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Caught up in the Cotswolds

by Ben

rain 13 °C
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Today we went grocery shopping and did a few other errands in nearby Stow-in-the-Wold while the kids baked cookies (a common event at home but rarely possible on the road) and got caught up on our travel blog. When we returned home the rain was plentiful so we opted to do laundry rather than venture outdoors. Muriel and I also spent a good deal of time on logistics for our 78 days back on the continent. Muriel has managed to book quite a few more apartments and houses, leaving just 16 more days accommodation left unaccounted for. It is a great feeling to have that work out of the way including our ferry passage to France, our car lease for the continent and of course our plane tickets home.

We also took a bit of time to sort through all our belongings and put everything back in its proper place and jettison a few others. We have acquired a number of souveniers so we are always looking for ways of creating a bit more room. The rainy weather outside made it easier to buckle down to all these tasks. Fortunately, late in the afternoon, the sun did make its appearance and Muriel and I were able to take a short walk around the village. The fresh scent in the air was intoxicating. The village and the vegetation surrounding it take on an even more brilliant hue just after a spring rain. It is not hard to understand why many generations of the same families have continued to live in the Cotswolds, while many other city folk vie for the chance to buy property here. It may be time to get travelling soon or else we might run the risk of getting too caught up in this idyllic area and never leave.

Posted by KZFamily 08:43 Archived in England Tagged england cotswolds bledington

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If your packs are getting too full and you need to send some back home before you leave, feel free to ship them here. Anne may request you include a pair of Italian shoes, though.

by adrost

There are numerous poems written about England in the Spring like "Home Thoughts, From Abroad" by Browning:

Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
...

or "When Spring Comes Back To England" by Alfred Noyes:

When Spring comes back to England
And crowns her brows with May,
...

or even "Spring" by Shakespeare:

When daisies pied and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
...

And lots more.

by Jane1

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