Sunday, 24 August 2014

August Holiday Weekend

A family walk in the sunshine
through the village
a stop at the church
explain to the grandchildren how to interpret tomb effigies 
then off down into the valley
Baa! this is my field
Of his ilk I suppose he is a fine specimen, but.... 
its onwards and downwards to the forest
return climb back up the hill 
and home for supper

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  1. Wonderful walk in the beautiful surroundings. I greet you.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and your kind comment - I have missed you.

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  2. Lovely buildings on your walk, so very different from here....be lovely to see in reality. The forest is lovely, and how about the cat, sitting there so proud of the catch of the day :)

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    1. The buildings are typically Cotswolds vernacular and some of them are very old. He was quite a petite cat, but he crossed in front of us and we could see the tail hanging from his mouth - as we discovered a bit later he was on his way home with his prize.

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  3. How I enjoyed going on the walk with you.
    Such picturesque photos of the area that you live in Rosemary.
    A perfect day for a walk.
    Naughty cat.. but.. he is doing what cat's do.
    The village looks simply delightful.
    Wishing you a very happy Sunday.
    val xx

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    1. Thanks Val - the family have left now so I am knee deep in towels, bed linen and an almost empty fridge. We had a lovely time with perfect weather.

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  4. Beautiful landscape and proud towering trees. And that cat is such a character, showing off his catch of the day. Love the lichen and the pile of timbers. Lovely walk indeed.

    Enjoy

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    1. Thank you - I am pleased that you enjoyed accompanying me.

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  5. what a lovely part of the world....thanks for taking me along on this beautiful walk.

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    1. Thank you for your visit - it is a walk that I am always happy to make at different seasons of the year.

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  6. Magical. The walk through the village was magical and left me wanting more.

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    1. It is a pretty little village with a lovely pub, a garden nursery and lots of different walks to take.

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  7. Dear Rosemary,

    As always, your photographs are lovely images and equally fine compositions. I have never been to England, but I am guessing that you must live in one of its most beautiful corners, one that would often inspire long daily walks. And I can see by your granddaughter's sweater that your August weather is mild. Here in Florida, my airconditioning is running non-stop, and my periods outdoors are very short, at least this month!

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    1. Having visited Florida in March I can well imagine just how hot the weather is with you Mark.
      I didn't realise that you have never visited us here, for some reason I assumed that you had.

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  8. Oh, English villages . . . so charming!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed seeing this particular village Debra which is in the Cotswolds.

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  9. Beautiful photos of a beautiful walk.

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    1. I am pleased that you enjoyed it Suzie

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  10. Hello Rosemary, You seem to live in an especially favored spot, with so many bucolic elements, both natural and man-made, that can be compassed in one walk.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - there are still so many valleys, little lanes and undiscovered villages that we have yet to find even though we have lived here for 18 years.

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  11. Hi Rosemary, what a nice way to spend some downtime with the family. I am always delighted to see photos of the beautiful village and surrounding landscape you live in. The first photo of the cottage is just so romantic and serene. Wishing you a wonderful week!
    Christina

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    1. Hello Christina - we all thought that the little cottage was a very pretty design with its steep pitched roof and gables, and then the cat also appeared on the scene, obviously returning home with his prize.

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  12. Beautiful photos and beautiful blog!
    Jody

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and welcome

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  13. Just my kind of adventure but what of poor mousey. That kitty looked like he meant business.

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    1. Not even a twitch came from the poor mouse or else I would have rescued him.

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  14. You do live in a lovely place! Is that your house? If so I am envious of your front door. I have always wanted a pointed front door!
    The white snail is very handsome, I hope you let him go on his way.:)

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    1. Fear not Jenny, the snail continued his journey. I have never knowingly come across a pure white one before.
      The cottage is not mine, but it is a very pretty vernacular Cotswold property.

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  15. A beautiful walk Rosemary. Would have loved to walk it with you!

    Have a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

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    1. I would love for you to have joined us - enjoy your trip this week.

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  16. What a charming part of the country the Cotswolds are - you have lovely surroundings to walk in - on a lovely day like today it must have been a joy.

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    1. When there are lovely views and interesting surroundings walking is a pleasure.

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  17. That looks a wonderful walk with your grand children. Thank you for your lovely comment it meant so much to me. Sarah x

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    1. Fortunately they love going for walks and appreciated all that they saw both in the village and valley.

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  18. What a wonderful landscape for walking. Everything looks so lovely.
    Have a happy new week.

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    1. It is that time of year when we need to make the most of summer before heading off to autumn.

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  19. Waah! The quaintness quotient is almost impossible to bear! I so miss the pretty villages and the greenery, I didn't get quite enough to sate my soul and am already wondering how and when I can get back again!!
    Your photos are amazing Rosemary, you captured the walk so beautifully!

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    1. I seem to have missed your posts whilst you were over will pop over and look. It is such a long journey to visit here, I admire your tenacity in doing so.

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  20. What a beautiful walk. You really do live in such a wonderful place. xx

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    1. We are fortunate to have so many interesting walks on our doorstep.

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  21. I'm glad you were able to make the most of the good weather while it lasted, it's been dire down here over the last 24 hours. And cold. More like November.

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    1. What luck Jessica that we went for our walk when we did - today is wet and miserable here too.

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  22. Thanks for taking us on this glorious walk with you :) And, BAD cat, but I guess it is just doing its job.

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Rosemary - hope all is well with you and yours.

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  23. Hi Rosemary....
    I just adore those first few photos of the cottage...beautiful!
    Looks like a great day...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Hello Linda - it is certainly a pretty little cottage and I am sure is lovely inside too.

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  24. Hello Rosemary,

    How wonderfully English this all is. You have captured the essence and certainly the beauty of the English countryside in these delightful images. It makes us quite nostalgic, indeed, the addition of choral evensong in that very church would have totally clinched the matter. There is almost nothing more enchanting in our book.

    You do live in a very pretty part of the country and we have so enjoyed walking along with you.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance - because there are so many valleys in the area with endless little pathways that we have yet to explore, a walk always reveals to us some new discoveries.

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  25. I'd almost forgotten yesterday's sunny weather after today's damp gloom - thank you for the reminder. And I'd love you to explain tomb effigies to us. I always assumed that they were an approximate representation of the local Lord and Lady, but there's obviously more to it.

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    1. I am off to my childhood home of Derbyshire soon, if I come across a good tomb effigy with lots of weepers and may be a Bedesman for good measure then I will photograph it.

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  26. Dear Rosemary, That first shot stole my heart. Thank you for sharing your beautiful surroundings with us and presenting them so expertly with your excellent eye for beauty.

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    1. Dear Gina - that first shot seems to have captured several people. The majority of this village is owned by a large estate belonging to members of the Wills family (tobacco). All of the properties, whose windows and doors are painted a cream colour, belong to them. They also own another large estate in Western Ross, Scotland. However, they generously allow the public into their fine parklands to walk down into the Golden Valley.

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  27. Hello dear Rosemary , it was nice to spent your time in this lovely walk . This forest it is magic all the seasons !
    Have a nice week !

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Olympia - I do hope that all is well with you and your family

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  28. What a picture-perfect village and cottage, Rosemary! (I swear I've seen it in Midsomer Murders!) And every blog post needs a cat.... Thanks so much for allowing us to tag along on your lovely holiday! -Beth

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed seeing the village Beth - I suppose it does have a resemblance to some of the Midsomer Murder locations, but they are mainly filmed in the next county to us which is Oxfordshire. The properties there are also built with some of our Cotswold stone in its villages.

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  29. What a lovely walk Rosemary. Beautiful surroundings and spending time with the grandchildren. A lovely day indeed. Thank you for bringing us along.

    Take care dear Rosemary.

    Charlie
    xx

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    1. Thank you Charlie - so delighted that you enjoyed seeing the walk - the past two days have been rather wet in comparison.

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  30. Dear Rosemary,
    thank you for this delightful walk!
    And for solving the riddle of the blue flower I found on the island.
    Next week I'll follow an idea you put into my heart (after not being able to buy that cute sheep you once showed in a post): I booked rooms to be in 'Downton Abbey', (a surprise present for my friend who finished her doctorate this year - yes, the one with the sheep :) She only knows that we will meet in London next week... So, thank you for all these beautiful presented informations!
    PS: Is there anything we shouldn't miss? I'm staying a long week in London after that.

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    1. Dear Britta - so you are off to stay in Bampton!!! You could also visit Downton Abbey itself - Highclere Castle, and head up to Oxford. If you do visit Oxford it is best to go to the Park and Ride if you have a car, and don't miss out on Kelmscott, William Morris's home. You might enjoy a visit to Cirencester roman town Corinium with a lovely church, good shops and a Roman museum. One of my favourite National Trust houses is Buscott with its fabulous Harold Peto water garden and its wonderful Sleeping Beauty series of paintings by Burne-Jones. Tip - if you are interested in any of these places check out when they are open on the internet before you leave, and print them to take with you.
      I am heading off to London in October and intend to visit the porcelain poppy sculpture at the Tower
      of London which you might be interested in - the Liberty shop is also a favourite destination of mine in London, and the Sir John Soan's Museum, which is free.

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  31. Your photos are of an outstanding English beauty reminding the Cotswolds. And how satisfied and pleased looks that tabby cat!
    Warm wishes
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you Olympia - I could happily have returned home with that cat, he was lovely looking.

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  32. Hello, Rosemary! You let me see my ideal English cottage and its gardens and let me accompany you to such a lovely summer walk in the countryside, which I really appreciate. Your place is a paradise.

    Yoko

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    1. Lovely to hear from you Yoko - it is a pretty little cottage, and I was happy to have you join me on the walk as the summer begins to draw to its close.

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  33. Oh Rosemary, many thanks for this quiet walk through your neck of the woods. :) What gorgeous scenery. Yoko is right: 'Your place is paradise.' As for the cat and the little dead rodent, well, that's a cat's business. He looks pretty proud of it too.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the walk Yvette - the cat does look rather proud of himself - poor little mouse.

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  34. What a lovely walk through your pretty village and wonderful countryside, Rosemary. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it before the awful weather of the Bank Holiday Monday.

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