Weekend in the Cotswolds

Trip Start Apr 23, 2005
Trip End Mar 31, 2006

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Saturday, June 4, 2005

After the hectic weekend in Belfast, I was a bit worse for wear and coming down with a bad cold, so I spent the week inside and headed to the Cotsolds for the weekend to visit my mate Isi. She is working there and has, as part of her job, her own 3 bedroom cottage in a cool little village near Stow on the Wold. Sarah and Sean came down from Wakefield for the weekend as well. It's a perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend with heaps of walks and cool little places to see - Every house is made of stone and looks like they've been there a very long time. We visited a middle ages church which had been kept in great condition, even down to the markings in the stone bech out the front which were made by archers sharpening their arrows.

We paid a brief visit to an organic farm shop which is frequented by Prince Charlie himself. In fact the owners, who made their wealth from the JCB tractor empire, started the organic farm shop for the sole purpose of getting into Prince Charles social circle (or so the story goes....). As you might imagine, it was very expensive, but the whole area seems to have the money to sustain these sorts of places.

So relaxed, replenished and feeling a lot better, I headed down to Ebbw Vale in the Valleys in Wales where my sister has just bought a house, before heading to Chamonix in the French Alps for 2 weeks of climbing, biking and general being really fit and healthy with my sister Mary, her fiance Steve and friends Woollie and Scotty.
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