Europe 2012: Day 16, Winchcombe

Sudeley Castle (Winchcombe, England)

Friday, 6/22/12

Woke at 8:30am.  It is windy and rainy.   It is one of those days when you just want to stay in bed and watch the telly.

Another wonderful breakfast!   Eric tells us that he makes his own bacon, no wonder it is so exceptional!  He also raises his own chickens so I went out to his backyard to check them out.

We spent the morning catching up on stuff.   My DH worked on his stocks.   I worked on updating my travel journal and embellishing some of my sketches.  Since it is such a wet day, we decide to stick close to the B&B and take in the sites of Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe.  According to the website, “The Castle was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII. Henry himself, Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Richard III have all played a part in Sudeley’s story.”   The castle is currently owned privately and is only a shadow of what it use to be.   However, the church is still intact and the gardens have been completely restored.

Sudeley Castle Church (Winchcombe, England)

The current exhibit focuses on the fashion of the Queens of Henry VIII.   Another exhibit focused on the life of Katherine Parr.  They were highly informative.

One can only imagine how grand this castle once was.  There is an impressive Pheasantry with squawking peacocks (they sound like cats), too.  Unfortunately, it is also littered with pieces of modern art work of artists the owners wish to promote – I hate it when they do that!   I come to these castles to experience a bit of the past, I am not interested in anything modern.  However, my DH reminds me that these properties are pretty expensive to maintain and have been known to bankrupt families when the British taxes come due – anything for a buck I guess.  Our admission to the castle was about $35.00.  We had tea in the café, that was another $4.

As I mentioned, it was raining all day – a fairly constant drizzle with periods of sun just to get our hopes up.   On our way to the castle, we took a public footpath through a sheep pasture.   I don’t know if I mentioned this, but there are a lot of sheep here in the Cotswolds.    My DH liked this route so much; we took the same footpath back to the car when we were done with the castle.

Footpath to Sudeley Castle (Winchcombe, England)

Footpath to Sudeley Castle (Winchcombe, England)

It is our last night in the Cotswolds.  We decided to have dinner at the local pub down the street call The Apple Tree.   The place was packed and all the tables were taken.   A local couple offered us the table they were about to leave next to the pub’s fireplace.  They explained to us how things worked and offered suggestions for food.   We did what we were told.   Once we settled into the comfy leather couch, I went up to the bar and ordered the “2 for 10” special – Lemon Chicken and potatoes for my DH and a Cheddar Cauliflower Tart for me (with a nice dry wine wine).  Half an hour later we had food – it was delicious!

The Apple Tree Inn (Woodmancote, England)

While had our dinner, we could not help but notice this dog.  The dog also noticed us for it actually tried to drag the heavy chair it was tied to toward our table.  Unfortunately, the owner retrieved the dog before she reached us.   Before we left, we spoke to the owner who allowed us to pet her dog.   This dog is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Kia.  She’s so sweet!

DH with a sweet Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Tomorrow we drive back to Bath to return the “Purple Pooper”.  Then we buy a train ticket to take us back to London to catch the train to Paris in the afternoon.   I suspect it will be a long day.


4 thoughts on “Europe 2012: Day 16, Winchcombe

  1. Is it possible there could be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in your future?
    I’m sure the breed could learn to walk on the “right” side
    of the road. :o)

  2. The “Purple Pooper”!!! Now that is funny! I laughed out loud! It must be like a “Rolls – Canarly”…. Rolls down the hill and CanHardly get back up the hill! Keep blogging – loving every minute!

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