English Summer

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Friday was not all drama. Before the exploding coffee pot landed me in hospital.. again.. I had shared a perfect English summer’s day with friends over from the States. We had set off in sunshine towards the Cotswolds, heading for the stone circle of Rollright.

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However, it has to be said, this time of year in that neck of the woods is about as chocolate-box pretty as you are going to find anywhere. So it was, perhaps, inevitable that Tracey, Darcy and I could not resist a few halts along the way.

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Church Enstone, with its elaborate water trough, was the first of the villages that demanded our attention and Tracey pulled over into the tiny green below the church. Not surprising. The cottages were picture-perfect and the weather about as beautiful as you could imagine.

D&T 054The ancient church of St Kenelm’s was just around the corner. We sort of had to visit. There is a lovely old lych gate leading to the church. Built on the site of an earlier, Saxon church the present building still has parts dating back to Norman times.

It was, of course, inevitable that there was a door to the little priest’s room, that it was unlocked, and that I was aided aided and abetted to explore.

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The countryside was glorious. In full flower and bursting with beauty and life. Clover fields and corn fields, poppies everywhere, painting distant fields scarlet, punctuating the bright yellow of the rapeseed.

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There are so many wildflowers that I remember now missing from our fields and hedgerows. Yet the profusion of colour and perfume would have you forget this. I have seldom seen a more beautiful summer’s day here.

D&T 138The Cotswold villages give way to fields. The architecture becomes more incredible, small domestic vistas, it seems, hide around every corner, wearing the mellow, lichen encrusted gold of the local stone.

D&T 059Then, of course, there were the stones. the odd, oolitic limestone, ancient and weathered of the Rollrights. Very much alive still, seldom deserted and with a unique feel to the place. Sometimes, it seems, the ancient heart of the land just reaches out to remind you it is still beating, even if we cannot hear it beneath the noise of traffic and television.

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Lunch at a glorious old pub in Long Compton was delightful and all in all it was a glorious day with lovely friends.

Just a shame about the coffee…. 🙂

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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21 Responses to English Summer

  1. ksbeth says:

    I love every single one of these pics and I would love to go there sometime. I could not have resisted the priest’s room either if given the chance ) hope you are recovering from that coffee ) beth


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Doing okay, Beth, so far, thank you. Feel much better without the morphine-fog 🙂
      I love exploring these old places. Granted, it was a bit of a climb to get up there.. but well worth it 🙂


  2. I hope you are recovering from the hot coffee incident.


  3. theINFP says:

    When you do polarity, you really do polarity 😦 beautiful shots I could smell and hear the places you visited 🙂


  4. fransiweinstein says:

    Yikes! Hope you’re ok


  5. Sue, I so envy you the luscious country side and ancient places you visit. Just gorgeous. All th epics are great, but I am especially fond of that one with the orange poppy – one of my favorite flowers.

    Hope all goes well today and that you have a speedy recovery.


  6. phaerygurl says:

    More stunning photos, and a beautiful place that just begs to be explored and photographed. The architecture and energy is amazing.


  7. words4jp says:

    What marvelous pictures. I hope you are recovering from the mean coffee pot;)


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