Susie and I spent the weekend with Penny Brown in South Woodchester. Woodchester is a lovely village divided North and South by a largely unspoilt valley of pasture and woodland. The village is built almost exclusively of Cotswold stone and was founded and flourished on the riches of the wool and cloth making industry which began in the 13th century and reached its heyday in the 18th Century.
Friday evening we had a great wine tasting quiz and dinner at the village school. Saturday we walked with Calypso, Penny’s black Labrador, around Woodchester Mansion Park. The Mansion was never completed and is now owned by a private trust. The Park is owned and managed by the National Trust. The woodlands were carpeted in Wild Garlic which outshone the Bluebells. Dinner Saturday evening was at the Royal Oak, North Woodchester.
Before lunch on Sunday we had a walk with in the valleys near the village.