Walking to Minch

Minchinhampton, Cotswolds

The weather has been wonderful for over a week. There was a bit of rain last night, but before that our last rain was a week ago Monday in London. I don’t even bother bringing my rain jacket on hikes. But this changes tomorrow and I am ready for some rain. I am reading a great book: Sebastian Faulks “Engleby” (2007). I am knitting mittens – trying the knitting them flat pattern vs. knitting in … Continue reading Walking to Minch

A Spring Day in Winter

View on hike from Nympsfield to Uley Bury

Since Tuesday, our sunny day in London, the weather has been very good. Today it was like spring! If the weather was not as good, I would be getting more Cotswolder pages written, more posts to this blog, more photos uploaded. Instead we are having lazy mornings, then lovely afternoon hikes. Today everyone was out enjoying the countryside. We drove to Nympsfield, just a few miles away, and did a three hour hike through woods, … Continue reading A Spring Day in Winter

Some Days of Sun

January 24, the sun makes it to our hillside

Today was sunny. And today, at noon, the sun was on our cottage for about 30 minutes. The days are getting longer too. When we arrived at the beginning of January, it was pitch black by 5pm. Now we get an extra 30 minutes of daytime. The holiday cottage that we are in is on the outskirts of Nailsworth. The small town of Nailsworth is in a river valley, with the “downtown” area in the … Continue reading Some Days of Sun

A Few Days of Rain

Rainy Day

On Friday there was heavy rain and wind. We stayed in most of the day, just dashing out for a few minutes to pickup a few things at the shops in Nailsworth. Jonathan (SlowTravel moderator) and his wife Philippa came for dinner Friday night. You don’t expect to have dinner guests when you are traveling, so this was even more fun than usual. The cottage has a good oven and the locally grown vegetables that … Continue reading A Few Days of Rain

Snow in the Cotswolds!

Pauline on Minchinhampton Commons

On Friday we did the one hour drive to Oxford to take the train into London for a SlowTrav GTG. We could have taken the train from Stroud, just ten minutes away, but we wanted to try Oxford because there are more trains and from the website it looked like we could take express trains back even during rush hour. (I will write more about trains later – the system of prices is vastly confusing.) … Continue reading Snow in the Cotswolds!

We are here!

A short post to say that we arrived! The flight went well. We spent our first few days in Bath. We seemed to get over the jetlag quickly and had a good couple of days in Bath; we even went to the new Termae Spa and bathed in the natural hot springs. Friday we picked up the car and drove up to the cottage in Nailsworth. The cottage is lovely and the location is perfect … Continue reading We are here!