Two Churches on the River Windrush

Mitford graves at Swinbrook, England

The March photo on the Slow Europe Home Page, taken last summer in the Cotswolds (England), is a Norman doorway in the church in Windrush. The day I took that photo, we visited two villages with exceptional churches – Swinbrook and Windrush. Swinbrook Swinbrook, a small village on the River Windrush east of Burford, was made famous by the Mitford sisters who grew up in nearby Asthall in the early part of the 20th century … Continue reading Two Churches on the River Windrush

Touring the Cotswolds in Your Own Way

Naunton and farm fields, Cotswolds

My favorite part of the English countryside is the Cotswolds, an AONB (Area of Outstanding National Beauty) in the heart of England, two hours west of London, between the popular tourist destinations of Bath (to the south) and Stratford-upon-Avon (to the north). The Cotswolds has picture-perfect English countryside with gentle rolling hills, fields of crops, large wooded areas and valleys carved out by flowing rivers. Tucked away in these valleys are historic Cotswold villages, with golden Cotswold stone … Continue reading Touring the Cotswolds in Your Own Way

What is a Ha-ha?

Ha-ha at Greys Court - now you see it

What is a ha-ha? And is it funny? A “ha-ha” is a feature in English gardens that keeps the animals out of the garden, but does not look like an obvious wall or fence. It gives you an uninterupted view from the garden to the fields beyond. From one side you see the ha-ha, from the other side you don’t. You find them in gardens all over England but it is easy to miss them if … Continue reading What is a Ha-ha?

The Cotswolds in Travel + Leisure

Burford, Cotswolds

The September issue of Travel + Leisure has an article about the Cotswolds: Discovering England’s Cotswolds, by Alexandra Marshall. A photo from Winchcombe is on the front page of the magazine. “With its bucolic setting, stylish manor houses, and the influx of a new generation of Londoners (rocker turned cheesemaker?), the Cotswolds, one of England’s loveliest areas, is now also one of its most glamorous.” The article makes the Cotswolds seem like a luxury destination, which … Continue reading The Cotswolds in Travel + Leisure

Understanding the British History Timeline

I have not been posting to this blog lately because I have been busy writing the last major section for Cotswolder – Towns and Villages of the Cotswolds. I am having a lot of fun going through my old trip journals, dragging out the guidebooks and looking over maps to remember all the great things to see and do in the Cotswolds. A Cotswolds friend is helping by driving around and taking photos of all … Continue reading Understanding the British History Timeline