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Sep 22, 2017 - Farewell to the Cotswolds

Too soon, the day has arrived that we leave this lovely house and area of England. It has been a fantastic week, and we have all met some really lovely people, enjoyed many moments of laughter and friendship. I know we will all miss Harrington House and The Cotswolds! David, our Pulham transfer driver is here well before 10:00am and our luggage is loaded and we are off back to London. Margie gets off at Heathrow T3 to catch her flight home to Vancouver, Ellen & I at Heathrow T5 to catch our flights to Spain for our next adventure, and...

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Sep 21, 2017 - Monarch’s Way

From Longborough, Donnington, Broadwell, Stow-on-the-Wold, Lower Slaughter & Back to Bourton. 14km Up for breakfast and ready early for our hike. It looks like it has just rained and the forecast is for more rain. We are optimistic and don our rain gear just in case. I have chosen the medium hike lead by Gillian, and it looks like it will be just three of us with her – half of the Canadian contingent. The coach drops us off at Longborough and off we walk through one gorgeous little village after another. The trail follows part of The...

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Sep 20, 2017 - Bibury & Cirencester

Today we are having a ‘Margie Walk Day’. I’ve done the easy walk, the medium walk and now the Margie walk which involves lots of photography and meandering. I have done the easy walk with some of the ladies, the medium walk with other ladies and now today is the ‘Margie walk’ with Margie which involves more meandering and photography. Margie, Doris and I leave shortly after the walking groups and catch the #855 local bus to Bibury, listed as one of the Cotswolds prettiest villages. It takes very little time to get there as the bus drivers...

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Sep 19, 2017 - Hidcote to Chipping Camden

National Trust Hidcote Manor to Ilmington, 18th Century Foxcote House through Ebrington and into Chipping Camden – 14.5km Today I am walking with Denise & Ellen on the medium walk. The day starts out lovely with clearing skies and the sun peeping out from behind the clouds. However………by the time we get to Hidcote Manor, our drop off spot, the fog has settled in. It makes for a dramatic setting and shortly after setting off, it brightens a wee bit and the temperatures are perfect for walking. The views are amazing, and we pass countless...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Free day in Bourton-on-the-Water

It was nice not to have any particular plan today. Several of us wanted to visit the laundromat in town so that took up a good portion of the morning, along with walking through the lovely streets of Bourton-on-the-Water. A few of us stopped at the Bakery-on-the-Water for lunch which was very good, and just down the street from Harrington House. I managed to stay away from dessert as I know we are having tea today at 4pm. A good majority of the people left today as they were on a 3-day package. This afternoon the people staying on a 4-day...

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Sep 16, 2017 - Bourton-on-the-Water

A full night’s sleep, what a luxury. Feeling so much more human now. Downstairs in time for 7:45am breakfast and delighted to find homemade Greek yogurt, free range eggs and homemade marmalade. The food is really plentiful and very tasty. The easy walk, which several of us have chosen, leaves at 10:00am, with Dave in the lead and I have offered my service as ‘back marker’ (sweep). So nice to relax and let someone else worry about the trail and direction, although I was accused of abandoning my duties once and galloping up front – oops. Not...

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Sep 15, 2017 - To Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds

We are all up early and very excited to be heading to the Cotswolds this morning. David, our driver from Pulham Coaches, arrives early and we are off right on time! What luxury, a 16 seater Mercedes Van for 6 of us. By 11:00am we reached the beautiful old city of Oxford for a short 4 hour visit. Today is ‘Open Day’ for prospective students thinking of attending Oxford University so the streets were buzzing with activity. We picked up maps from the Information office, chose where we would meet for lunch and were off. We had to be very...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Moreton in Marsh to Bourton on the Water

We had a solidly restful night's sleep in our "bigger than our RV" bedroom! Breakfast was porridge for me followed by only one slice of bacon and one egg. My stomach just is not elastic enough to hold a full, English breakfast (two eggs, 2 sausage, 2 bacon, fried mushrooms, fried tomatoes, toast and jam, plus baked beans) on a regular basis. I have really become quite a fan of English porridge. It is not at all like oatmeal but has such a creamy texture. Here, they put a dab of cream in the center of it and, oh, I could just float to heaven...

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Jul 18, 2015 - Upper Slaughter to Lower Slaughter

Upper Slaughter to Lower Slaughter With laundry hung (no dryer) and breakfast finished, we set off for our 4 mile country walk from Bourton-on-the-Water to Upper Slaughter returning through Lower Slaughter. Before leaving town, we visited the local "flea market" and bought some "millionaire cake" for later. With directions in hand and no map, we set off. The directions were well written - "turn left at the War Memorial, cross the road...go through the metal gate and continue ahead through another metal gate....go through a wooden gate and...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Bourton-on-the-Water

Bourton-on-the-water This is such a relaxing peaceful place and our cottage is right in the middle of the village that we went for a leisurely stroll in the village to check out breakfast places - at 8am none of the restaurants nor tea rooms were open! But by 9:30 the restaurant next door to us had opened - so I had the typical English breakfast except with vegetable sausage (??)! Judi B had scrambled eggs and a scone. Back at the cottage we caught up with our blog then ventured out to see more of the Cotswolds. Touring on narrow roads,...

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Jul 15, 2015 - On to the Cotswolds

The day has come to leave Shoreditch and move on to the Cotswolds. We are taking the train to Oxford where we will pick up a car and drive to Bourton-on-th-Water. Our taxi came a little after 9:30 a.m. by the time he found our place. We think traffic in LA is bad, but London is definitely worse. The Paddington Station is only 5 miles from Shoreditch and we didn't get to the station until 10:30. Our train wasn't scheduled to leave until 10:50 so we had plenty of time to get on the train and find our seats which we were lucky to find. Turns...

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Sep 24, 2007 - Cantering in the Cotswalds

Today we took a Sunday drive down to the Cotswalds for a spot of cream tea. We began our exploration in Woodstock, where we saw a traditional English village with a cobbler, stationer, Harriets Tearooms and a few traditional inns and pubs. We took some long distance shots of Blenheim Palace (where Winston Churchill was born) to avoid the £16 each entrance fee. It definitely looked better from a distance! After strolling down the alleyways with winding stairs covered in 'ivy arches'leading to houses with 5 foot tall doors, we headed on to...

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