Cotswold Blogging

Summer, in England, 2008. The bumble bees are rolling past me like miniature bombers, flying between the trailing rose climbing the wall and the small rose bushes alongside the brook on my right. The shade from the patio table umbrella allows me to make out the characters on the screen as I type, whilst not stopping me from catching the rays of an English summer myself. A private helicopter beats lazily several hundred feet above the thatched roof of our cottage and then silence returns, with only the buzzing of the bees to keep me company.

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So to let you all catch up. Friday evening Laura and I had dinner out at The Granville in Barford. The food was great, and they had a couple of local real ales on tap, which meant we could both enjoy some real beer!

Beer Tasting

Beer Tasting

Later that evening I caught up with Kev and his brother the groom to be, and we went to The Plough in Stretton(Warwickshire Pub of the Year 2008 ) for a few pints more. Again the ale was real (I enjoyed a good pint of Wye Valley Brewery’s Dorothy Goodbody Golden Ale) and we spent several hours sat outside in the growing darkness sharing stories and celebrating the final night of Pete’s bachelorhood.

Saturday as you saw from the post below was the wedding itself, and there will be many photographs uploaded when time allows.

Sunday saw us relaxing after a hectic day of partying, recovering with cups of tea and chats around the kitchen table up at Idlicote. That is on of the things I most miss in America, the gentle ease and sense of family sat around that kitchen table as we chat and natter on about life, the universe, and everything. Then dinner was at The Bell in Alderminster, which had been heavily refurbished since our last visit their many years ago. The food was very good, and although we only saw the one member of staff the whole time we were there he kept us well stocked with food and beer (Wychwood Brewery’s Wychcraft being my beverage of the evening). After that we returned back to a friends house for a late night session of “Rock Band” on his Xbox360… we might be on holiday, but the pull of video games is too great sometimes!

Now….. well now we are enjoying the sunshine in the garden, waiting for the phone to ring so that we can go and meet up with Chris and Andie (who’s wedding we attended earlier this year) for an afternoon of strolling the Cotswold hills, followed by dinner somewhere with more real ale!


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