The Cotswolds

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Scenes from our hike. You actually walk through peoples' properties, including this horse pasture.

The next morning we had breakfast down in the dining room.  I went a little overboard and had cereal, a poached egg, sausage, mushrooms, beans, and since I had never heard of it before, fry bread.  It was all delicious except for the fry bread--only after I received it did I realize that fry bread was bread fried in animal fat.  (I guess I should have guessed it from the name...)  I apologized that I couldn't eat it, but I finished everything else off very quickly.  And again, excellent coffee!

At breakfast we spoke with the other guests at the B&B.  One was a woman from Switzerland who had worked in Ebrington 35 years ago as an au pair.  This was her first time back since then, and amazingly, many people still remembered her.

A terribly flattering shot of me...
  The other couple was from north of London.  They were here on business, and just for the one night.  They gave us some good tips about the London tube. 

After breakfast we went for our first hike.  We had planned to follow a map, but got off the trail almost from the start.  (We didn't realize this for some time.)  Shortly after we started we came across a little dog.  The dog adopted us for the hike.  He was so cute!  He would walk alongside us, or walk on ahead.  If we stopped, he would stop and wait for us.  A couple of times when we couldn't figure out the map (because it wasn't applicable by that point) he would choose the direction for us to continue.  He actually seemed to be steering us on a good path.

Our doggie guide, whom I called Benji.
  Then, once he had led us back out to the main road, he went on his own way.  He was with us for well over an hour.  I called him Benji.  It felt really special that he showed up like that.

The walk itself was absolutely beautiful.  We trekked through horse pastures, rapeseed fields, farmland, and the village.  This walk was my favorite part of the entire trip. 

After we got back we rested for a few minutes, hopped in the car, stopped for a quick pastie lunch and then we were off for Blenheim palace.  I wasn't so impressed with the tour.  It was interesting, but I can only take so much gold-leaf on the ceilings before I get bored.  After that we walked around the gardens, which were nice. 

After Blenheim we drove back, stopping first at the Rolling Right Stones, which weren't that impressive.

Could you ever hope to find a more picturesque hiking location?
  They are an ancient set of monoliths from 1000-2600 BCE. 

Next we went through the village of Blockly and walked through the very small city center.  There was a lovely old church with an ancient cemetary.  Then we were on to Chipping Norton and walked around the much larger High Street.  We saw the ancient Market Hall, a covered structure that dated back several hundred years.  The stone floor was extremely rutted.  It was interesting to consider how trade occurred in such a small area. 

Then we went on to the church, which was very beautiful.  It had a much larger cemetary.  As we were walking around outside (both churches were closed, so we couldn't go in), the bells started to peal.  They lasted for several minutes.

We finished up with dinner at the Red Lion pub.  We had fish and chips with peas and Strongbow cider.  Finished with coffee.  Then we came back to the B&B to rest up for the next day.

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Scenes from our hike.  You actuall…
Scenes from our hike. You actual…
A terribly flattering shot of me...
A terribly flattering shot of me...
Our doggie guide, whom I called Be…
Our doggie guide, whom I called B…
Could you ever hope to find a more…
Could you ever hope to find a mor…
Benji found a friend while leading…
Benji found a friend while leadin…
In front of Home Farm B&B
In front of Home Farm B&B
This sign cracked us up--not entir…
This sign cracked us up--not enti…
Blenheim Palace.  (Pronounced Blen…
Blenheim Palace. (Pronounced Ble…
The gardens at Blenheim.
The gardens at Blenheim.
The Rolling Right Stones (and my f…
The Rolling Right Stones (and my …
I believe this was called the King…
I believe this was called the Kin…
Me in the drivers seat.
Me in the driver's seat.
I think cemetaries can be quite be…
I think cemetaries can be quite b…
The dining room at Home Farm B&B.
The dining room at Home Farm B&B.
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