Saturday, 7 May 2016

A sunny day out in the Cotswolds

The recent gorgeous weather called for a trip to the Cotswolds to see my mum. Big Girl was at school, but Little Boy had a day off from nursery, so the three of us hopped in the car and went out for lunch. I just had to stop to take this photo - Cotswold stone wall, field of sunny yellow rape, and a brilliant blue sky with a splash of fluffy white clouds. It's good to be back amongst the English countryside. 

We stopped in Moreton-in-Marsh at the Cotswold Food Store. Set in three acres with beautiful views, you can eat in the cafe or outside on the deck, and dogs are welcome too if they behave themselves. 

They support local producers wherever possible both in the shop and the cafe, and serve homemade cakes and soup and Cotswold coffee. All the food in the shop is seasonal, and they sell fresh fruit, veg, and bread as well as cheeses, pates and award winning pies and pastries. It's not cheap there, but then what is in the Cotswolds?

The cafe was very pleasant, with Cotswold stone walls and a log burner for the colder months. I could have taken several of the animal prints on the wall home with me, but they were a bit beyond my budget. For lunch we had a bacon bap and a Brie and cranberry baguette. Both came with a mixed salad with a blackberry dressing. Problem is, it was that yummy I was half way through it before I remembered I hadn't taken a photo! 😊

The day however didn't have a happy ending. I got home and realised I hadn't opened the door and window in the conservatory, where I am growing on my seedlings. It was absolutely baking in there. Some may be salvageable, but others were burnt to a crisp. I'm so cross, as I spent ages pricking out and potting them all on. 

There was only one thing to do, bring them all into the shade of the kitchen and give them a thoroughly good soaking. And whilst I was there I thought I ought to have a drink too. Well, with strawberries and cucumber in the fridge, and fresh mint in the garden, it just screamed 'Pimms time!!'. You can tell I don't drink anymore though, as after only half a glass I was feeling a bit squiffy 😊

Guess I need a bit more practise. And I need to use the lemonade up or it will go flat won't it? Maybe I should have another small one tomorrow...


  1. Beautiful Cotswold countryside and that farm shop looks well worth a visit. Shame about your seedlings; I hope most of them recovered. You've just reminded me that we have a bottle of Pimms lurking somewhere; I must dig it out for the next sunny day. Have a fun weekend. xx

  2. I love the look of the Cotswold farm shop and cafe, definitely my kind of place. What a lovely area your Mum lives in, I love the Cotswold countryside. What a shame abiut your seedlings, I hope you have managed to rescue some. xx