Friday 13 October
A day visit with Flic, Gary and Cody to this folly overlooking the Worcestershire town of Broadway.
First stop the cafe for lunch followed by a walk to the Privately owned tower which is somewhere I had been as a child at a Scout Camp at nearby Stanway all those years ago.
The cafe is not particularly large but there were enough tables to house a German family, some American tourists and some Japanese tourists but does have a large outside seating area.
Today though is too windy, even though it is 20C, remarkable for mid October.
A short walk up the road to the tower past some deer with a seated Red Buck admiring his harem.
Sal stays with the pram whilst the rest of us go up, passing through rooms with Curtains and wallpaper designed by William Morris, another floor about the history of the folly and one about the nearby listening post used for military purposes.
Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown. His vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798. [this paragraph from the tower’s website https://broadwaytower.co.uk/history/ ]
Wonderful views out over the countryside from the top but it is so windy!
We now head for Honeyborne where there is a little zoo, café and shop, perhaps something for Cody when he is older.
We say goodbye to Flic, Gary & Cody who head off home and we head for Gloucester Water Park and the de Vere hotel there for a special celebration.
Saturday 14 October
50th Wedding anniversary celebrations with Phillip & Sylvia – ours is not far behind (in numbers) but we do share the same day.
We have been invited to a meal at the de Vere hotel to celebrate with their family and close friends. Some of their friends we have met before and of course the family we know well although have not seen them for a few years.
The morning was spent driving around some of the Cotswold villages we had not been too before including Bibury, a place where many tourists go for the picturesque houses – so many tourists, how do the locals cope.
A lovely evening meal with a magician for entertainment and a “slide show” of some family photos spreading over many years, some of which included us.
We had found some photos of us all together and much to their daughter Andrea’s delight, we had managed to unearth one they hadn’t been able to find.
Sunday 15 October
Back on the late ferry from Liverpool, not as rough as was expected bearing in mind the following day we were hit by the ex Hurricane Ophelia.
Off on our next adventure soon.