Happy Birthday, Wendy!
Thursday September 20
After another “hearty breakfast this morning at ‘Number Four at Stow’, we spent some time in the hotel making use of their wireless internet access before we headed out to find a local laundry. The reality of travel and living out of suitcases hits home now and then and we have to hunt for a laundry. We asked at the hotel and found that the nearest was in the nearby village of Bourton-on-the-Water; a very popular tourist village in the Cotswolds.
We drove to Bourton, found the launderette, parked for a couple of minutes, loaded a wash and then drove to a public parking lot at the opposite end of the village. We walked back along the main street of the village arriving back at the laundrette in time to place the washing in a drier. After the drying was done, we walked back through the village to the car, checking out a few of the shops en route. Bourton is a lovely village that we have visited many times. In addition to a lovely stream that meanders through the centre of the shopping area, there is a ‘model village’ (a miniature replica of the village) in the garden of a pub in the centre of town. (We did not visit he model village this time, but if you ever travel to Bourton, you really ought to see it.)
We left Bourton and drove towards a National Trust garden at Buscot Park for a walk and an afternoon tea. The park has been around for a few hundred years; the original house was built between 1780 and 1783 and was purchased by Alexander Henderson (a financier who was given the title 1st Lord Faringdon in 1916). The property is still the family home of the current Lord Faringdon and the family together with other trustees look after the property on behalf of the National Trust, and is well known for its Italianate water garden. We were equally impressed by the walled garden and the variety and enormous size of some of the trees in the grounds.
One surprise at Buscot Park was a group of full sized terra cotta warrior replicas that we came across in the garden! It was almost a year to the day that we saw the real thing in Xian, China! We had a very pleasant walk in the garden and though it threatened rain, it stayed dry for us all day.
Later in the afternoon we drove on towards Newbury and found ourselves a hotel for the night near Thatcham (near Reading).
50 Last night’s stay... Number Four at Stow – highly recommended
61 Heather in Bourton-on-the-Water on our way to find a laundry
64 Gary hard at work at the laundry
169 Inside the walled garden entrance at Buscot Park
66 A view of Buscot House
75 Heather and a replica ‘Archer’ reminiscent of our visit to Xian last October
56 Gary standing among the Terra Cotta warrior replicas
869 A perennial border showing autumn colour
84 A departing view of Buscot House