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    • Day 385

      Provence in England?

      July 7 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Entschuldigung, ich war ein wenig nachlässig.
      Freitag waren wir, mal wieder, früh unterwegs. Die Duschen auf dem Campingplatz sahen nicht sehr einladend aus (Aber der Platzwar, für UK Verhältnisse, günstig.), darum nur Katzenwäsche, Zähne putzen und anziehen. Nachdem dass Zelt gut abgebaut war, startete der vorhergesagte Regen. Jörg hatte aber zwischendurch trotzdem Zeit eine Schwanenfamilie zu fotografieren.
      Nächster Campingplatz, aufbauen und einrichten, hier bleiben wir, bis wir Mittwoch nach London müssen! (Gibt sonst Ärger!)
      Abends haben wir es geschafft, nach etwas suchen und hilflos schauen, beim Fußball- und Sport Club von Charlburly das Spiel zu sehen. Die Engländer, wie immer, sehr nett und mitfühlend, sie haben versprochen jetzt Europameister zu werden - ich bin gespannt!
      Gestern war es einfach nur üsselig, darum haben wir einfach nichts gemacht.

      Unseren ersten Stopp heute haben wir ausfallen lassen, war uns aber auch nicht so wichtig. Wir sind halt in der Nähe der "Diddly Squat Farm" und dem Farm Shop. (Der englische Moderator Jeremy Clarkson hat sich eine Farm gekauft und versucht sich als Landwirt. Seine Bemühungen sind als Serie gedreht worden. Wir fanden es durchaus lustig - sehr englisch, man sieht allerdings auch, dass es schwierig ist als Landwirt über die Runden zu kommen.)
      Da die Parkplätze an der Farm schon recht voll waren und es uns zu nass war, sind wir nach Chipping Norton durchgefahren um erstmal Tee/Kaffee zu trinken.
      Nächstes Ziel war die Lavendel Felder bei Snowshill. So schön lila, der Geruch, ... herrlich! In der Provence ist es sicherlich viel voller als hier, bisher scheinbar noch, ein kleiner Geheimtipp. Man zahlt einen kleinen Eintritt, es gibt Dixies und natürlich einen Shop.
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    • Day 385

      Snowshill Manor und Charles Wade

      July 7 in England ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Charles Wade war ein Architekt, Kunsthandwerker, Dichter und Sammler. 1919 kaufte er das Anwesen bei Snowshill und restaurierte es. Im Herrenhaus wurden seine Sammlungen (unter anderem 26 Samurai Rüstungen) untergebracht, er selbst lebte in einem kleineren Haus im Garten.
      1951 schenkte er das gesamte Anwesen dem National Trust um anschließend mit seiner Frau nach Westindien zu ziehen.
      So viele verschiedene Sammlungen, Instrumente, Uhren, Fahrräder, ... und wenn man durch das Haus durch ist, kommt man in die Gärten, die in England ja fast überall sehenswert sind.
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    • Day 104

      Model villages

      December 16, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Today we decided to explore the Cotswolds, we began our journey in Broadway, where we admired Broadway Tower but didn't explore inside as the entry was £20 per person?!

      We then headed to the pretty village of Stow-on-the-Wold (yes that's a real name) where we saw St Edward's Church, where old yew trees flank the north door of this scenic church with a tall tower built in medieval times. It is said that these doors inspired Tolkien's vision for the door to the Mine of Moria.

      The next stop was another village with a fake name Bourton-on-the-Water. This village was stunning, we grabbed a creamed tea in a cafe near the lake that goes through the town before exploring through all the laneways and checking out all the shops. This town is what Nyora and Daylesford aspire to be!

      The next and final stop was Bilbury where we checked out Arlington Row, a row of heritage listed houses that look exactly as you'd imagine a little English cottage to look like.

      After stopping of at Lidl for dinner snacks we headed to our hotel where we enjoyed some pints in the bar below before hitting the hay.

      Steps: 10.1k
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    • Day 11

      Christmas Eve

      December 24, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      NOTE: I’ve been quite slack on the old the blog of late. I guess I’ve just been enjoying this place too much. The next several days will just be a brief summary and more photos. If you haven’t been following along with our daily videos on Instagram we’ll also pop them up on here. They pretty much sum up each day within a minute.

      We pick up the story on a chilly morning at our cosy little BnB in Chipping Campden. We can’t get enough of this beautiful country side. THr cotswolds have been a real treat. We explored the little town for a bit before heading slightly south back to Stow-on-the-Wold, one of the main Cotswold villages, to meet up with James, Jess, & Hudson for brunch. We were about to part ways for the remainder of the trip so needed to get our Hudson fix before we wouldn’t see them for 5 weeks.
      We ate an explored the great village shops on offer. It wasn’t long before they had to hit the road again so we sadly said our goodbyes and waved them off.

      It didn’t take long before I heard the first “I miss Hudson… and James & Jess”

      We didn’t have time to mope about though, it was Christmas Eve and we had presents to buy. We set ourselves a budget, and a time limit to cruise the stores in this awesome little town separately and buy each other as many little presents as possible. We met back up in an hour with bags full of the goods. Great fun!

      From Stow-on-the-Wold we aimed north. We had to cover a bit of ground if we were going to make it to our next destination. We aimed for Sheffield, a fairly large and grungy city just north of Birmingham. We mad it to our quaint BnB in the city, wrapped our haul of presents, ordered uber eats, and hit the hay.

      Asher ☺️
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    • Day 10

      Rolling through those hills

      December 23, 2019 in England ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      This morning was a very slow morning, We slept in and checked out what was around us on our phones. Turns out we were staying on the grounds of Dyrham Estate. Dyrham Estate was a beautiful country home/castle belonging to someone important. But more important to us, it was used in one of the opening scenes of the movie ‘Australia’. Just a simple fly over shot but still...This led to us watching the first half of ‘Australia’ as we spent the morning hours relaxing. We checked out of our little cottage and wandered down to check to the Dyrham Estate. It was extremely picturesque. Quite cool to be able to stay right next to it. Jo felt like she was in a scene straight out of a Jane Austen film/novel.

      From there we jumped back in the car and headed to Bath. Bath was extremely busy with so much traffic. We drove to the top of the hill for a spectacular view, and then back down to ‘The Circus’, a famous circle of buildings situated in Bath. Soon the chaoticness and business just became to much. We decided to give those Roman baths Bath is famous for a miss because it was just too busy and we had to hit the road.

      We drove north, our route, through the Cotswolds. We cruised though the rolling hills of west England, amazed after every corner we took. We travelled through many beautiful old stone walled farms and stone housed towns. It was just so refreshing being in the country. We stopped for a late lunch in Tetbury, a spectacular old stone town full of amazing old pubs, cafes and gift shops. We found an awesome cafe, ate, and played some cards before hitting the road again. We were trying to get to our AirBnB before dark and we had to make tracks to get there in time. We were heading to a little town called Chipping Campden at the northern end of the Cotswolds.
      We managed to make it, just, after getting a little bit lost before finding our little farmstead studio. The owners met us as we drove in and were so lovely. They showed us the ropes and left us be. This beautiful farm was situated onto of Dovers Hill which overlooks the township of Chipping Campden. We relaxed for a bit. Then headed doesn’t he hill into the cute little town covered in fairy lights for some dinner. We found an amazing Italian restaurant… the amount of Italian we eat you would have thought we were in Italy! We’re both obsessed with it! We dined on spinach and ricotta ravioli and wild boar tagliatelle before heading back up the hill to finish our movie ‘Australia’ and had to bed. Very excited to explore this little place in the morning with a bit more light and also meet up with J,J, & H again for brunch at Stow-on-the-Wold, another beautiful Cotswold town.

      Asher ☺️
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    • Day 8

      Oxford - Cotswolds

      June 11 in England ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Today we leave London and start our 10 day tour through England, finishing at Edinburgh. 13 of us on the Tour. We are the only Kiwis, and there is a mix of Australians and Americans. We are heading to the city of Oxford, founded by the Anglo Saxons in 400 AD, and a couple of hundred years later the Vikings arrived. Today Oxford is well known for the prestigious Oxford University. Also the Ashmolean Museum, the oldest museum in the country, art from Leonardo da Vinci and Michael Angelo and numerous others. Oxford is a stunning city!! We have loved the experience. (and another hat shop eh Lyndon!) This afternoon we headed to the Cotswolds, several stunning honeycomb villages,.. strolling through these old villages was magnificent!!Read more

    • Day 2

      Waking up over the UK

      October 30, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      Last night’ s meal was heavenly. Singapore Air is known for their service and the food too. The appetizer was a smoked trout salad which was fantastic. For the main course, I had the braised short Rib with cornbread pudding. The short rib was delicious. But I had to laugh at the “cornbread pudding”. It was a piece of cornbread. No pudding. Bless their hearts. They cover your table with a cloth, and in this post Covid world they are back to using glassware and silverware.
      The flight attendants are very attentive and helpful. I was falling asleep after my lemon cheesecake (so good Mom, I thought of you.) and they put my seat flat and made up my bed. This is the 1st time I’ve flown overnight in a lie-flat seat. And wow. It makes all the difference. I’m thinking I got a good 4 hours of sleep, Laying down, under the covers with a nice pillow. Yeah, it makes a difference. I woke up this “morning” and the are trying to feed me again. It’s interesting. The meal is considered a “refreshment “ Either pad Thai or a Rueben sandwich. I think I’ll wait. So we land in Frankfurt, have a layover of 1 hour and 1/2 then back in the same plane for another 12 hours. I’m tired, but not “I just spent the night sitting up wedged between 2 people” kind of tired.
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    • Day 6

      Wootton Wawen and Warwick

      July 28, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

      Today was about mooching through antique shops, although with a church in every place we visited a couple of them too. St Mary's in Warwick had scaffolding around its tower for renovation so didn't look so good from the outside. Inside is still lovely. Another amazing looking pipe organ - I want to hear someone play it!

      The church at Wootton Wawen (what a quaint name!) is the oldest in Warwickshire and dates to Saxon times, 700s. Back to antiques, we went to Wootton Wawen for a vintage and antiques place. The Yewtree Farm Courtyard Shopping centre is a selection of shops in old converted farm buildings. We didn't buy any antiques and my favourite shop sold artisan wares. Don't you love those cute knitted woolly pictures? Sadly the artisan chocolate shop closed early 😢
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    • Day 5

      Henley-in-Arden

      July 27, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      On our way home from Birmingham we detoured to Henley-in-Arden. A delightful place. I just don't get tired of looking at those glorious old and wonky buildings.
      I love churches and pipe organs, and I encountered two in one day! Sadly I couldn't play them. If you look carefully at the little one you will notice its black keys are white and vice versa!Read more

    • Day 3

      Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire

      October 11, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

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      "We didn't manage to get up at 7 AM, but it was 8 AM when we woke up. We spent the night in a quiet residential area with plenty of parking. Now, we're on our way to Snowshill Manor, where a country house full of curiosities awaits us. There are also gardens there.

      Today, it's cloudy but warm. We made a short stop in Oxford, and Rupert bought us some bread.

      Yesterday, we had to refuel, and we paid €1.90 for diesel.

      Peppi now naps securely in the alcove during the drive. Cleo didn't want to stay there and jumped down over the safety net.

      About Snowshill Manor:
      Charles Wade (d. 1956) was a wealthy collector of handmade items from around the world, which he displayed thematically in his large country house. He lived in a small outbuilding himself. He was also an artist, architect, and craftsman, working on the house and garden.

      After that, we drove to Birmingham to meet Charles and had dinner with him. It was a short but intense reunion, and we found a place to park for the night near Mary and Gibb's house.

      It was so noisy there for hours that Rupert left at 5:30 AM. I got to stay in bed with the dogs."

      Um 7 Uhr aufzustehen, hat nicht geklappt, aber um 8 Uhr. Die Nacht haben wir in einem ruhigen Wohngebiet mit zahlreichen Parkplätzen verbracht. Jetzt sind wir auf dem Weg nach Snowshill Manor, wo uns ein Landhaus voller Kuriositäten erwartet. Es gibt auch wieder Gärten dort.
      Heute ist es bewölkt, aber warm.
      Wir haben einen kurzen Stopp in Oxford gemacht , und Rupert hat uns Brot gekauft.
      Gestern mussten wir unseren Tank auffüllen und haben 1,90 € für Diesel bezahlt.
      Peppi schläft neuerdings während der Fahrt gesichert im Alkoven. Cleo wollte dort nicht bleiben. Sie ist über das Sicherungsnetz nach unten gesprungen.
      Zu Snowshill Manor:
      Charles Wade (gest. 1956) war ein wohlhabender Sammler handgefertigter Gegenstände aus aller Welt, die er in seinem großen Landhaus nach Themen exponierte. Er selbst lebte in einem kleinen Nebengebäude. Er betätigte sich als Künstler, Architekt und Handwerker und arbeitete als solcher an Haus und Garten.
      Danach sind wir nach Birmingham zu Charles gefahren und haben mit ihm zu Abend gegessen. Das war ein kurzes aber intensives Wiedersehen, und wir suchten uns einen Stellplatz für die Nacht in der Nähe des Hauses von Mary und Gibb.
      Dort war es stundenlang dermaßen laut, dass Rupert um 5:30 Uhr morgens weitergefahren ist. Ich durfte mit den Hunden im Bett bleiben.
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