5 years and counting…

Moversary x 12 x 5 this week and to celebrate we spent the weekend in the Cotswolds.  And what a lovely weekend it was.  Here is a summary of the weekend:

  • Weekend Length – Long.  We stayed away for 4 nights travelling down on Thursday evening and coming back Monday.
  • Weather – Fair to poor.  Quite grey, a bit of rain and not a lot of warm sun.  A bit disappointing.
  • Cottage – Jasmine Cottage, Chipping Campden.  It was in a perfect central location and fitted out to suit us perfectly.
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  • Walks – Two.  First one was 11 miles when we walked from Chipping Campden to Broadway.  The second one was just under 11 and we walked from Bourton on the Water through Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter.
  • Paths – Gustav Holst Way.  Named after the composer of the Planets who was born in Cheltenham.
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  • Pubs – The Eight Bells and the Red Lion were both dog friendly and both in Chipping Campden.  My favourite of the two was Eight Bells.
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  • Games – Uno in the Eight Bells and the Time Bomb Word game that I bought in Moreton in Marsh in the cottage.
  • Villages & Towns – Stow on the Wold, Bourton on the Water, Broadway, Chipping Norton, Chipping Campden, Burford, Moreton in Marsh, Stratford on Avon.  My favourite was Chipping Campden where we stayed.
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  • Colour – Yellow.  The yellow stone was distinct and gave the villages a very typical “Cotswolds” feel.
  • Shops – Two Christmas shops, lots and lots of antique shops and everything you could imagine Shakespeare in the shop by his birthplace
  • Historic Buildings – The Market Hall in Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower in Broadway and Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford on Avon.
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  • Food – Pork Pie and Game Pie on Pi (3.14) Day and ice cream in Bourton on the Water

I could have easily spent a week away exploring the villages, covering a few more miles on foot and enjoying the comforts of the cottage.  But, sadly, there is work to come home too and other such realities to face.

But this is what 5 years looks like.  Pretty good if I do say so, myself. 🙂