Further along the way: spot of cricket.

On Tuesday D. and I went from Buckle Street ( Jackdaws Castle )  back along the Gloucestershire Way  to our last finish point in the woods near Condicote.

"Jackdaws Castle" is the  horse racing establishment, run by Jonjo O'Neill. Read more at:


The Way continues opposite these gates along a metalled bridle path/track leading,  after a  half mile to Ford Hill Farm. The path loops around the farm and soon emerges on a pleasant bridleway.

This is a very quiet stretch and I agree with our guide writer Gerry Stewart, who describes it thus: "  This open ridge-top provides a great sense of kinship with the early people who once traversed these tracks."
( p.91)
After this bridleway, the path continued  through a field of yellow rape seed, until turning left,  we espied our former end position amongst the woods of Hinchwick.

Another link in the  Way  had been made.


"Naked land-slides show, away down hill mist-shades cover
 The land where South- West once moved high like a lover,
  With colour and boy's glory and breath of renewal:
  That also, that valley, for this dry air is a fuel. "

 The middle stanza of " East Wind, " from  'The Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney. '

Ivor Gurney, the Gloucestershire first world war poet; whom we have met before in this blog.

Ivor Gurney

One of my favourite wordsmiths; I am pleased to inform that  Ivor's work is being re-evaluated.
As part of this process, Iain Burnside, has produced a play entitled " A Soldier and a Maker."
It is being performed at the new Parabola Arts Centre in July.


D. and I have purchased tickets for this event and are looking forward to this production, in this new venue.

Today (2/6 ) D. and I visited Ivor's grave in the quiet churchyard of Twigworth.

I like this inscription " Composer, Poet of the Severn and Somme 1890 - 1937 " very much and I am sure Ivor would have approved.



Cheltenham Town A.F.C. ( The Robins ) failed in the Wembley play-off to gain promotion to League One. They were beaten by Crewe 2 - 0. But they can hold their heads up high; they fought valiantly for  90 minutes, but were unable to take their chances and never really got over the ' wonder' goal scored by Crewe early in the first half.  Never mind - new season starts August 18th.

Yesterday (1/6) i had a pleasant day at the cricket at Worcester, who were playing Somerset  in a four day  Ist Division county match.

Naturally, being our ' Summer Game' rain delayed the start.

However, after 35 minutes play got under way and although the temperature in the ground never topped 20 deg.C, there were no further interruptions to play.

Highlight of the day was Worcester's Nick Compton, becoming the first batsman to score 1000 runs this season. Well played Sir.


Enjoy the Jubilee.




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