On Saturday the mysterious Lilac Lady and I prepared The Bomber 2 (aka The Silver Bomber, replacement to the beyond-economical-repair Red Bomber) with crampons, sleds, mint cake, dried lemons etc' etc' and set out for the mountainous and perilous climes beyond The Cotswolds, taking an ancient drover's track known as the A40.
I prefer this route because you get a better class of hostelry along the way. No motorway services, instead some top pub meals and the occasional farm shop (the one we stopped at on the way home had zorbing. Not that we partook, but it's useful to know these things).
Our stop on the way up was The Cotswold Gateway - a hotel, pub and cafe - roadside but with seating to the rear. We sat at the front though, as the sunshine was glorious.
|The Cotswold Gateway is opposite a Little Chef.|
No wonder Little Chef's going bust with this competition!
|I love cheese.|
It was a lovely break in the journey and this pub is one I will bear in mind when driving this route in future.
We stayed with friends in a wonderful house chock-full of antiques (being antique dealers, as they are) and the most beautiful garden. Perfect for a few glasses of wine and sunshine...
|This is what gardens are for!|
|Is that hippo wearing PASTIES? Stripper hippo babytoy outrage??|
My reliable source noted, from a thrifty-shopping perspective, that it lacks Primark, but all is not lost for the fashionable tight-ass, as there's a Peacocks and one of the best selections of charity shops I have seen in a long time; the perfect balance of price and quality-of-donated-goods. Actually, all was lost for me- I'm still on my shopping ban. So I executed a bit of what we-who-work-wiv-yoof like to call 'negative peer pressure' and got everyone down to the pub. Not that it took much pressure, especially a pub with these wonderful views on a baking hot day...
|The Hope & Anchor, Ross On Wye- nice pub.|
Aanyways, back in Lahndan now, and boiling up some pinto beans and veg for a frugal few days of ration-style dinners. The downside of my cheese excesses at the weekend have been tight waistbands and some incredible cheese-dreams. But so worth it!
Should you want to visit, here's a link to my favourite of the many Ross-On-Wye tourist websites 'Wye Not?'. The information is good, but let's face it I'm also loving that punderful site name.