Because I've committed to blog every day in November, I'm going back to finish my series on our trip to England in 2018. Without a lot of income coming in at the moment, I have been dreaming of travel!!
For our first road trip of the vacation, we chose the Cotswolds. We began with a quick visit to Stratford-upon-Avon, which was fun for our English major-theatre family.
|Wandering through Stratford|
|I love doors in England!|
|Check out those kneeling pads!|
|In the little chapel where Shakespeare is buried|
|His daughter Susannah's grave|
(our top name, if we had a girl, was Susannah)
|An amusing English shop sign|
|Shakespeare's family home|
|Here we all were in 2008!|
|The lovely Meredith cooking on the Aga and Gareth slicing ham from their freshly slaughtered hog|
|Our kids got along well!|
|We brought this yummy gin from Stratford and enjoyed sipping it in the evening!|
|Looking back on our early years together!|
Broadway Tower, where we could see views of the countryside. According to its website, Broadway Tower was "the brainchild of the great 18th century landscape designer, Capability Brown. (What a great name!) His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798. Wyatt designed his “Saxon Tower” as an eccentric amalgamation of architectural components ranging from turrets, battlements, and gargoyles to balconies."
|Britain is, in many ways, more sustainable than the U.S.--|
my plastic bag in the shop was made of recycled plastic bottles
|Kieran enjoyed sampling the microbrewed soft drinks in England|
|Making use of an old phone box|
|Now it's a defribillator!|
|Felt so refreshing to dip my feet into the water on a hot day!|
|I convinced Mike to do the same!|
Fleece Inn, a bicycle ride away from the B&B. The Fleece Inn was originally built in the early 15th century (the time of Chaucer) by a farmer named Byrd and remained in the same family until 1977 when it was bequeathed to the National Trust. This text from their website shows just how old it is: "The building was already 71 years old when the Lancastrians marched by on their way to final defeat in the Wars of the Roses at the Battle of Tewksbury, and it was 200 years old when the Gunpowder Plotters rode past on their ill-fated attempt to blow up Parliament."
|Chris enjoyed England's historic pubs!|
The pewter on the walls has been on display for 300 years.
|Witches' circles painted to prevent witches from flying down the chimney!|
|The guys ordering food and drinks|
|Kieran trying "faggots," which my dad loved in England!|
Faggots are large meatballs made of off-cuts and offal.
|My yummy chicken and apricot pie|
|Recreating our classic photo!|
|Our combined beautiful kids!|
|Pancakes and eggs on the Aga|
|The content Englishman|
|Recreating classic photos from Japan|
Of course, we had fun looking back at old photo albums from Japan! Have you ever had a friend who, although you've been separated by miles and years, when you see them again it's as if no time has passed? That is Sue and Gareth for us...friends for over 30 years, friends forever.
If you ever go to the Cotswolds, you must stay at Lowerfield Farm!