Day two of our Cotswolds road trip took us to Bourton-on-the-Water, in the rural Cotswolds area of south central England. Straddling the River Windrush, it’s known for its low bridges and traditional stone houses.
We walked part of the Windrush path and visited the cute little model village of Bourton-on-the-Water.
You really feel like you are in the heart of England in Bourton-on-the-Water. It was a beautiful morning.
The Thames is one of the most iconic rivers in the world and the longest river entirely in England, the second longest in the UK. Its source is at Thames Head, near Kemble, in a meadow called Trewsbury Mead in the Cotswolds- marked by a headstone.
We made this the first stop in our whistle stop, two night tour of The Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.
We visited at a bit of an iconic moment for the river source. For the first time at least since 1976, apparently ,this source of the Thames has dried up.
Walking further long the Thames path we came to the Sapperton Canal Tunnel and one of five round houses on the Thames and Severn Canal- all former lengthsmen’s cottages built along the canal between Chalford and Lechdale and constructed in the 1790s when the canal was built.
Lengthsmen were responsible for lengths of towpath and, in the absence of a lock-keeper, for the locks. Other duties, included management of water levels, control of weirs, repair and maintenance of banks on their “length”, including cutting reeds and vegetation and treading puddle clay into sections of bank which were leaking or weak.
It was a lovely warm early autumnal afternoon. The hedges were full of berries, the trees bearing fruits nuts and leaves on the turn. A welcoming introduction to our first visit to The Cotswolds.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, And still more, later flowers for the bees, Until they think warm days will never cease, For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells …
“The thing about football the important thing about football – is that it is not just about football.” Terry Pratchett.
A hot Sunday afternoon in September saw a resounding 5-2 win to home team Brighton. Controversial VAR aside, it was uplifting to see old and young, singles and couples and loads of families all united in enjoying the beautiful game.
Went to see this today at the beautiful Garrick Theatre.
The remarkable story of The Drifters, one of the world’s greatest vocal groups, and the truth about the woman who made them. Featuring an unbelievable soundtrack packed full of show-stopping Drifters hits, including Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies, Stand By Me, Come On Over To My Place and Saturday Night At The Movies.
Eastbourne Airborne made a welcome comeback this year after being cancelled two years running due to Covid.
Airbourne celebrates 28 years of airshow excellence in 2022. Attracting huge crowds, Eastbourne’s International Airshow boasts a 2 mile flying display line along Eastbourne seafront.
Displays for 2022 included the RAF Red Arrows, RAF Typhoon and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
I am lucky enough to live in the town so catch this event every year. It’s an annual event which brings locals, day trippers and holiday makers into Eastbourne and a much welcomed lift to the economy and vibrancy of the town.