Friday, March 30, 2012

Venice Of The Cotwolds

 It was our first full day in Cheltenham.Me,Mum,and Cat went to the Venice Of The Cotswold's,Bourton On The Water.It is a picturesque village with a river running through the centre of the village.Gorgeous chocolate box houses face out onto the river.Mini bridges span the water from one side to the other.

It was cold and grey today.I was shivering in my New York Yankee top.The last few days have been around twenty degrees centigrade.It was around 12 degrees C and cool.The river looks magical with sunlight dappling across the water.It is very shallow,very clear,and clean.

The bridges were lovely.I think there were about four of them spanning the River Windrush.In the summer its said there are more visitors than residents.We visited it a few years ago and had tea in the lovely Windrush Cafe.

After spending out on a Moorcroft pottery Nuthatch on a pot we sat eating snacks by the river.I had bought a coat by then because I was frozen.
 One of the Houses had a small Cherry Blossom Tree growing in its front garden, growing behind stone mushrooms and alongside the river.I love Cherry Blossom Trees.The pink flowers are so delicate,pretty,but also fleeting.
 Bourton's other famous residents are the Ducks that quack and swim along the River.Mum gave them some bread to eat.You can see the shallow water and stony bottom.
 The next stop was the small market town of Stow On The Wold.The Sun started to burn all the clouds off and it finally warmed up.We had some coffee and dinner in a cafe called Huffkins.I loved my Gloucester Old Spot Sausage Sandwich with home made Red Onion Relish.We walked to the Medieval Church.I spotted this beautiful Forsythia,liquid sunshine.
 These Daffodils were blooming in the Churchyard.They look great illuminated by the afternoon sunshine.

This was the Church called Saint Edwards where we walked around after dinner.I bought a few more bits in the many shops in Stow On The Wold.
This was Huffkins Cafe where we ate dinner.It is a grade 1 listed building with gorgeous black timber beams,and original wooden stairs and walls.I loved the atmosphere.It was busy considering its only the end ofMarch.We are going to the Stroud Farmers Market tomorrow,its been a good start to out Cotswolds trip.

1 comment:

Gaz and Mark said...

have to agree with you comment about Forsythia being liquid sunshine! For me its always the msot spring like sign that spring is here. Even more so than the daffs etc.

So glad we are finally back into Spring again!