We made it back to Wilmcote on Thursday and moored outside of the 48 hour moorings as we needed to be here to meet our friends. We decided we would have a morning in Mary Arden’s farm on our own to catch up with the things we may have missed when with the children.
I mentioned in a previous blog about the post office in this village being a van, and what a good idea it was
Our friends arrived on Friday early afternoon, and we met them at their accommodation and partook of an alcoholic beverage whilst having a catch up, as we hadn’t seen them since March. We had an evening meal there also which was very reasonable. Saturday we took the train to Stratford-upon-Avon and had a gentle walk around the riverside and the canal basin.
We bought lunch from the Baguette Barge, and joined the Stratford Town Walk at 2pm. This was a very informative tour lasting 2 hours taking in the sights of this market town. Charlie had difficulty in hearing the guide so he was entrusted with the camera.
After such a long day I decided to cook the evening meal, as we could all have a drink with it and not worry about driving. The train back was delayed so we caught a cab back to the boat. A few bottles of red wine were polished off which went well with the spaghetti bolognese I cooked.
Sunday we had a drive around the Cotswold’s area. Very rural countryside. We stopped at Bourton on the Water (billed as the Little Venice of the area), and it was very busy with tourists enjoying the sunshine.
All the buildings made of the Cotswold stone and looking pristine. House prices not too bad considering the area. Though we couldn’t afford to buy one.
We had Sunday Lunch in a pub on the edge of the town and it was less busy. We then drove after lunch to The Cotswold Lavender Farm. The smell of all the lavender fields was quite intoxicating; the only down side was the admission fee which we all felt was a bit steep just to walk around fields of lavender.
They make many products there from the lavender and they have many varieties growing from what we could see over the fence.
We then drove back to the boat for another lovely evening of chatting, ploughman’s and more alcohol! Better have a few days rest now methinks. Later this week we will see our daughter and family again albeit briefly, as they are off to Spain (but that’s another story!). We will head back toward Stratford again in the next couple of days, and once the next set of visitors have gone we will be going on to the Avon (so praying for the dry weather to continue for that).