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the Ten Mile project

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On this last day of 2015

I had this inexplicable desire, on this last day of 2015, to visit the stone henge next door. In our neighbouring village of Stanton Harcourt is an ancient stone henge I’ve written about before right here. On this last day of 2015, it seemed…

December 31, 2015
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The Great Coxwell Barn

Last week, my friend Elaine said she would kidnap me for a couple hours to take me somewhere special. That somewhere special turned out to be this amazing place…and, right within my ten mile radius of West Cottage, so happily fit into my Ten…

August 13, 2015

The Druids next door

“There is stillness, the stones hold us. Still.” (Druid saying recorded by Romans) In the next door village of Stanton Harcourt is a stone henge. The village is named for it: from Stan (farm) + tun (beside the rocks). It’s a little known Neolithic…

August 25, 2014
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Walked down to the village…it rained…we didn’t care

This morning Robert said, “what’s that strange light?” It was the sun! So despite the gale blowing outside, we decided to go for a walk down to the village to see our Knight Templar and his Lady in the church. West Cottage is on…

January 6, 2014
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A late afternoon walk and a happy birthday wish

This has been a wonderfully lazy day. We read about the queues waiting to get into London or Oxford stores for the Boxing Day sales and we laughed about it all. There’s no way, that’s not our style. We went for a walk instead.…

December 26, 2013

A silver morning in the meadow

Ran out yesterday morning before tea! I know, unheard of…but then look at what I found. The meadow, fields, pines and hedgerows have been touched by Jack Frost. Everything has taken on a lovely, spiky malevolence. I love it. I do! 🙂…

December 13, 2012

Come see one of my most favorite places. The Burford Garden Centre

It’s a garden centre, a cafe with the yummiest lunches, a gourmet foods shop, a home decorating centre, a children’s fantasy shop, a speciality book store and an antiques shop all in one. If you’re an avid plants woman/man, want a lovely place for…

September 2, 2012

More ten mile project fun…Minster Lovell Hall

Just down from Burford, on the beautiful Windrush river, on the edge of Wychwood forest is this incredible 15th C relic. I love it here. It was a great, grand hall and the main residence of the Lovell family, (isn’t that a lovely name…Lovell).…

August 25, 2012

Within the ten miles…Burford!

You gotta love Burford, the ideal Cotswold town. Burh = fortified town and Ford = river crossing. Could there be any other town where Uther Pendragon, King Arthur’s father, gave a golden dragon as a standard? Bet it was a real dragon, bet it…

August 24, 2012