'll ever make it to England that's where I am going, even before Londen, before anything else. Look at those cottages and tiny houses!!

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  44. What a beautiful place. Wish I could be there, among those cute little piglets and ducklings :) x

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  45. That is a most awesome tent....makes camping look so romantic.

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  46. i also am pretty much dying to know more about that tent! where did it come from?

    beautiful pictures & great writing :)

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  47. So beautiful (although I'll admit to being a wee bit biased as that's near my neck og the woods). Looks like suck a relaxing and peaceful weekend- your posts always make me feel a little wistful for life pre-children! xx

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  48. Most amazing tent I've ever seen!

    Looks like you had a wonderful trip. Beautiful photos as usual.

    Haylz
    xx

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  49. so many amazing photos. how do you stand it??

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  50. Such a beautiful life... such a beautiful blog too :^)

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  51. ummm.... that was one of the most delightful journeys through a post ive yet seen! what a lovely blog you have.

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  52. Just read this post today ....over here in Melbourne Australia,I feel I have been transported to a little piece of England for the past few minutes!

    I have been mesmerised Artemis...You do it so well:) x

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  53. What an amazing weekend. The barley field. . . oh my!

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  54. Oh my good gracious! An absolute treat for the senses. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  55. WOW. What a brilliant sounding weekend. And your photos are absolutely glorious!

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  56. beautiful...just beautiful...
    amy of four corners design

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  57. been 3 years since I was in the Cotswolds and I miss it so much. Those stone walls were wonderful to see!! You certainly don't see anything like that in the US.

    Where did you get your tent? It looks wonderful!

    Glad to have found you via Heather Bullard

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  58. I just discovered your blog. Your photos are so lovely I could cry....

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  59. You have a great , great , great and lovely blog !!
    Love from the Netherlands ♥RINI♥
    I will see your blog again and again .

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  60. *love love love*
    My mum lives about 5 miles outside Stow on the Wold so she's pretty much slap bang in the middle of the Cotswolds :) having said that, I've still only been to the Cotswold Farm Park once as an adult! I must rectify this!
    Absolutely love your photos and when our tent breaks (possibly after two weeks in Scotland starting next week), I'm planning on getting a bell tent!
    xx

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  61. Anonymous7.2.12

    Wonderful photographs. The one taken in Cold Aston gazing up at the cottage is just opposite where my grandfather lived and my father grew up. My husband ploughed the barley field you are stood in before the crop was planted and I used to work where you were camping when it was a Garden Centre! I live just across the fields from where you stayed. Your pictures do it all justice and makes me appreciate where I live!

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  62. Annie7.2.12

    I meant to add to my last comment which was anonymous (didn't mean to press that button). My father and grandfather worked on Folly Farm (when it was a working farm) and both of them were brilliant at Cotswold Dry Stone Walling. There many walls around the area which can be attributed to them! My father taught my husband and one of my sons this art! Makes you very proud to see a wall which will stand for years to come and know the person who actually built it was your father!

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  63. Linda2.7.13

    Exquisite! Thank you!

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