Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Guiting Power and New Friends

Are you ready to walk some more? After my exceedingly good lunch I continued on my way. I had to walk along this stream for a ways and it was a really lovely place to walk...



...and LIVE! Look at this gorgeous cottage right on the stream...lucky sods...


I had to content myself with the luxury of walking in such beautiful surroundings...it was tough...
...but I survived...

 I was taking a wee detour before leaving Naunton - I wanted to see the church...


 ...and I needed a little visit with the local sheep :) ... doesn't it look like he/she is smiling at me?

...well, chewing his/her cud would be closer to the truth!


 After a little climbing I reached the churchyard...

 Some kinds of cedar trees grow to magnificent proportions...here's an example...
 Isn't it huge?!?

I love the shiny golden rooster that sits on top of most churches...

 ...and of course GARGOYLES...my favourite!   Veddy scary!


 EEEEEEEEEEEK!!
AWWWWWWWWKKK!!!


 The walls are about 2 feet thick!
 And off I go again!

It doesn't take long to leave a village...


 ...and once again be out in the country...


 But of course I have to remember to LOOK BACK!! Goodbye Naunton!!


 What's this?

Ohhh, it's a SIGN :) Good thing I didn't miss it! Can you see in the photo above the very paint line of the path heading towards that clump of trees?  That's where I'm headed!

 And lucky me, this is the view when I get there!

This field path was a bit more visible.


And that must be Guiting Power up ahead!
 Getting closer...

 The perfect Scotch thistle!


 Almost there...


 The owners of the next B&B had asked that we not arrive until 4pm. Not the easiest thing to manage when you're walking from village to village.  So, since I was early, I hung out in the churchyard for a little while...


Doing what I do best - taking photos! Oh, and inside the church there were used books for sale so I bought two) - I'll have fun stuffing them in my suitcase in the morning :[


 I also found a cafe in this tiny village and enjoyed TWO pots of tea and discovered a wonderful treat called Flapjacks which are not pancakes but more like an oat scone and so delicious. And they had wifi!! I was able to have a conversation with my friend Jules, back in London, ON.


 Finally it was time to go to the B&B but I had a short wait while other guests (other walkers!) were shown to their rooms. So I amused myself in the garden...taking photos...




And ta da! My room! It was quite nice - the place was called Guiting Power Guest House and it was right across the street from the pub - YAY!


This was the B&B with the dodgy toilet. After I used it it wouldn't flush! I tried and tried and tried some more - even took the lid off and monkeyed around with the innards to no avail.
Finally, when I was going to go to have supper at the pub I told the owner about the problem...his reply - "are you sure?" Sigh...I only tried about 100 times!! Anyhoo he was able to sort it out while I was gone thankfully.

  The flowers were a nice touch!


 I could not believe the CHOICE at this pub of things to eat - inside there was a whole wall of blackboard covered in offerings - I had a heck of a time making a choice - but settled on...


 ...piri piri chicken - it was a HALF of a chicken!!  I was stuffed! Of course I had a pint of the local, and then another pint! :) The other folks who were staying at the guest house came in for dinner too so we all sat together and got to know each other. They thought I was so brave! Especially one of the older women, probably in her 60's, said she envied me being able to go at my own pace and do my own thing. We were to meet up several more times for meals together over the next few days and had a lot of laughs.

It rained a little during the night and was still sprinkling while we ate breakfast by the fire. We had the most delicious omelettes!

Once outside and on my way it had stopped raining but the path was wet. No matter. With my most excellent hiking boots I had no issues.

Off to Winchcombe!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cows??

I caught some flak last week on facebook when I referred to a cow as "him".  So today I am posting some cow/steer/bull etc pics because there were a lot of "he cows" around though I guess officially a cow can't be a "he', can he?

The walk to Naunton was gorgeous and the nice weather held.



 Definitely some bovine males!
 Some male/female action going on here!! Or perhaps male male sniffing? I think I see two sets of horns!

 A nice tidy field.


 I had to "steer" my way past quite a few ungulates but not a single one seemed to notice me :) Wrong species I guess!


 Glad I didn't have to work my way past this crowd!


 Very pastorale!


 Climbing over a stile while taking photos probably wasn't the best idea...


But I made it through ok...
 Hey...who turned the he-cows into sheep?
Smile!

 Cool tree trunk looks like giant toes!

 Does anyone know what this berry bush is called?

 Some nice farmhouses in the distance.

 My favourite sight of all - my signpost!!


Some farmhouses are quite large!


A wee bit of fall colour...
I had to find a tiny footbridge - here it is! No problems following the directions today :)
 The path was pretty evident! I had to turn to the right and climb that large hill however.
 Great views from the top!
 See that telephone pole way down there, that's where I turned to climb up the hill - now I'm almost at the top.

 I kept following this path til I came to a road. I crossed the road, went through a gate...

 and Naunton started to come into view!

 There it is!

 Having climbed some hills I had a great vantage point to see all around me.




 I moseyed on down the hill into the village of Naunton.

Getting closer!
 On the outskirts (by the manor house) was a large dovecote dating back to the 1600's (or earlier - no one seems to know its exact age) which kept the lord of the manor in dove pie, dove soup, doves on toast and whatever else they made doves into way back then.

 A very picturesque footbridge I had to cross...


 They sure knew how to build to last! I went inside to take a peek - I've never seen a dovecote before.


 AND it's still home to many doves - I could hear them cooing and rustling away.

 There was a gate preventing me access (probably just as well;) so I reached my arm in as far as it could go and snapped looking up towards the top. Tiny hotel rooms for hundreds of doves!



 I assume this horse was incognito? Flies bothering him perhaps?


The special top to the dovecote allowed the doves to get in but kept the nasty hawks OUT!
Naunton was very quiet but I heard the pub was good so I went off to look for it.

 And found it!

And of course I tried the Donnington Ales :) Plus salmon cakes, salad, spicy chili sauce for the salmon, a most excellent salad dressing and a nice refreshing pint!!

It was the best lunch yet!

 And since it was such a nice day, warm and sunny, I sat out back on their patio and thoroughly enjoyed myself!
Pretty sweet eh?

 It wasn't long before a couple and their dogs took the table above and started eating bags of crisps. Potato chips are "crisps" and french fries are "chips". Both are eaten in great quantities!


Since the owners of my next B & B in Guiting Power didn't want us to arrive until 4pm I wasn't in any rush so relaxed and enjoyed my lunch. After lunch I had a nice walk along the stream and then went to view the village church before finding my way to Guiting Power.