|June roses adorn an Oxfordshire cottage.|
Our first stop was the Burford Garden Company for a late lunch, some flower shopping and antique browsing. We sat in the section where they display the vintage books for sale, so I was in heaven--eating an asparagus and goat cheese tart, drinking Herefordshire cider, and browsing the array of vintage books. Stuart was in heaven because we couldn't decide on one dessert, so we picked three!
|This is where we sat, surrounded by the vintage |
books, drinking our cider and eating three desserts.
That's just how Stuart and I roll.
|I got very lucky and found (and purchased) |
two of my favourite books, both
published in London around 1910.
off on the single track lanes we love to drive down.
|The single track roads are|
lined with Queen Anne's
lace this time of year.
|This sign greeted us as we drove |
into the village of Taynton.
"The greatness of a nation can be judged
by the way its animals are treated." ~Ghandi
|Box Tree Cottage|
|Clematis climbing a stone|
wall in Elizabeth's Garden.
|The late afternoon sun on a miller's cottage |
in the village of Taynton, Oxfordshire.
Right across from the miller's cottages we noticed an ancient stone stile, and Elizabeth explained that it was used by the mill workers centuries ago. They would climb over the Cotswold dry stone wall at the stile, on their way through the meadow and down to the mill on the River Windrush. It's now protected and Grade II listed, but still used by walkers on the public footpath.
|There's still a path that leads from the stile |
down through the meadow, to the River Windrush.
We thanked Elizabeth for showing us her garden and invited her to Oxford to visit ours, and then we were on our way, the next stop Swinbrook, a tiny Oxfordshire village near Burford.
|Crossing the ford of the mighty Swinbrook.|
|The ford at Swinbrook.|
|Red valerian, one of my favourite cottage |
garden flowers, grows along a dry stone wall.
|A thatched cottage in the village of Minster Lovell. |
In Britain this type of home is called a
'Chocolate Box' home, because it's the kind
of quintessential English cottage that would
be on the top of gift boxes of chocolate.