Dovecote: Edge Hill: Flower Power: Admiral's Advice.

Last Sunday (  18/ 8 ) saw D. and I in the  village of Naunton, near Stow on the Wold.

We were embarking on a 'Treasure Trail, ' a Christmas present which had not been used. It proved to be great fun and will be continued in the Slaughters at a later date.
It made us really look at details on the walk at this  most quintessential Cotswold village. It was very quiet with the majority of the populace, either  indoors or on holiday. I did see in sparkling condition a vintage car ( possibly a  Bugatti ?) being driven around. The smell of real money was in the air.

One of the clues led us to a very interesting building, an old Dovecote.











This Dovecote, we learnt, was thought to be 500 years old; was a Grade11 building and has some 1175 nest holes.

I liked the  ( H & S )  sign; " Enter at your own risk. " We didn't take up the offer.

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On Tuesday of last week ( 20 / 8 ) D. and I made our way to Edge Hill in Warwickshire, the site of the first major battle of the English `Civil War on 23rd October 1642.
We went on a 3.5 mile circular walk, which started in the peaceful village of Radway.
Soon we gained the upper slopes and took in the views around us.





When we gained the summit , we could make out a tower between the trees.





This octagonal Radway Tower, was erected to mark the centenary of the battle. It became a Pub, which regrettably was closed when we passed by.






It is possible, that this location was near where Charles1 stayed.

 You can find out more details regarding the battle here:  Edge Hill

In Essence, the battle proved to be a bloody draw, with losses of over 4,000. The Royalists, did however remain in command of the road to London and thus control of the capital.

Partly because,  much of the land  has been claimed by the M.O.D. and also due to the nation's reluctance to admit to the deeds of The Civil War; we  did not meet,  on our walk,  any information regarding this battlle and had, we not read up  upon  the subject we would have been left unaware of those events in October 1642. Shame.





The walk, itself was a very pleasant experience; taking in the villages of Radway and Ratley, in a beautiful part of rural Warwickshire.

One further  memory of the walk, a tree, seen on our return to the starting point.



The roughness was appealing.


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Saw a lovely bright display of flowers in Cheltenham's Sandford Park.











You can't beat a bright display, can you? 


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That tricky chap time, moves ahead so fast, that you really need your memories of places and people to restore the  equilibrium of life.


In the followiing poem a Dad muses about his son and his life ahead. Did my Dad think these thoughts? I reckon so.Ode


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" Cheltenham Expects------- Remember, whatever they tell you, there are NO  positives in defeat. COYR."


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And that, as the paper said to the chips 'about wraps it up for the week.'

Cheerio
Ck.

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