The weather has changed for the better this last week and it tempted me to do a couple of outings. On Wednesday I took a drive to Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury is a Tudor town with some lovely buildings, a great range of shops and a lovely indoor market too. I did look in a couple of shops as the town itself wasn't too busy but my intention was to grab some lunch and visit the park.
The Quarry Park is 29 acres and has been a place of recreation in Shrewsbury since the 16th century and is still well used today. This is just a small section but In the distance you have the town, and behind me is the river Severn, to the left is a large children's playground and a splash pool, which was full of children enjoying this sunny day.
At the heart of the park is The Dingle which was cultivated by the famous Percy Thrower who was also Superintendent of the park for 28 years. It is the most peaceful place and although at the moment there is a one way system in place was not it the least busy. There is a section that is still closed off and the benches have been removed due to Covid but the space is still amazing.
My other trip out today was to Bourton-on-the-Water, probably one of the best known and more popular Cotswold villages. As Saturday was another scorcher it was busy, but again I didn't go to look in shops.
The river Windrush runs through the middle of the village and it has a number of tiny bridges, the water is really shallow and so people congregate on the grass banks and use the river to paddle in.
As you can see, it was very very busy so I didn't hang around where the crowds were.
There are houses running right along the river bank, very pretty houses, but I'm not sure I would like crowds of people right outside my garden taking photos of my house all the time.
(ok, I'm one of those people 😅)
I walked further back from the main village which was much quieter.
All the houses are built from the same Cotswold stone, it really is such a pretty place and I think when you imagine an English village this is what you think of.
Every house seems to have a beautiful cottage garden and I just loved this one with all the alliums
And then as if all those house's weren't pretty enough, walk another hundred yards or so and you have all this wonderful countryside!
I did another blog post about Bourton-on-the-Water in October 2011, when we had a heatwave. You can find that HERE