My Travel Guide to the Cotswolds

A Cotswold Prayer We thank thee, Lord of heaven, For all that thou hast given to help us and delight us. For friends who gladly greet us, For flowers of field and garden, For bees with sweetness laden, For swift and gallant horses, For dogs with friendly faces, For homely dwelling places, For song and kindly voices, For food and sleep and ease- We thank you, Lord, for these. My husband and I spent 12 glorious days walking around the Cotswolds last May. Of the 3,000 miles of public footpaths and roads, tracks and trails, that take you through farmland Continue Reading →

Commonalities between the Cotswolds and the Camino de Santiago

Three years ago I walked 150 miles of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, Camino Francés, across northern Spain. Last year my husband and I walked 100 miles of the 3,000 miles of public footpaths and roads throughout the Cotswolds area in England. During our Cotswolds walks, I ended up discovering a few commonalities between the Cotswolds and the Camino de Santiago. Yellow Arrows Yellow arrows are the way to navigate and find your way across the Camino Francés route as you cross Spain from the border with France to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. In fact, you Continue Reading →

Kneeling Pillows in the Churches of the Cotswolds

“Each embroiderer chose his or her design… [from] flowers and wildlife… [to] church festivals and Christian symbols. Our aim was to create something of lasting worth for our church. We hope that those who come to worship here, or just to visit, feel that we have achieved this.” – Cranham Church Kneelers I adored the creative embroidery and needlework of the kneeling pillows in the churches of the Cotswolds. The pillows included not only religious symbols, events, and holidays, but also a variety of other subjects. Kneeling pillows are used for prayer, weddings, and remembrances. The back the kneeling pillows Continue Reading →

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds – The Churches

A Collection of Photographs of the Quintessential Colorful Flowers and Honey-Colored Cotswold Stone in the Land of Market Towns, Wool Churches, and Sheep Hills in England’s Countryside My husband and I loved the churches the most. We would spend no less than an hour at each one, and we saw no less than 39 of them in our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds. We usually stayed long enough to hear the church bells ring several times, including at the top of the hour. I was fascinated with the architecture, art, stained glass, religious relics, and the interior feel Continue Reading →

Windows and Doors of the Cotswolds

A Collection of Photographs of the Quintessential Colorful Flowers and Honey-Colored Cotswold Stone in the Land of Market Towns, Wool Churches, and Sheep Hills in England’s Countryside What my husband and I loved during our 12 days of walking in the Cotswolds was the quintessential contrasting and complementary colors of the flowers and plants that literally grow on and climb the walls of the honey- and golden-colored “Cotswold Stone” of the buildings. This stone, a Jurassic limestone rich in fossils, is used for houses, barns, stone walls, and churches. The flowers and plants that decorate the walls include purple wisteria, Continue Reading →