I think I mentioned that Sudeley Castle is chock full of history, I love walking the grounds of these places, the gardens where royalty and people from our past have walked before, it's somehow very calming.
Katherine Parr lived and died here, although it seems that for a time her coffin was lost.
Bu thankfully she was given a final and fitting resting place in the church of St Mary in the castle grounds.
The church outside
You cannot take photos of the rooms in the castle which are still used by the family, which is understandable but you can take photos of the other rooms and the exhibitions.
(These were took on my phone so the quality is not too good)
The ceiling in Katherine Parr's room
How about this for a loo, lol
The exhibitions were of Henry VIII and his wives, Richard III and a replica of his skeleton
and this reconstruction commissioned by Lady Ashcombe
There were many lovely samplers and tapestries too
These were nice additions around the grounds
And I wouldn't mind this view from my back garden wall either!
There is also a pheasantry with quite exotic looking birds, I only managed to catch a snap of two.
This beautiful coloured one
And this rather stern looking one
I found plenty to do for the rest of the week too. I decided to stick with the Cotswolds and took a ride out to Chipping Norton on Wednesday, which was a nice little town with quite a few shops, including this knitting shop which had a wonderful selection of yarns, I didn't buy anything though, I was very good :-)
It was still early afternoon so I took a trip over to Chipping Campden.
Now this was a proper Cotswolds village.
When you think of the Cotswolds you think of thatched cottages, right?
Lovely isn't it?
But then you turn round and see this.
Have you ever seen anything so pretty!
And a little closer, can you see the two birds on the roof? I think that each thatcher has his own trademark and birds must be this particular craftsman's trademark, (there was a fox on another roof).
I could quite happily have stayed on that corner and sighed over this house for hours, I reluctantly walked away before they called the police.
The village itself was very nice although quite busy with traffic because it was picking up from school time, I noticed a couple of nice place that were serving afternoon tea so perhaps a visit back there soon will be on the cards :-)
Church on the high street
Clear blue skies made a perfect afternoon
I had a little wander around some of the side streets and all the houses were so pretty with lovely colourful displays in their gardens, I loved all these Dalia's, so pretty!
I could have stayed much longer looking around, well worth a visit.
I was on my travels again on Thursday, this time I had some company in the form of the little dude and we went to the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.
We both loved the penguins who put on a great show diving in the water, i took a video on my phone but for some reason it won't load up onto my computer.
Oliver was obsessed with sharks that day
But Nanny loved the turtle.
They have one of those tunnel type of things that you walk through and everything is swimming around and above you, very good, i was mesmerised, but by that time Oliver was already thinking about what soft toy he was going to buy from the shop!
I'm quite pleased I got a good, (considering it was taken on my phone) photo of the turtle
Normal service has been resumed this morning with me back in the office, although weather wise I think I chose a great week, this morning was all change, it was dark and raining when I went out and there is a definite change in the air tonight.
It's a 3 day working week for me, I have Wednesday and Thursday off, nothing planned as yet, I might just have a Gilmore Girl fest with my feet up on the sofa if nothing else calls to me :-)
If you got to the end of this looooong post, thank you, I know I go on a bit sometimes, lol
Hoping to post a stitching and knitting update next time :-)