We left London three days ago. Michael flew back to New York to spend the rest of his summer break with his girlfriend and we rented a car and headed north to visit relatives. I'll post later about the experience of driving on the left side of the road!
Our first stop was Calcot Manor, a charming little cottage just outside of Tetbury in the Cotswolds. We spent two days here.
We stayed in the Malmesbury Suite. The master suite was downstairs and the kids' room was upstairs. We had our own little enclosed/fenced garden. This really was the most quaint place I've even been. From the mossy roof shingles to the sweet little chirps of the baby birds calling to their mothers. I could live here forever, I think!
While we were here, we visited Andrew's Aunt, Uncle and Cousin in Chipping Norton. We had a nice visit while the girls played in the garden - watering the many beautiful flowers. Later, they found an assortment of old toys that their Daddy also played with as a child. It was fun to imagine all the little hands that have held these over the years.
More photos on flickr in our Calcot Manor and Chipping Norton sets
Yesterday, we headed to Yorkshire to visit more family. I'll post more on flickr and here about that later. Today, we're visiting the old family farm and I hope to also catch a glimpse of James Herriot's veternary practice.