one night in Bladon, and a walk through lovely Lechlade ...
The photo above was taken in the village of Bladon, being our first nights stop on the break away we took over the weekend.
We had a room up top, with some view!
The place where we stayed was not only a guesthouse, but a teashop too. Although we couldn't stay long enough to get to sample a cream tea, the full English breakfast was good ... or get to visit the final burial place of Sir Winston Churchill at the local church, sigh.
We did have other things on our mind, like getting off to the racetrack at Silverstone.
On the other two nights we stayed at the Witney Four Pillars, a very comfortable hotel with a great brasserie, which had a breakfast buffet style and a quality dinner menu.
It's on the edge of the village of Ducklington. Isn't that just the best placename!
On our way home we took a detour slightly off track, stopping at Lechlade.
Would you believe miles away from home, J bumped into someone he knows from fishing at the local Horseshoe Lake. There really is only so much nodding and smiling one can do, so I made a polite excuse and walked on ahead to take some photos.
Arkwright's DIY is quaint, especially with that old bicycle parked outside. Gr-Granville!
A pretty pastel exterior to the village Florist shop.
A not such pretty exterior to the Gent's Hairdressers. Two words come to mind, Shabby Chic!
Hat's off to the village local!
It wouldn't take much arm-twisting for me to up sticks here!
I so love these old Cotswold stone buildings, traditional to this area of the country.
What a surprise, no queue outside the Post Office, and on a Monday morning too!
Last stop, the Lechlade Antiques Arcade.
I could've quite easily spent hours poking around the units, but with J in tow and him not being remotely interested in bric-a-brac, I was going round like a scalded cat.
I was rather hoping to say hello to Lucy Bloom, as she sells from here.
I didn't find Lucy, but I think I may have found her unit?
Whoever it belonged to, the shelves were packed with lots of bits 'n pieces to look over, and this lovely dark blue jelly mould caught my eye.
I had to have it knowing it would go really nicely alongside my vintage Cornishware ...
and so it does!