Hello From The Cotswolds

the cotswolds

Greeting from the Cotswolds where I have been since Monday evening and which I leave on Friday to make my way a little further south to stay with old friends for the weekend before returning home via Somerset. When I booked my five-day stay here it seemed liked a goodly spell to spend in this ravishingly pretty corner of England but I now realize it’s only just enough time to get a quick peek at some of the many attractions the area has to offer.


I arrived late on Monday evening having taken the one thirty ferry from the Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead. I had forgotten the joy of a ferry crossing: not mind the actual journey but the ability to throw the proverbial kitchen sink into my luggage without having to worry about said luggage being over an airline’s miniscule baggage weight limit. However I got a little carried away and I actually packed my iron as well as enough clothes to wear for a month of Mondays. Mad!


Before I set out I worried about driving from Holyhead to my destination as I don’t do a lot of motorway driving. There are a mass of motorways that snake up, down and across England. I used four of them on my journey and memorized in advance their numbers M56, M6, M42 and M40 and where they merged or crossed from one to the other so I didn’t get panic-stricken en route. The journey was surprisingly easy and has done much to alleviate my motorway driving fears.


I am staying in the charming village of Kingham close to the town of Chipping Norton. It’s a quiet spot and if it wasn’t for cars rumbling through, a forest of TV aerials on the chimneys of the village’s houses, and electric wires threaded around the place I could easily believe I had time travelled to an earlier century.


This part of the Cotswolds has: towns and villages where most of the buildings are constructed out of mellow honey coloured stone; undulating landscapes with patchworks of fields where sheep graze against backdrops of gentle hills and Constable-esque trees; houses and cottages with enchanting gardens filled with lavender, hollyhocks, climbing roses …


It’s also a land peopled by tall aliens with square yellow faces aka speed cameras. Seriously they are everywhere. I don’t drive fast and I do my best to adhere to the speed limits but I was so busy concentrating on where I was going that I think I may have missed some of the speed restriction signs but I bet those aliens didn’t miss me! When I get home I face a stressful few weeks watching the post for missives from the leaders of the yellow-faced tribe.

I have learnt a lesson and I would not attempt to drive again, in the UK, without Sat Nav so that I am not distracted looking out for directional signs and I can concentrate solely on my driving.


Filed under Musings, Travel

32 responses to “Hello From The Cotswolds

  1. What a beautiful part of the world.

  2. How beautiful, I would love to visit/live there. I just adore the beauty of the villages and landscape.

  3. Oh dear, I do hope you will be spared traffic tickets. I am sure you were driving very responsibly. I admire your courage in tackling the motorways. πŸ™‚

    • I hope so too. And I think and I hope I was driving responsibly. The motorways in many ways were easier then the A and B roads as at least I was sure I was headed in the right direction and wasn’t distracted looking for directional signs. #satnavrequired!

      • I haven’t tried satnav technology yet. I am an old-fashioned map person, or, if that fails, I ‘follow my nose’!

      • Sometimes the old fashioned ways are best. The thing that worries me about Sat Nav, if I get it, is that I might find listening to the directions too much of a distraction while I am driving. πŸ˜‰


    Oh my, this is so lovely. I feel relaxed by just looking at those cottages and bridges and ancient trees. ❀

  5. How lovely and quaint! Your pictures look like they are out of a vacation magazine. I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay πŸ™‚

  6. Great pictures.

    It seems that it would be much better to get a ticket right away, rather to receive one in the mail. Let’s home you don’t get any.

  7. How lovely! It looks like an area Stefano and I would enjoy immensely! Enjoy the rest of your vacation, B.!

  8. The Cotswold is high on my to see list for England, everyone keep telling me what a lovely spot it is and you have convinced totally me your photo story. You did a great job! πŸ™‚
    Enjoy, happy traveling, take good care. ❀
    Love, Dina

    • Thank you so much Dina. The Cotswolds are beautiful with parts of the area looking like it came straight from a centuries’ old painting.

      I enjoyed my trip to England – it’s nearly over as I am heading to catch a ferry home tomorrow.

      Love B πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  9. Sat Navs are such a blessing! Lovely photographs of an area I’ve yet to visit – sorely tempted now πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you Suzanne. If I am planning another holiday where I will be driving around I will definitely invest in a Sat Nav. I hope you get to visit The Cotswolds. πŸ˜‰

  11. What lovely photos…everything I would imagine the cotswolds to look like. What a wonderful holiday.

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