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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.

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!



Anonymous said...

I love the Arkwright shop ... and the bicycle outside. Sounds like you had a great time.

Kris said...

Was the Arkwright shop "Open All Hours"? What a pretty place! There sure are some quaint place names in England! (I watch "Relocation Relocation" just to hear some of those names!)

my word verification - arkyri

Purrfect Haven said...

popped over to you here after browsing your other blog. This one is great too... inspiring and I feel I have done your trip away too. Helen

Rosie said...

We were in Lechlade last September - I remember Arkwright's shop. I loved the boats at the side of the Thames and Shelley's walk through the churchyard. Isn't it a lovely place?

harmony and rosie said...

What fun, and so pretty too. I'd never heard those village names before.

Who Lives in a house like this? said...

I live between Witney and Bladon, so nice to hear other people love it as much as I do when they visit ;-)

funkymonkey said...

We visit the Cotswolds fairly regularly but have never been to Lechlade. It looks so pretty. I love the idea of staying at a teashop B&B. Wonderful breakfasts and afternoon tea. What more could anyone want?


Carol said...

Big sigh............Your little trip has made me a little sad, only because I love this part of our country and even though I say I do not miss my cottage, I think I do a bit.
It was lovely to read about visit and look at the lovley images...as always!
Enjoy this beautiful weather...I am having a bit of trouble getting my sprinkler to work. I think they have turned the water pressure down!
Carol x

LizzieJane said...

What wonderful places to visit. I do so miss the quaintness of English villages. I am afraid my poor husband would have been like yours... Patiently waiting for me to finish my poking around.
Thank you for those lovely photos Louise. It's nice having a little taste off England again.

Amanda said...

Looks like you both had a most glorious time! xx

twiggypeasticks said...

how lovely!!
Twiggy x

Ps word verif - whinge - tee hee :)

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Louise - you guessed right! That was my unit - I'm only there on a Thursday afternoon for re-stocking and my stint behind the cash desk. Thank you for your purchase and your lovely mention on your blog. Hope you're enjoying the summer!
Lucy x

Wild Rose said...

Oh the Cotswolds are so pretty. It is years since I visited this part of the world.

It sounds like you had a wonderful visit.

Marie x

OhSoVintage said...

I really enjoyed reading this and your photos.
Ruth x

Jackie said...

Hi Louise ~ I've just popped over to say hello and to visit your lovely blog ~ I have been paired up with you for Lisa's Happy Swap ~ I'm sorry that it has taken me so long to get in touch. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog and also getting to know you a bit better too. Jackie :O) xx

Sarah said...

Lovely Lechlade - we live about 15 mins away and I often visit the antiques centre! Glad you had a great time.