HOLIDAYING AT HOME

We’ve just had a lovely caravan holiday in the Cotswolds with our daughters and their families.

In the past we were frequently fortunate with our holiday weather, but slightly less so in recent years. However this time our famous luck did not dessert us and the entire fortnight was one stretch of glorious sunshine, clear blue skies, warm, just wonderful. We are all as brown as berries.

We ate together in the early evening, with tables pushed together and ‘about 50 chairs ‘ as the camp manager (exaggerating slightly!) described it. A different family took charge of and provided the evening meal, which was often cooked in our caravan equipment. (The others were in tents.) We ate simple, easy food. We had a leisurely and full breakfast. We had some lunches and coffees out.

It was lovely going out in large groups, but we also split up, sometimes one couple would take all the children. We went out with different combinations of people and also had some quiet days to ourselves. Our friends from Oxford came out and met us for lunch. John’s sister lives nearby so we met her several times, and our children and their families went to dinner at their cousin’s.

The sites were busy at weekends, quieter through the weeks. Our idea of a busy site is ourselves and down the other end of the caravan site, two other families, so our notions of the ideal are never going to be satisfied, but people are friendly and there is always someone to lend a hand with an awning not previously erected, or lend a vital piece of equipment. A little boy climbed into our caravan one day and was absolutely horrified to be met by us instead of his parents, and then became terribly confused and lost, so we had to lead him (only next door) by the hand and explain to him that he had the wrong caravan, but he regarded us with disfavour thereafter!

The Cotswolds are lovely – just one beautiful village after another, small fields, hedgerows full of wild flowers, ancient trees. The source of the Thames is here (allegedly.) There is much to be said in favour of Brits holidaying at home. Our country is beautiful and it is richly diverse (by which I mean its habitat and flora and fauna are very different within a small area.) Our food is good. People speak English. There’s no queuing for taxis, or hanging about at airports. It’s also much cheaper – no air fare or ferry crossing, no expensive foreign insurance. We have history – from Stone Henge and Skara Brae, through mediaeval times when Henry VIII destroyed the monasteries, through the Stewarts when the Church of England was created down to the World Wars and more recent history. We have fantastic architecture.

I recommend the Cotswolds.

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About adhocannie
I am a good natured woman with a long memory and a swift tongue. I like loooking at things and thinking about them. Also food, clothes, travel, reading, sewing. I try to see the ridiculous in things, but sobriety of reflection keeps edgting in. I have husband, children, grandchildren, friends... I feel rich in things that matter. I am a happy exile. I like writing. I do not like talking about me (though I do.). You willl be much more interesting.

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