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A short break to the Cotswolds

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Last week we went on a Monday to Friday coach tour,staying just outside Gloucester.One of the day trips was to Gloucester and Cheltenham,and a half day to Bourton on the water.The weather was kind to us,fine and mild.Sadly,we were unable to walk anywhere on our free day,as our hotel,although very nice,was situated on the busy A38,between Gloucester and Bristol,and the only public transport was a mini bus,which only passed the hotel every two hours,and went as far as…Gloucester !,so we visited twice…At least we had plenty of time to have a good look around the lovely Cathedral in our own time.We were surprised at the size of it,and there was so much to see.

These blue stained glass windows were stunning,especially as the sun was shining through them.

These pics were some of the modern sculptures placed at various points in the Cathedral…very different,but I wasn’t sure whether I liked them or not..maybe it was just the setting that I found strange,but they were very well done..


I think I preferred these outside in the grounds


We are now in Bourton on the Water..a pretty village,and we had plenty of time to see everything.The trees were lovely beside the river.


This was a lovely building,called The Vinery,for obvious reasons,and is now used as aSolicitors office..


This was a fun idea for advertising the Car museum..and the interior looked very healthy…


On the whole,we had a nice time,but we were only 17 miles from Westonbirt Arboretum,and even nearer to the Slimbridge Wetland centre…so frustrating,as no means of getting there,unless we had been prepared to spend a fortune on taxi’s,which we weren’t.We kept hearing private guests at the Hotel,who had come by car,raving about them both…:o((.We will definitely visit the area again at some point,but go by car next time…but we still had a good time,and it was nice to see a small part of this lovely area…

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Lovely pics Bloomer, what a shame you weren't able to get about as much as you wanted.........great that you had a good time anyway :o)

10 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Neellan,we will get to those places one day,thats for sure..and something to look forward to..this time of year is the best,with the colours of the trees,and migrating birds..so maybe same time next year :o))

10 Nov, 2010

 

Beautiful stained glass windows ... not sure about the sculptures either ...love the car advertising the museum ... a very novel idea! Sorry you weren't able to visit some places ... you're tied to the itinerary on a coach trip aren't you? Still ... a nice short break from routine for you both. : o ))

10 Nov, 2010

 

A sound idea Bloomer, I loved your photo of the intricate ceiling.....beautiful :o)

10 Nov, 2010

 

Glad you enjoyed it Bloomer, Bourton is a pretty place isnt it.

10 Nov, 2010

 

Gloucester Cathedral is one of my favourites - all due to that tracery in the roof, and the cloisters. How lovely to see your photos!

I really like the Cotswolds - of course you'd need to be a millionaire to live there, wouldn't you! The colour of the stone is so beautifully mellow.

Shame about Westonbirt...sorry you didn't get there. :-(

10 Nov, 2010

 

The cathedral looks really lovely, that window and those arches are awesome, don`t like many modern Sculptures and to me they seem out of place. I have been to Bourton and remember really liking it.
Pleased you enjoyed it, even tho you could not explore far, that gives you an excuse to go again.......

10 Nov, 2010

 

I personally love the tortoise sculpture and wouldn't mind having it in my garden!
And the cathedral is spectacular too; we don't have those here!

11 Nov, 2010

 

I do hope you are able to get back again and visit the places that appealed but were out of reach on your coach trip.

On my first trip to the UK in 1973 we made a point of going to Stow on the Wold as I'd been enchanted with the place after reading a book about it. I wasn't disappointed. The Cotswolds have beautiful stone buildings, don't they? The cathedral ceiling was glorious.

I didn't think the modern sculptures did anything to enhance the cathedral though...although I suppose it is to encourage new craftsmen.

Enjoyed your blog and photos.

11 Nov, 2010

 

Pitty you were not able to get about much, but I'm pleased you enjoyed.

11 Nov, 2010

 

beautiful pictures ~ you need to plan a second trip ~ we stayed in an old mill cottage in fairford for my birthday ~ it was lovely ~ saw a kingfisher from the bedroom window. some nice walks near the cotswolds water park too

11 Nov, 2010

 

Pleased you enjoyed your coach trip holiday i go on quite a few of them and enjoy them all, loved the cathederal .

11 Nov, 2010

 

Shirley,..I agree about the sculptures,they just didn't make sense to me..but what do I know about art !!,and I agree about the coach,but it isn't the company we usually go with,but it was a bargain deal at last minute,so we did ok,and Russ didn't have to drive..but like you say,you are limited as to where you can go..especially with public transport in the area..even from Gloucester,it was very limited,as we checked it out.5 days isn't long,as 2 days are spent travelling.
Neellan,..we loved the ceiling as well,what skills they had ,to do that.
Cinders....Bourton is very pretty,and much more to see than we thought...
Spritz..glad you enjoyed it,and nice to know its a favourite place of yours..I can see why.Certain aspects reminded us of our visit to Fountain's Abbey recently.We will definitely go by car,if we are lucky enough to visit Westonbirt..no other way really..
Thanks Lincslass..it is awsome,a good description..I am not really a religious person,but I so enjoy seeing the wonderful architecture and the skills by all the people involved in creating them,and it always makes me think how it must have been for them..so more of a Humanist really.
Lauram..so pleased you liked the tortoise too,I preferred these to the ones inside as well.We are so lucky to have all these wonderful buildings here.:o)
Wlass..yes,it is beautiful mellow stone in the area.We visited Stow on the Wold a long time ago too,bit can't remember much about it..so another good reason to revisit...we all seem to think the same about the modern sculptures,so I'm not the odd one out..:o)
Thanks Hywel,we were a bit restricted.We wanted to visit the village of Berkeley on our day off,as the Hotel was in that area,only a short walk away,but we would have been taking our lives in our hands,as there are no footpaths at all on the A38,although there were signs thay there had been at some time,but all overgrown...Staff at the hotel were amazed that quite a lot of us liked to walk.!!
Thanks Sticki,I will bear that in mind,it sound lovely.What a nice birthday for you.I will google Fairford.You aren't that far away are you?.Have you ever visited Webb's of Wychbold garden centre? i realise Worcestshire is a big county,but you may have been.We called for a nice long stopover there on the way home..lovely place.

11 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Clarice,we do too,but first time we had been there..
Glad you liked it there too..:o)

11 Nov, 2010

 

lovely part to visit bloomer, one of our daughters lives there, well she is in Cirencester, shame about the hotel being on that busy road but it looks like you had a good time,

11 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Yorkshire.A lovely area for your daughter to live..but then,so is ours.Lol..Its always good to visit all the nice places we have in Britain..:o))

11 Nov, 2010

 

Thank you for sharing your photos of your trip Bloomer, you certainly visited some lovely places. The cathedral is very beautiful but like you I`m not sure about the modern sculptures. The rest of it is lovely and I`d love to visit there one day. :o)

11 Nov, 2010

 

webbs of wychbold is on my way home from work ~ only about ten minutes away from here! it is a huge GC now, i like a little wander round, for inspiration and for a few plants of course ~ there is a hobby craft there too which i like. it was a lovely birthday, thank you ~ most especially cos both my sons were able to join us. if you want any information about the mill i can send it in a PM, could also recommend a very nice restaurant nearby. while we were in fairford we saw sharon davies ~ the olympic swimmer ~ just walking through; its only a village really ~ but it also features [in a small way] in the film 'greenfingers'.

11 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely Cathedral, great pics too Bloomer, I personally don't like the sculptures, do they have a place in a cathedral?? Maybe they have a hidden meaning! Now
B-o-W is a pretty place to visit those trees are a picture. Glad you enjoyed your break, although it's always nice to come home isn't it?

11 Nov, 2010

 

i think the sculptures are a special exhibition ~ for a short while?

11 Nov, 2010

 

thanks Sandra..we spent a lot of time in the Cathedral,as there are so many things to see...and they have a lovely cafe
too..all the food seemed to be home made.The 'special'of the day was called Pilgrims pie..and the day after,they were making Monks pie..no idea what was in them,but they must be good,as it was very busy..you must visit one day Sandra...
Fancy that Sticki...we were so near to each other..Lol.It would be nice if you sent me a PM,I would like to see a bit more about the area.If the film'Greenfingers' is the one about the prisoners making a garden,one of the characters in it,is the owner of our excellent 'chippy'.his name is Adam Fogarty,and he was the really big guy in it..seeing as he is an ex rugby player of St Helens,he would be,Lol and he is a very good friend of our Daughters partner,and his family...
I can't recall the name of the character he played,but it was a good film...thats if I am on the right track,of course..
Grandmage...I think it is what Sticki says,probably just a temporary exhibition,but it just didn't seem to fit in,to me anyway,especially as I wanted to take some more pictures inside,but they just spoilt the view,so I didn't bother...There were lots of others taking pics of them,so obviously well liked by lovers of modern art..

11 Nov, 2010

 

yes thats the film ~ i only found it recently ~ in the aforementioned GC!! it is sad but also has a good moral story to it ~ i really liked it ~ even better that its based on a true story ~ im fascinated that you know the actor.
the art exhibition at gloucester caused quite a fuss locally ~ not all positive!!

11 Nov, 2010

 

i have sent you a PM

11 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely pictures of the Cathedral Sandra I loved that beautiful Stained Glass window and the ceilings are amazing, not to keen on the modern sculptures they detract form the wonderful workmanship of the Cathedral. What a shame you were unable to see more of the Coltswolds, thats one of the drawback of coach trips you dont have control over what you would like to see! we went a few years ago and stayed in Kenilworth , it was a coach trip but we did see lots of different places. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your break and it has given you a taster for when you go again under your own steam ;0)

11 Nov, 2010

 

Its a very small world,as they say..and getting it from that GC too !! Adam and his partner have just become parents to a little girl,they already have a small boy.so he will be leading a busy life at the moment...
It wasn't just me then,that wasn't impressed with the Exhibition...and thanks for your PM,will reply soon..thank you Sticki..

11 Nov, 2010

 

you're welcome. really nice to know about the actor in the chip shop ~ just adds to the story ~ thanks

11 Nov, 2010

 

Hi Carole,sent you an email earlier..I think we would be ok if we went on a full week coach tour,and stayed at a different place...which gave us a bit more scope..it was still nice to have a few days,.and hotel was good,There were only 19 of us on the coach,and the driver suggested taking us to Bath and Cheddar Gorge on the free day,as he had never been to this place before either,so he was also stuck.Everyone agreed..till he said it would be an extra cost...then 11 dropped out..!!so it wasn't viable for him to take the coach ,and the company wouldn't let him..just wouldn't have covered the cost of fuel and parking..can you believe it?Don't know what they did all day at the hotel..!!

11 Nov, 2010

 

lovely blog sandra and great pictures, glad you enjoyed it, looks a lovely place to visit :o))

11 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Sanbaz,it was a nice break...its lovely to be able to go whenever we want now :o))

11 Nov, 2010

 

yes that must be nice sandra, mind you i dont want to go anywhere with the weather at the moment :o(

11 Nov, 2010

 

it feels as if im on a stormy sea with the sails up on my boat here ~ wind is blowing through very tall trees!

11 Nov, 2010

 

Me neither Sanbaz,glad we are at home ,we were very lucky last week...The wind is very strong here too,Sticki.I think most of us are getting it...

11 Nov, 2010

 

It's whistling around here too....no big trees though, thankfully.

11 Nov, 2010

 

im not sure how tall ~ hope they dont arrive in the kitchen, sometimes their branches fall off! they are about 3 times the height of the house and they are only about 30 feet from the house?!

11 Nov, 2010

 

yikes! I hope they have a good set of roots and stay in the ground, Sticki! No fallen branches either!

11 Nov, 2010

 

very scary ~ i remember getting OH to check small print on insurance as soon as we moved here!

11 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely pics Bloomer. I too am not religious, but am always awestruck in such beautiful, quiet , places of worship, they have a certain quality. It is this quality which makes the sculptures so out of place I think. I know BOW as I've been there a few times, very pretty:-)

15 Nov, 2010

 

Just how I feel Ba,glad you enjoyed them...:o))

15 Nov, 2010

amy
Amy
 

I loved the stain glass windows in the Cathedral Sandra , It has made me want to stop there when we have more time , and B-O-W... looks as pretty as ever ... we are going down to the Cotswolds on Wednesday for a few days to visit our Granddaughter she lives in a pretty village just outside Cirencester ... I'm sorry you didn't have more time to do the things you would have liked to do ,that was a shame ... !

15 Nov, 2010

 

i double checked about that 'art exhibition' with OH who is a gloucester rugby supporter and visits regularly ~ it is a temporary exhibition.

15 Nov, 2010

 

Hope you have a lovely time Amy,it will be lovely to visit your Granddaughter..hope the weather is kind to you..its been another lovely day here,but cold....very pleasant.:o)

16 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks for the info,Sticki..I thought it may be..hope the next one is more to most peoples taste..:o)

16 Nov, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Sandra .. I'm packed and ready , :o))

16 Nov, 2010

 

Lovely photos Bloomer, I've never visited there, magnificent blue stained glass windows, very interesting place to visit. Thank you for sharing your photos with us.

17 Nov, 2010

 

Pleased you enjoyed them Doctorbob...maybe you will visit sometime...I can recommend the area.:o)

17 Nov, 2010

 

Love the Cotswolds, Bourton etc. Avebury is my favourite place in the area and Bath of course...but the whole area from Gloucester to Swindon and Marlborough and South to Bristol...all around there is lovely! Never been in Gloucester or seen the Cathedral, and it looks amazing! Thanks for posting Bloomer, hope you get to go again and visit some more places, including Westonbirt!

18 Nov, 2010

 

Just noticed Bloomer...in view of your recent accident, this title seems almost prophetic, just out by a short time:-(

20 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks Karen..Hope you get chance to visit Gloucester Cathedral..you need plenty of time,so much to see..

20 Nov, 2010

 

At last..I wondered who would be the first to notice Ba..Go to the top of the class for that.Lol.

20 Nov, 2010

 

I'll be very careful in future about blog titles lol........spooky:-)

21 Nov, 2010

 

I agree Ba..spooky...and will to give it some thought,brfore I tempt fate..:o))

21 Nov, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Sandra , you will be pleased to hear that we made it to Gloucester Cathedral on our trip to Cirencester in the Cotswolds this last week , we even made it to the door on Friday but the bad news was that they wouldn't let us in !! :o( it was closed for the day due to a University Graduation Ceremony , I was so disappointed , we will try to make it another time , we had a good day in Bath .. :o)

22 Nov, 2010

 

Oh dear Amy,that was a shame...I bet you were disappointed.I wish I had mentioned now,that there was a lovely little museum,on the other side of the road,a little further down..free,with 3 floors of all things of bygone times,including a school room,complete with teacher.I think you would have enjoyed that.There was a party of young children there on a visit,and they were given mob caps to wear..they looked cute ..and a bit nervous,when they saw how stern the teacher was...Maybe you could pay a visit there too,next time.We were in there for ages,as so much to see,and so deceiving,as it only looked like a small shop really..Glad you enjoyed Bath though,somewhere we want to visit too...

22 Nov, 2010

amy
Amy
 

What a shame we missed the museum as well Sandra .. we shall have a lot of catching up to do next time we go that way ...
BTW I didn't like the attitude of the attendant who stopped us at the door , she said in a not very friendly way " you should have checked Google before you came " how could you do that when you are away from home ?

23 Nov, 2010

 

I've just found your blog Bloomer. What a beautiful Cathedral. I agree with you about the modern sculptures inside...Not sure I like them either....They just don't fit with the age of the church. That blue stained glass window is gorgeous though.
I love, love, love the giant tortoise sculture in the grounds. He looks very lifelike.
I also think the mini garden is fantastic...Someone had a great idea there. :o)

23 Nov, 2010

 

That was rude of her,Amy...you should have said 'I will google you in a minute' Lol..not that I would have ,or you either Amy,but it would have been what I was thinking!:o)
So much for customer service...

23 Nov, 2010

 

I'm glad you liked it Gilli.I loved the tortoise too.I thought the car was novel as well.It will look great when it all grows to shape...very unusual Topiary..:o)

23 Nov, 2010

 

Just catching up with a few old blogs, know the area very well glad you enjoyed your trip to the Cotswolds, shame you did not get to see all the other sights still you can always make it next time.....great pics.

6 Jan, 2011

 

Thanks,Dd,it does take time to catch up on everything now,doesn't it? I miss quite a lot too...

7 Jan, 2011

 

Your welcome.....✰

9 Jan, 2011

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