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.