Friday, March 8, 2024

London, February 20

Tuesday was our first excursion out of London, a bus trip to the Cotswolds. I'll say it right now--if I could come back for a second life, I would live in the English countryside with its lush green fields dotted with sheep and charming little cottages. Heavenly. 

Our first stop was Burford.

Notice the very quilty tile on the floor of the church.

We spent some time walking the main street of town.

I took this photo for Charlotte, the book lover.
I also found a cute gift shop that had some fused glass, where I purchased a Christmas ornament. When I  mentioned that my husband also did fused glass, she said everything was made by her mother, who owned the shop.

Our next stop was Bibury, where we also had lunch at the beautiful Swan Hotel.

The rocks in this fence were laid vertically rather than horizontally because it kept the sheep from jumping over.
A swan drifted by the Swan Hotel.
This row of cottages is so iconic that they are the depicted on the inside cover of some British passports.

Very old tree.

Our third stop was Stow-on-the-Wold, where our destination was Porch House, a pub dating back to 947 AD! It was kind of mind boggling to be in an establishment that old. 

We arrived back in London early enough to have dinner at Mayfair Mercato, the former St. Mark's Church, now a food court. 

Our table was right next to this 

It was a great place to end the day.


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Anne / Springleaf Studios said... #

Beautiful photos of such quant little villages. I love the trees at the church entrance. That's the best. Not sure how I feel about a food court in a church but it makes for a beautiful space to eat.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said... #

947 AD? That is utterly mind boggling to me... I love the old tree and am really enjoying getting to live vicariously through you. :)

Arlene said... #

So are you going to make a quilt replicating that floor tile?

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said... #

Great photos of the English countryside. I can see some of the places I've read about in books. You seem to be having remarkably great weather for the time of year.