Wednesday, August 31, 2011

the road to home ...

We drove out to take another look at our house last week. We're quite anxious for the current renters to move out so we can move in! Here are a few pictures from our drive. I took them all from the car, so I had to work with what I had. The countryside is so beautiful and peaceful .... and quiet!

There are lots and lots of sheep all throughout the Cotswolds. Seems to be the most popular animal, even more so than cows. A tidbit about the Cotswolds ...

The Cotswolds is an area of England about the size of greater Tokyo.
Popular with both the English themselves and visitors from all over the world,the Cotswolds are well-known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), sleepy villages and for being so ‘typically English’.

There are famous cities such as Bath, well-known beautiful towns like Cheltenham and hundreds of delightful villages such as Burford and Castle Combe. Above all, the local honey-coloured limestone, used for everything from the stone floors in the houses to the tiles on the roof, has ensured that the area has a magical uniformity of architecture.

Most of the roads in the country are lined with these amazing stone fences, especially the closer you get to the villages.

We're just eight miles out of the town and a few miles from lots of other villages. This sign was 1/2 mile off the side road, which is a mile off the main road.

Many of the houses in the village have names ... ours does, but we're not sure what it is :)

Love, love, love, these amazing flowers!

You'll be glad to know, I'm sure, that as tiny as our village is, we do have a phone booth ...

... and a mailbox. Except it's not this blurry in real life ;)

Here's a tidbit from Wikipedia ...
There is a Manor which dates back from the Elizabethan Era and Elizabeth I was rumored to have stayed there. The Manor was the residence of Mrs. Dent-Brocklehurst the mother in law and grandmother of Sudeley Castle's current owners. The Manor along with the Rectory, Manor Barn and many more are open every Red Cross day for Gardens.

There is a very large Church of England, which along with the Manor, are behind these gates.

I was glad to see this opening leading to the cemetery ... can't wait to wander around in there!

This is the Manor, or at least what you can see of it behind the stone walls :)

I have much more to blog about as we've been quite busy this last week. We took the double decker bus to Gloucester to see the tall ships and visited a castle and a charming Country Show (similar to a County Fair) in a beautiful little town. We're off to Oxford tonight for church ... back soon :)


  1. The Manor is where you'll be living?

  2. You would expect no less, would you? of course, it comes with a gardener, butler, cook, nanny, and more servants then I could ever use ... Which is saying a lot!

  3. Now I know you're kidding =D but still, one can dream. Oh, I soooooo want to come visit!