Five Years in the Cotswolds

We arrived in England the first week of May in 2010. Last month we had our five year anniversary of living here. Five years!! My big dream was to spend five years in the Cotswolds. Dream accomplished.

Pauline on the Cotswold Way
Pauline on the Cotswold Way

When I was younger I dreamed of spending a year or two traveling. Steve and I traveled in the US for a year, then in Europe for a year. About a month after we got back from Europe, temporarily living in Canada while we figured out how to move to the US permanently, a friend asked me “so what’s your big dream now?” What? I just did it. Do we always have to be working on a big dream?

No big dream now, just a bunch of little ones. To do more walking and hiking, spend a month in France, travel to a few more places – Greece, Israel, Spain, see more of the United Kingdom. Oh, yeah, and I should bloody learn to speak French.

These five years were everything that I wanted. We have walked miles and miles in the Cotswolds. I love the English summer, and the other seasons are good too. We fell in love with Cornwall. We did two or three trips each year to the continent. We fell back in love with Italy. We went to Sicily!

It looks like we are staying in England. We are about to give a new area a try – south-west Dorset. Unfortunately it is not easy to find a nice house to rent in that area. We drove down to look at one but it was taken by the time we got there. We dithered over another one, and it was scooped up by someone else. So I check my email every day waiting to find a new home.

And the one piece of bad news about our life in England. My Facebook friends went through the whole drama with me (thank you). Our wonderful cat Buddy, who moved with us from Santa Fe, to Boulder, to the Cotswolds, and who loved it here, died in February at the age of 15. We both miss him. It is only because he is gone that we are planning to move. This house and garden was paradise for him.

But, back to the good things – Happy Anniversary us!!

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

6 thoughts on “Five Years in the Cotswolds”

  1. Happy anniversary! Joyous adventures behind you and so many more to go. Every crook in the road brings new things to see, smell, taste and live.

    Buddy was such a wonderful soul, his beauty certainly transcended any other cat we have met and the years of love he gave the two of you filled all of your lives.

    We wish you luck with this next chapter in the book of you are creating and keep on dreaming…..

  2. Hi Pauline & Steve, Happy Anniversary. I was sad to read about Buddy, he was a beautiful cat. I miss reading about him.

    It’s wonderful that you are able to live your dreams and your photo shows how much your life in England agrees with you. I want to thank you again for creating Slow Travel and now Slow Europe as they have allowed me to live my dreams. I’m very grateful.

    Here’s to new dreams ahead.

  3. Congrats on your 5 years in the Cotswolds! Five months that stretched into five years of living-your-dream. Inspiring! We think of Buddy often. Here in Santa Fe we have a thick aqua towel that once must have been Buddy’s. Every time we go out on day trips scouring the area for our next place to live, we use that towel to wrap some food in. And every time I unwrap it I notice little balls of Buddy hair and say hi to him and wish him well on his journeys. Here’s to all of us in our respective searches for home, and here’s to Buddy, who I bet is blissfully happy in his.

    1. I found one of those little balls of Buddy hair on a pair of socks yesterday. I know them well … his long, silky fur. We all need some extra luck on our home search now!

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