Thursday, September 23, 2010

Trip to England

We're back from our trip to England and finally awake enough to write a Blog.  We had a great time.  Our first trip to England was in 1973 and for our first few trips we stayed mainly in London, then we started renting cars, Mac,bless his heart, was willing to drive on the left-hand side of the road, so we began exploring England.  We've been as far north as Hadrian's Wall, and spent a wet day or two in  Scotland and as far south as the tip of Cornwall.  Beginning in the mid-90's we began renting cottages and staying for longer periods of time--we were living in southern California and England became our civility break.  We bought walk books and took many walks, getting lost about 1/2 the time and loving it.  So when we get back from England now and friends ask to see our pictures I always warn them, there'll be no pictures of London, it wears us out and we don't go there any more, no pictures of castles, been there,  done that, what there will be is pictures of the beautiful English country side and plates of delicious English food and gardens.
So with that in mind I'll show you the cottage we stayed in.  It was the Garden Cottage at Stillbrook Manor in Black Bourton in Oxfordshire.  It was beautiful, tiny, but beautiful, set in the gardens of the Manor.  Nikki, the owner, worked tirelessly there, and our cottage was full of her jams and scented brews.

Tomorrow I'll take you on some walks.


  1. If ever I went to England, I would do as you have done--country places, small cottage stays and a chance to tramp around the countryside.
    I look forward to more photos.

  2. What a lovely setting for your holiday. I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of your trip.

  3. Welcome back. Glad you had a great time. That cottage looks gorgeous. More photos please.

  4. It looks lovely - and so very English! We have walked the Cotswold Way which is just to the north of where you stayed near a place called Moreton-in-Marsh. A lovely part of the world. Your photos are very good and capture that quintessential 'thing' that is England! Looking forward to your next batch.

  5. I missed you....and I know I'm going to love to hear all of the stories and see the pictures!

  6. Hello - thanks for visiting and giving me some sympathy! Your photos look lovely. We love the Cotswolds and Oxfordshire too, even though they're England and not Scotland.

    I like the idea of your dentist, Mr Chew. I once had an oriental dentist too, and he was called Mr Ow. Again, I don't know how he spelt it (he was only a locum) but I feel it's such an appropriate name...


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