"Spring being a tough act to follow,
|The gentle scenery of the Cotswolds in June--|
quiet sheep, Queen Anne's Lace, and rolling green hills.
|Lower Slaughter, Gloucester, and the River Eye|
Voted one of the most beautiful
villages in Britain.
|Beautiful cottages line the river that|
runs through Lower Slaughter.
|Lower Slaughter cottage garden.|
Lords of the Manor hotel. In the summer, tea is served out on the broad lawns which look out onto the wolds beyond.
The Lords of the Manor is a stunningly elegant and a decidedly British hotel, but afternoon tea out on the lawn is not a stuffy or posh affair. It's welcoming, the staff is relaxed and attentive, and you're invited to sit back and breathe in the calm. That afternoon the sandwiches and scones flowed effortlessly out to the wide lawns, with plenty of clotted cream for Stuart and lots of jam for me. And a summer afternoon tea isn't complete without a glass of champagne with a June strawberry in it.
|Ford of the River Eye, Upper Slaughter|
Still full of afternoon tea and with one very wet dog, we were on our way again down the next single track road which led to the village of Taynton. As we drove into the village and came around a bend, we were met by a sweet little scene in front of us--elegant stone gates that led up to an equally elegant vicarage. It all looked very regal and stately, but off to the side of the gate was a funny, little, lopsided, red table with a sign that read, "Vicarage Eggs".
| The birdbath as it looks today.|
These are the eggs, carefully labeled with the date the girls at the vicarage laid them. We served Vicarage Scrambled Eggs the next morning, and they were delicious, as only Vicarage Eggs can be.
|Our own June roses.|
Oxford, June 2014