Tuesday 27 April 2021

Broadway and Saintbury

We like visiting the Cotswolds, and since the Stratford Gallery has relocated to Broadwat, it's an added incentive to visit the village. Now that lockdown restrictions have been partly eased, it's good to venture beyond our town and the local walks.

We parked near the central square and started exploring

The shops were open, but I was disappointed to see that Broadway Modern, the art gallery, had closed down.

Everything in this village is so neat and tidy, and just so.

The Cotswold honey-coloured stone is what gives these villages their unique character

it positively glows

Everything is enhanced by the blossom that is everywhere

This is the local deli, which is absolutely wonderful. Don't ask about the car in the window....

They have a traffic light system for going into the shop to facilitate social distance

One of the few detached properties in the village

We couldn't decide if it was warm enough to sit somewhere for lunch so we sat here on a bench for a while to test the situation. We decided we would get too cold sitting outside for any length of time

so we walked back to the car park and made our way home to have lunch there.

A few miles out of Broadway, I commented, as I always do,  on how much I like the spire of a church we see in the distance. This time, we decided to investigate, so turned left, drove up this hill and stopped to have a look

at St Nicholas of Saintbury.

The chuch was built in the 13th century. Some aspects of it though, including the south door provide evidence of an earlier church on the site. The limestone building has stone slate roofs.

The spire above the tower can be seen for miles but the reverse is also true - the views of the Cotswold countryside surrounding the church were breathtaking

unfortunately the church was closed, but we walked around the grounds

some of the graves were very old, like the church itself.

And then, it was time to head off back home.

Saturday 24 April 2021

The Farm

We go to The Farm once a month to buy sustainable meat. But, there's lots more on sale there:  a fishmongers, lots of vegetables and fruit, a deli counter, a bakery

 and a cafe. 

This time we decided to explore the grounds. Lots of groups were having socially-distanced picnics

The outdoor seating area for the cafe, which includes a playground for the kids, was busy

The vegetable garden

the pig pen


dad, plus two little ones inside

the tunnel where they grow vegetables

We then moved on to have a look at the Jersey goats

which are magnificent - look at that beard

We knew about this path that leads to Stratford so we decided to explore

good views from here as it's on a rise

an apple orchard

a field full of dandelions

through the stile and on this narrow path

with the dandelions on our right

a farmhouse in the distance

zooming in

we continued on our way

and arrived at the Stratford golf club

two paths here: we did not know which one would lead to Stratford, so we took the one on the left

lots of blossom - it's that time of year

a pond

quite a few people playing golf

The small stream

and further down, a rounded bridge

We had come to the end of this walk. We obviously should have taken the other path in order to get to Stratford. We'll know for next time. But, now it was time to head back. We passed the farmhouse again,

past the cows we had seen earlier,

and we were back at The Farm. We stopped to have a look at the chickens, and then headed for the car, and home.