Out in the Cotswolds

Seeing as we’ve been so incredibly lucky with the weather recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time out and about.

I know I’m always blogging about where I’ve been off to at the weekend and so on, but today I thought I’d stop all that and show you all a little place I call home.

I’ve taken a few photos over the past few weeks whilst I’ve been out with friends, so thought I’d document them here for you to take a peek at.

I was born and bred in the Cotswolds, in semi-rural Gloucestershire. Despite having moved around the country a bit as a result of uni and so on, it’s always ended up calling me back…
Can you see why?

This is Cleeve Hill, which overlooks the rather beautiful town of Cheltenham.

It’s also the perfect spot for picnics, a few drinks, or just a good old fashioned catch up with a friend.

It’s spots like this that make me think it will be very hard to live in the city!

During the racing season, Cheltenham Racecourse offers a rather fabulous day at the races. It’s fun to get together with friends, dress up, and attempt (or fail miserably if you’re me!) to win some money.

This is the rather colourful Beer Gardens, where I spend a lot of lunches when it’s lovely and sunny outside. You can see why this place has won Town in Bloom so often, can’t you!?

The artwork/graffiti (whatever your opinion!) below has recently really put Cheltenham on the map.

The mastermind of Bristol-born Banksy, ‘Spy Booth’ as it became known was a testimony to the work done by the government communications centred in Cheltenham. It’s a clever and particularly relevant piece that questions the privacy (or lack of) and surveillance we’re all under in today’s society.

What do you think?

Unfortunately, ‘Spy Booth’ has since been vandalised (possibly due to ownership values behind the work – it was to be sold off), leaving us with graffiti upon graffiti…

It was nice while it lasted, and it did drive in tourism to the town.

If you’re interested, you can read more about it here.

One thing I love about living in the Cotswolds is the beautiful old architecture you see scattered about – the dry stone walls and thatched cottages (I will own one one day!)

And the lovely country walks you can take quite easily. There’s nothing quite like it!

And there really is nothing better than a proper barbecue and a pub with a beautiful view at the weekend (cider, of course – this is the countryside!)

Before dipping back into the town centre for a walk along the Promenade, come rain or shine!

Hope you enjoyed my miniature tour of the Cotswolds!

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