Forever Heading South

Not even a week had passed and Rod and I were heading south again. This time we had his parents in tow with us and we were making our way to Gloucestershire. Rod has cousins who live down that way, Anne and Robert. Rod and I have visited his cousins a few times and we both love it there. We walk through the door at Anne and Robert’s and instantly feel relaxed.

Rod and I took advantage of our National Trust membership again over our long weekend, this time visiting Newark Park, a Tudor hunting lodge. The building was initially rejected by NT as they didn’t realise how important a property it is, but it is good to see this place being preserved. The weather was not on our side the day we visited here, but we had a quick wander around the grounds and even managed to grab a couple of geocaches before the house opened up.

We visited a National Trust village – Bibury. We’d been recommended to visit by Anne and Robert, and although this place is National Trust, it’s actually free for all to wander around. The village was really lovely, in particular the little row of old cottages, formerly weavers’ cottages. There was a sweet little church in Bibury, a beautiful, babbling stream, and we even grabbed a quick cache to add to the growing total of finds.

Rod and I took a visit into Gloucester one afternoon. We’ve been before, but it was a lovely day and it seemed a shame not to get out for some fresh air. We specifically wanted to walk around the dock area, and additionally there was a little market running – we couldn’t resist buying a couple of freshly made Welsh cakes … delicious 🙂 We also made a return to the cathedral, which is stunning.

Rod and I have only been to visit Anne and Robert a few times together, but I’d never really explored the village they live in so this time we made an effort to walk around Bisley. It’s a gorgeous Cotswold village, including a rather fabulous old pub called the Bear Inn. This place is rather a favourite of Rod’s, and I must admit it really does have a charm. I was also particularly interested in a tale recounted by Anne about the Bisley Boy … hmmmm …. interesting! Out for a walk with Anne, we took her to find her very first cache (one Rod and I had previously found) and then went on to find another together.

Aside from our amblings around the Cotswolds, we of course spent time with family, relaxing, eating (including a curry from scratch made by Rod on Anne and Robert’s Aga), and I even had a little knitting circle with Anne and her friend Adrienne.

It’s such a drag returning to reality!


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