The beauty of the English Countryside is best enjoyed on foot. Taking walks along paths and discovering the natural beauty and listening to the sounds and feeling the breeze in the air are truly uplifting to me. Photos capture the scene but walking the countryside implants the experience in your heart to forever relive the moment in your mind. I practice meditation and reflect my holiday memories as my focus.I sit quietly and close my eyes and feel the memory come into vision. Walking through a path from Bourton on the Water to Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter provided me with beautiful refections to treasure.
After a lovely English breakfast we sat with our inn keepers and asked for a local destination to go by foot. They suggested the Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter that could be reached by a path nearby and about a three mile walk to the Mill.
We set out for the path and stopped to take the photo below at the gate. Once again just being out in the open Countryside on foot made the experience for me a complete feeling of freedom! My mind had no worries only to breath the air and take in the beautiful scene around. As we walked further we came upon a horse out grazing and we walked over to introduce ourselves and a lovely couple took our picture!
As we continued our walk we heard Church bells in the distance and remarked how perfect the moment felt with the sound of the bells. It was like experiencing a beautiful dream with the scenery and soundtrack in sync. The Church came into view and once again something out of a storybook set in past years . They were preparing for a wedding, as we saw tables being set with white cloths and centerpieces of bright colored flowers being put in place. I was hoping to see the Bride when I heard a group of men behind us and realized it was the Groom and his Groomsmen. They had on Morningcoats and walked the path to the church. I tried to get a quick photo to capture the idyllic scene.
Of course by now if you could read my thoughts I already was planning that my Husband and I coul renew our vows here in that same church and with that happy thought continued on. We next passed a group of people on horseback and more beautiful Cottages.
I left this image large as I wanted everyone to savor such a simple beautiful scene. My thought was to jump the fence and sit on that bench and hopefully the owner would come out and join me and perhaps we could share a cup of tea! A pleasant daydream on a fabulous day deep in the English Countryside...doesn't get better than this!
Upon reaching the Mill we sat down for a little rest before going into the Museum and gift shop. I took a few pictures of a sweet dog that was playing with his owner and fetching a stick they threw in the water.
After a visit to the Museum and purchasing some pretty linens and beautiful cards we started our walk back to our B&B. We enjoyed afternoon Tea that day and shared stories with other house guests.
Here is one of the beautiful gardens of a home on our way back.
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