Busy weekend with friends

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.

Our quiet mooring on the edge of Wilmcote

Our quiet mooring on the edge of Wilmcote

second farm visit; hungry piggies

second farm visit; hungry piggies

doing the washing Tudor style. Apparently they used 2 week old urine to get stains out of the clothes...nice!

doing the washing Tudor style. Apparently they used 2 week old urine to get stains out of the clothes…nice!

baby Barn Owl

baby Barn Owl

Talia the 28 year old Eagle Owl. A close encounter!

Talia the 28 year old Eagle Owl. A close encounter!

The man showing off the Eagle Owl owns all the birds of prey in the farm. He takes them home every evening and brings them back in the morning. He has had this Eagle Owl since she was 10 weeks old

The man showing off the Eagle Owl owns all the birds of prey in the farm. He takes them home every evening and brings them back in the morning. He has had this Eagle Owl since she was 10 weeks old

I mentioned in a previous blog about the post office in this village being a van, and what a good idea it was

and here it is the mobile post office, that comes daily to Wilmcote. Why can't other areas adopt this practice as it is such a good idea and would save money on building rent.

and here it is the mobile post office, that comes daily to Wilmcote. Why can’t other areas adopt this practice as it is such a good idea and would save money on building rent.

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.

Looking over at the canal basin

Looking over at 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.

Busy Stratford street

Busy Stratford street the Tudor building being a christmas shop

Shakespeare's birthplace

Shakespeare’s birthplace

wider view.

wider view.

more Tudor buildings

more Tudor buildings

The oldest pub in Stratford in the middle

The oldest pub in Stratford in the middle

Inside the Guild Hall where Shakespeare would have started his schooling. Note the fresco above the window which was whitewashed over when Henry V111 abolished the catholic faith in order to marry Anne Boleyn. The fresco is now being restored

Inside the Guild Hall where Shakespeare would have started his schooling. Note the fresco above the window which was whitewashed over when Henry V111 abolished the catholic faith in order to marry Anne Boleyn. The fresco is now being restored

The tower of the Guild Hall with the grammar school next to it where Shakespeare would have continued his learning

The tower of the Guild Hall with the grammar school next to it where Shakespeare would have continued his learning

Shakespeare's daughter Susannah lived here with her doctor husband

Shakespeare’s daughter Susannah lived here with her doctor husband

same house wider view

same house wider view

Inside the church where Shakespeare is buried

Inside the church where Shakespeare is buried

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.

To prove we have been there!

To prove we have been there!

The River Windrush. Not very deep as even the ducks were walking on the bottom

The River Windrush. Not very deep as even the ducks were walking on the bottom

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.

Side street view

Side street view

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.

one of the many lavender fields

one of the many lavender fields

They make many products there from the lavender and they have many varieties growing from what we could see over the fence.

Swallow nesting in a building at the lavender farm

Swallow nesting in a building at the lavender farm

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).

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