Since returning from our wonderful week in Whitby, our weekly wanderings seemed to have come to a standstill, this hadn’t been helped by the fact we’d had almost constant rain again.
But today was dry, with a promise of it staying dry. So we ‘Seized the Day’ as the saying goes, and set off for……………….The Snowshill Lavender Farm 🙂
I guess, if we’d planned this trip in advance, we could have found a bus or two and used our bus passes, but as it was very much a spur of the moment, and we wanted to get there the same day, we set off in T’s Yaris.
Driving there through the country lanes, we both commented on how green everywhere was, it certainly was Englands’ green and pleasant land, though probably a bit too green for me. Green grass…….green crops……….. green trees……….. green hedges………. Never mind I thought, probably no butterflies or bees today, but there should be a wonderful splash of colour from the lavender fields.
We continued along the road, rounded the bend, to see………………Huh!!……………..green lavender!! We slowed down to peer over the stone walls, yes, they were definitely lavender plants, but nothing like the vibrant lavender colour I was expecting.
Now, if I’d had the sense to look at the dates on my previous lavender pics, before we set off, I’d have realised, we were a month too early (note to self, visit lavender fields end of July).
It must have been fate we went in the car, I can just imagine arriving in Snowshill by bus (which probably aren’t very frequent), spending an hour or so looking at green lavender, while we wait for the bus to go home again.
Anyway, Stow on the Wold was only ten miles away, so we turned the car around and set off for this picturesque little market town. Like most of the towns in this part of the country, the buildings are all made from the beautiful mellow Cotswold Stone, some of them dating back to the 16th century, even the new builds are in keeping with the old.
Walking up one of the streets in Stow, it was obvious they’d celebrated the recent Jubilee in style.
More flags flying in another little street in Stow.
The village green, with the old stocks still in place.
After wandering around for a while, we called into one of the many local tea shops, had a coffee, and discussed where to go next. My favourite Cotswold village was only a mile down the road, it was the obvious choice, so we went back to the car, and set off for Bourton on the Water.
Bourton is to me, is one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds, and another built from the local stone. Running alongside the main street, the river Windrush, meanders through the town, eventually joining the river Thames at Newbridge.
Looking across the river Windrush towards the main street, stone footpaths straddle the river all through the town.
Turning round and looking back to the two bridges of the previous photograph.
Continuing further along towards another bridge. The Motor Museum in the distance houses many memories of past motors.
A river resident.
The river was flowing quite fast today, and the ducks were quite comical as they travelled at great speed downstream, as though in some sort of race.
This town also has a replica model village of itself, built in Cotswold stone, that can be walked round. I have photos somewhere from past visits, but this site is well worth having a look at.
After spending around an hour wandering around this town, we headed back to the car and home.
No lavender pics this time, but a great day out all the same………..and lavender?……… marked on the calendar for July/August visit.