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Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Beauty of Batsford

Lasat week The Dearly Beloved needed cheering up and he's very keen on trees so we went to Batsford Arboretum. We love Batsford and to get there we drive along the lovely Fosse Way. The Fosse Way is the 230 mile long Roman road which links Exeter (Dumnoniorum) to Lincoln (Lindum Colonia) and Fosse comes from the Latin word Fossa which means ditch. The road may have run alongside the ditch or ultimately been built over the ditch. No-one is sure but for the first few decades after the Roman invasion in AD43 this marked the Western frontier of Roman rule in Iron Age Britain.

Batsford is situated one and a half miles outside Moreton in the Marsh. Moreton is a pretty Cotswold town awash with honey-coloured buildings, antique shops and tea rooms. On Tuesdays there is a traditional market. But we were there to see the trees. And they didn't disappoint. I wish that I was a better photographer but this is a taste of what we saw.







 
 

 
 


It was all so peaceful and beautiful.

We walked and we talked and we sat on this bench and drank coffee laced with Frangelico and ate chocolate. (If you've never tried Frangelico I highly recommend it. It's a hazelnut liqueur produced in Italy and comes in a great bottle too - modelled in the form of a Franciscan friar).



Sometimes all you need is a day out, doing something different, maybe on your own or with people you love. Sometimes that's all it takes to cheer you up, to get back on track.





We came home feeling re-invigorated and happy, just from one short day. How brilliant is that?

So I'll finish with this song which was first written and recorded in 1944. Johhny Mercer's lyrics may go back a long way but to 'Ac-Cen-Tchu-Ate the Positive' is still a pretty good thing to try and do.

 
Next week I plan to write about what you can learn from looking at your feet!

7 comments:

  1. What beautiful autumnal colours...absolutely divine.....no wonder you came back invogorated and happy!

    What a lovely day sampling simple pleasures....

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    1. Thank-you Bridget. The colours were even better than it shows on the photos. You are right - simple pleasures are often the best.

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  2. I love trees too but I've never heard of Batsford Arboretum. We may have to go and check it out before the final leaves fall. Glad it cheered you both up :-)

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    1. Oh Ros, you must go to Batsford. There's a bird of prey centre too, although we didn't do that this time. Since we last went they have built a new place to eat with a big balcony where you can sit outside when it's warm enough and look at the trees or you can nip into Moreton to one of the lovely tea rooms.

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  3. Hi Alex, your images are beautiful! I love autumn trees, I can never get enough of their wonderful colours, and the smell of the leaves is wonderful.

    I've been to Moreton a time or two, we stay on a fabulous caravan site there, just around the corner from lots of lovely pubs and tea rooms, but i've never visited Batsford Arboretum. It is on my list for next October now...

    Thank you for sharing.


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  4. Hi Maria, Thank-you for you kind comments about my photos. Always wish I could do better! I think Batsford is a bit of a hidden gem. It's not that far away but so many people haven't even heard of if. You don't even have to wait until next autumn. It's gorgeous in the Spring too.

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  5. Now theres a thought...Spring is my second best season. Love it when the bulbs are in full bloom.

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