Fresh air

A glorious day here today so we set off and headed a little way north and enjoyed lunch in a familiar old place which has had a facelift and is looking very lovely indeed.  Whilst in Chipping Campden we had another mission to accomplish - we finally decided on which new cutlery to buy and shopped locally for it.

This left us with no bun money* left for an additional purchase which we spotted on the way and which has appeared since we were last here. Never mind, we are happy where we are.

(*Paddington Bear fans will recognise the term)

 

After lunch, we headed for Bourton on the Hill, where we left the car and set off for a walk through the fields. 

 

Our walk took us in front of Sezincote, over several stiles and through some muddy gateways.  It's a surprising sort of country house, don't you think? 

 

 

We came across this sad abandoned sledge on the hill just beyond the house - the white spot in the distance is all that remains of the snow up here.

 

 

The views from up here were fantastic - looking over towards Oxfordshire.

 

 

We stopped to admire this newly laid hedge - such craftsmanship involved and at this time of the year, before the green shoots appear, the structure is clear to see.

 

 

Just before we arrived back at the car, we came across this tap, set in a stone wall with lettering above "Deo Gracias 1919"

 

 

Though looking at the mud we'd just waded through, I think that there was plenty of water there already, thank you!

 

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