We left Bath on a beautiful Thursday morning, heading toward the Cotswolds and enjoying the scenery.
A perfect spot along our way was Bourton-on-the-Water, a place to park the coach, and walking paths to take us into the cutest little town ever with a river running through its center.
Something that I have never realized about Britain before…..Folks feel free to pretty much PICNIC ANYWHERE!
Nice day? Public area with grass? Pull out your blanket ((or picnic quilt as the case may be!)) and just plop it down where you want to be. Pull out your Tupperware and zip lock baggies full of goodies from home, and relax to enjoy the day.
Picnicking happens ALL OVER!
And by all means, let your kids splash in the water!
That’s what being a kid is about, isn’t it? I loved to hear the children on this trip. Feed the ducks the bread crumbs and the left over crisps and bask in the sunshine of a glorious day.
Lovely stone houses!
The grass is NOT greener on the other side!
There were loads of shops and places to browse. Brenda and I decided this was the perfect morning for a “Cream Tea”!
A proper cream tea!
Two scones with raisins, jam and clotted cream. Yes, I used my “Get-Out-of-Gluten-Free” card this day ----there are some things you just have to experience, and since my gluten sensitivity isn’t intestinal, I gave in this once on the scones, and I gave in one other time on the fish n chips….because life is too short to be too good all the time.
This was WONDERFUL!
We spent the rest of our time wandering!
I loved the little stream/river at every turn!
And so did everyone else that flocked to its stony banks!
And the ducks sunning themselves and waiting for crumbs to be tossed in ---
Nothing beats a flowering English garden.
Oh yes, EVERYONE is out – see the picnic blankets!
The other direction.
Can I picnic like this at home? Not without a quart of bug spray and mosquito netting! I would love to…..but I’d be eaten alive! There are no mosquitoes here that I have found. No biting black flies, no fire ants. No ticks. NO CHIGGERS!!
But I wish I could….just take the time, pack a small lunch, and enjoy the grass and the outdoors the way the British seem to do.
But while I can’t always picnic…there is ALWAYS TEA!
Exactly! Make more time for Tea!
Bourton-on-the-water, you are adorable!