I have a lot more time to spend at the computer now that we don’t have to spend the day getting ready for a hike, doing a hike, recovering from a hike, planning the next day’s hike.
Plus we have about 1 1/2 hours more daylight now than when we arrived. In early January it was dark by 5pm, now it is light until after 6pm. Today was beautiful and sunny, so I took photos of the plants blooming in the garden. [link to photo gallery of garden and neighbor’s cat removed – I am not sure where these photos ended up]
We did our last visit (for this trip) to Cirencester and saw something we had never noticed before. Some of the older houses, at the end of Black Jack Street on the way to Cecily Hill and Cirencester Park, have built-in boot scrapers by the front door.
Isn’t that interesting? We see lots of boot scrapers by the entrances to houses, pubs and churches, but have never noticed this style before. Usually they are attached to the sidewalk or ground just beside the door. These ones were designed into the building (or added later by removing a stone?).
You need boot scrapers here. It is surprising just how much mud attaches itself to your shoes. I think our hiking boots may never get clean again.