Tuesday, 29 September 2009

A surprise meeting in the Cotswolds

A morning not to be wasted, in this wonderful Indian summer so many of us are experiencing. We decided to go for one our favourite drives in the Cotswolds, which are particularly lovely just now.

We like to go on a circular route, which - for those of you who know and love these places - is by way of Winchcombe, Broadway, and Stow-on-the-Wold, then home past Bourton-on-the-Water and the Dowdeswell reservoir. It is a great pleasure to have within easy access this perfect mixture of glorious countryside and beautiful buildings for which the area is renowned.

Most of the buildings are of the classic golden limestone of the area, but there are also many cottages of thatched and timber-framed construction. Many a time we have seen little groups of Japanese tourists staring at the scene before them, looking as though they have died and gone to Heaven.

The colours of the trees today ranged from their full summer green, through the shades of yellow and orange, to bright russet. Some of the fields still have their crops in place; others have been harvested, with only the stubble remaining, and are scattered with great cylindrical hay-bales awaiting transfer into the barns. Add to the mix the warm brown soil of the fields which have already been ploughed, and the vivid green grass of the fields that are set aside or used for grazing, and we had a perfect rural patchwork to enjoy.

We had just got out of the car in Broadway, when I bumped into a person I had never met before, but whose face was so familiar that I overcame my shyness and approached her. It was the famous Catholic blogger, Mrs Jackie Parkes! We had a very pleasant little conversation before going our separate ways. I am delighted to report how well she looked. I'm looking forward to reading her account of her adventures.


JARay said...

Have you managed to get to Dulverton yet and the church of St. Stanislaus?
Following on that, have you read "The Voices of Morebath" by Eamon Duffy? You could go on to Morebath from Dulverton. Some of the roads are very narrow indeed so you must drive very carefully.

berenike said...

I've met many lovely people through blogging, including Seraphic, Madame Evangelista, and Cath the Calvinist :-)

berenike said...

In fact, here's the bloggossey :-)

Dorothy said...

No, JAR, I'm afraid I don't expect to have the opportunity to visit Dulverton in the foreseeable future. We have had a few holidays down in that part of the south west, but on those occasions we have not gone inland. We have taken the coast road, where the heights of Exmoor plunge dramatically into the sea.

"The Voices of Morebath" is a book I would like to read when I can manage it. I have read a good deal of Duffy's "The Stripping of the Altars", but I put it aside when I reached his study of death and dying, which wasn't quite the best thing for me to read at a melancholy time. I hope to return to it at some point; perhaps when I have finished Newman's "Apologia pro Vita Sua".

Dorothy said...

Berenike, thank you for your comments here and on the "Apologia" post. How nice that you were able to meet all those bloggers!

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

It was nice of you to come up to me! Gosh! I was amazed!
Nice blog..

I would like to travel more in the area..hope you liked my HOD pictures..

Dorothy said...

Thank you for visiting, Jackie. I hope you are continuing to feel many benfits from your stay in this wonderful area.