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A visit to Arlingham

This week we headed across country to Arlingham in Gloucestershire where we stayed in a holiday cottage at Milton End Farm, which is a working dairy farm. The accommodation was of a good standard.

Arriving on Monday we visited Frampton on Tuesday, Gloucester on Wednesday, Cam on Thursday, Stroud on Friday and had a family meal on Saturday. We returned to London on Sunday.

Hammock Time @ Beechenhurst

Today Elias and I spent a lovely morning visiting Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean where we spent a couple of hours chilling in the hammock up near where the “Giant’s Chair” used to stand.

Hammock time at Beechenhurst

Hammock time at Beechenhurst

A visit to Gloucestershire

This weekend we headed down to Cinderford in the Forest of Dean to visit some of my family. We hired a car on Friday from Gatwick Airport and then drove via the M25/M4 before turning off at Swindon where we stopped to look at cars. On Saturday we visited Gloucester for some shopping, a family meal at the “The lord high constable of England” Wetherspoon pub and a spot of “free running” at Gloucester Quays. Around Cinderford we saw a number of large deer with antlers and had a quick game of “tracker man”. We returned to London on Sunday afternoon after a lovely weekend.

Clowning around in the Forest

Another Dog!

DogThis weekend I headed over to the Forest of Dean to visit my sister’s family and meet their new Spaniel puppy whose name is “Sophie”. My nieces absolutely love their new puppy but unfortunately Charlie who is eight years old now is not impressed at all. He growls at the new top dog and is feeling rather left out; I’d never heard him growl at anything before so he must be upset – especially when Sophie tries to take his ball or play with him! I am sure he will get used to having another dog around soon. In the afternoon we headed over to Beechenhurst for a play and a short walk. They had a number of birds of prey on display which were beautiful. In the evening we had a take away curry. I stayed the night before heading back to Swindon in the morning. I had a great weekend although I think I might be coming down with man-flu as I began to feel slightly flu-like this evening.

A Beautiful Spring Weekend

Canal LogoThis weekend I headed out to Symonds Yat in the Wye valley to enjoy a wonderful day down by the  river Wye for a sport of geocahing, a moderate walk and caving. On the way back we stopped off at Severn Springs (at the top of birdlip hill) for some food. On Sunday I took the train to Stroud a then walked back along the Thames and Severn canal route to Kemble. I stopped at two rather beautiful (if very busy) country pubs on the way back and had fun trying to follow the line of the canal tunnel without a map. I still have an urge to explore the Sapperton tunnel which is three miles long – I can always remember visiting the tunnel as a child and being fascinated by the echoes of the dripping water. I walked a total of 25 Km on what was another stunningly beautiful spring weekend.

Scouting out the Sharpness Canal and Gloucester Quay

Gloucester TowerOn Sunday I headed out on the first train to the historic city of Gloucester, famous for its Cathedral.  The main purpose of the visit was to check out the Gloucester – Sharpness Canal in preparation for my kayak trip later in the year. On arrival at the station I walked briskly across town, stopping only for a cheeky hot dog for breakfast. After walking around the quayside and checking out the traditional boatbuilders yard I took a 5Km walk along the canal towpath before heading back in to town where I got some Sunday lunch and did some work on planning my kayak trip. I headed back to Swindon in the evening. Back to work tomorrow – with a cold snap on its way!

Fireworks in the Forest of Dean

FireworksThis weekend I headed out into the forest of Dean to spend Saturday with my sister’s family. On the way I stopped off in Gloucester and spent a little bit of time exploring the Historic Docks and also the new designer outlet which recently opened. I continued on towards Cinderford where we spent the rest of the day entertaining Holly and Emily. In the evening we headed off to the Annual fireworks display in the obligatory rain. £5 per person was a little excessive if you ask me, although the fireworks were reasonably spectacular. It didn’t take the venue long to turn in to a mudbath. I returned to Swindon on the train in the evening noting a heavy police presence in Gloucester who were apparently expecting football hooligans.

Charlie is Dog-Napped

Charlie and EmilyOn Sunday evening Charlie the Springer Spaniel mysteriously disappeared from my sister’s family home in the Forest of Dean town of Cinderford in Gloucestershire. The next few days were spent frantically searching for a much loved family member. Posters were erected asking for information regarding his whereabouts. Could he have been hit by as car or fallen down an old mine shaft?

Emily was distraught at losing her best friend and couldn’t stop crying. The drama continued until Wednesday when following a tip off from a friend, Charlie was returned to the very relieved household after a police visit to a house  on Wednesday evening.

The Zambezi Express and A Visit to Minchinhampton Common

Minchinhampton TreeOn Saturday I headed over to Bristol for the weekend to spend some time with my sister Rebekah and her fiance Tim. In the evening evening we headed up on to the Clifton Downs to watch the Zambezi Express – an African musical based around the tale of one boy’s pursuit of the ultimate footballing dream, from the backstreets of a Zimbabwe township to triumph in South Africa.

On Sunday we headed out in to Gloucestershire where we first tried to visit the National Arbouretum at Westonbirt but were put off by the thousands of cars. So we drove on to Minchenhampton Comon where we took a walk on the common. I made friends with some highland cattle as well as pretending to be a tree. We also enjoyed a drink at the old Lodge pub before returning to Bristol. I returned to Swindon on Sunday Evening.

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