Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A Mooch Along the Cotswold Way


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A good base for a trip to the Cotswolds is Kings Stanley not far from Stroud.  It is right on the Cotswold Way for those that enjoy a long distance path, walking into Stroud is also easy either along the canal towpath or up the hill to Selsey Common which gives great views over the town and surrounding countryside.

On Selsey Common overlooking the church and Stroud.

Following the Cotswold Way, you can either head towards Bath or Chipping Camden, Kings Stanley being just about in the middle of the route.  Beautiful countryside views, pretty villages, woods and picnics are the order of the day.

Cheltenham isn't far away.
Wishing Fish Clock by Kit Williams

The Cotswold Way runs along the Cotswold Edge, which extends for over 50 miles along the limestone escarpment, and once you reach Leckhampton Hill offers some wonderful views over Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewksbury in the Severn Valley and even to the Malvern Hills in the distance as well.  The view of the Devil's Chimney rock formation below unfolds as you walk through an old stone quarry.

It is so flat down there where all the big towns lie, it just makes you wonder what would happen if the sea level rose.

We'll stop off at Gloucester to have a look at the Cathedral while we're here.

Beatrix Potter's shop and museum The Tailor of Gloucester

With the Cotswold Way being 102 miles long, there's plenty more to explore.


Monday, 29 June 2020

Severn Safari


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This morning we're taking a ride along the River Severn to Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley where we'll head off for a safari at the West Midlands Safari Park, just for a change.  

Stourport itself grew from being at the Severn terminus of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and became a hub for trade across the West Midlands in 1771 especially when the junction with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal was built.  Nowadays, the canal basins, locks and narrow boats make the town a great place to visit.

Not far from the town is plenty of countryside.  A few miles further up the River is Bewdley where the West Midlands Safari Park is based, near the Wyre Forest.

Let's drive the car around the park and see what we find.

Can you see the white tiger?

The giraffes are the stars!

Georgian Bewdley itself is very attractive and has a great Museum.

Back to Stourport for a last look at the locks.


Friday, 26 June 2020

Five at 33°C


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Is it hot enough for you?  Phew!  Much too hot for me at 33°C but beautifully bright and cheery from inside looking out with a cold drink.  Another similar week has shot by, not a lot different has happened really.  Here's what I've been up to though.

1.  Out in the garden a few new contenders for bloom of the week have opened up.

2.  Walking locally hasn't really turned up anything very new although the walks have been very enjoyable apart from the heat.  We seem to have reached a gap in flowering, awaiting the turn of the new species coming a little later in the season.

3.  Family video calls have continued to delight with even a shared zumba session with Australia this week.  The wonders of technology and definitely no photos available!

4.  The Peerie Blooms blanket has been finished.  I sat there crocheting the border under the blanket in the heat, totally crazy!  I'm so pleased with it even before it's been given a good stretch.

5.  Looking through my recipe books, I came across this ice cream cake, not sure if it's a Nigella recipe or someone else but it seems appropriate for a sunny Summer day.

Have a great weekend. Stay safe.