Tuscany – the Cotswolds of Italy

June 22, 2012 | admin


I have always thought that the Italian equivalent of the Cotswolds is Tuscany. It has the same beauty that is the product of a happy conjunction of man and nature, a landscape forged from centuries of history and of aesthetic values. I am able to make that direct comparison because I am in Tuscany now, […]

Church Fete – the best ever current buns!

June 15, 2012 | admin

church fete

The Cotswold Way is a national trail, which begins its one hundred mile route in Chipping Campden and completes it in Bath. On the way it passes through some of the most beautiful parts of the Cotswolds, especially between Campden and Painswick. After Painswick the villages are scarcer, the stone a shade greyer, the landscape […]

Pottering Around

June 6, 2012 | admin

In my quest to present the Cotswolds as a living place (with feelings) that does not just sit around looking pretty in the sunshine (though it does this very well when called upon), I went to a pottery. Now, have some patience. A pottery seems, to some, to fit into a similar category as that […]

A View From Abroad

May 28, 2012 | admin

I have just completed a week guiding four genial Americans on foot around the Cotswolds. It is always interesting to look afresh at the region through the eyes of people who are seeing it for the first time. May, anyway, is one of the best times to be here. Everything is green or in bud […]

The Cotswolds: A Fine Example of Ridge and Furrow

May 21, 2012 | admin

Ridge & Furrow

Much of the Cotswolds lie in the county of Gloucestershire, one of the counties where traces of the ridge and furrow farming system is much in evidence. When you see a field of grass and buttercups growing out of a corrugated surface, rippling, if the sun is at the right angle, in alternate strips of  […]

Cotswold Thatch or Cotswold Stone

May 15, 2012 | admin

When people think of a region like the Cotswolds, thatched roofs and roses around the door tend to come to mind. There are plenty of doors surrounded by flowers but very few thatched roofs. On the contrary, in the average Cotswold village, all the roofs will be made of the same material as the buildings […]

Rape Of The Countryside?

May 8, 2012 | admin

Cold and wet it might be, but time marches on and plants and crops are maturing. The countryside is either very green, as we expect, or very yellow, as we have come to expect. The yellow, of course, is the flower of the rapeseed plant, a comparatively recent arrival to English farmland, and, in some […]

A Trip to Leonard Stanley on Shakespeare’s Birthday

May 1, 2012 | admin

Last week I went to see Leonard Stanley – not as the name suggests, a comedian from the nineteen fifties, but a village in the Stroud valley, just south of Stonehouse, in the lee of the Cotswold escarpment. It is a village that you could easily pass through and think little of or, more likely, […]

A Swan Defends the Bridge

April 23, 2012 | admin

There are many beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. Some are famous, whilst others, equally deserving of admiration, remain more or less anonymous. Their comparative obscurity is their main attraction. Visitors are few because these places, being slightly out of the way, offer little except their essential vernacular beauty – there is nothing to buy, nothing […]

The Borderlands

April 16, 2012 | admin

The Cotswolds is a well-known name and eveyone knows that it refers to an area in the west of England famous for its pretty villages. What is more difficult is to define exactly where the area begins and ends. It is not as if it has a political or historical definition, like a county, or […]

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