Monday, 3 November 2014

A Free Half Term Treat in the Cotswolds

I am very lucky to have a friend with a lovely cottage in the Cotswolds so occasionally we are able to have a mini-break. It's big enough to sleep even my larger than usual family and has enough chairs for us to all sit down to eat together too!

The cottage was free during half term so I asked my friend if we could have a one night sleepover there. Daddy had to work but luckily DS#1 and his girlfriend (FDIL) managed to wangle some time off to come with us. It made the thought of herding five children around a busy tourist area in half term much more attractive!

madmumof7's family at Bourton-On-The-Water

My children are creatures of habit so when I told them we were going to the cottage, the first thing they asked was if they could paddle in the shallow water at Bourton-on-the-Water- again! Since this activity is free I was happy to agree - any excuse to visit this lovely town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds!

I did think it might be a bit chilly but we were blessed with a gorgeous day with very mild temperatures. It all looked good as the children changed into waterproof clogs or wellies (I left the choice up to them) and they excitedly stepped into the water.

ARGHHHH!


child paddling in cold water

Colder than they expected! Still they are a hardy bunch and supervised by FDIL (Future Daughter-in-law) they meandered up the river to the centre of town where lots of excited foreign tourists took pictures of the mad English children paddling in the icy cold water surrounded by curious ducks.

paddling in the river at Bourton-in-the-Water, Cotswolds

Reaching the centre of town I insisted they exit the water (bright red feet a bit of a giveaway as to exactly how cold it was despite their protests that they were fine) and towelled them off.

Their big brother announced that he would treat them to sweets in the nearby Old Fashioned Sweet Shop and after choosing what to have in their little paper bags (which only took about half an hour much to the disgust of the poor lady serving us) we had a wander round the shops then we headed back to the cottage for tea.


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13 comments:

  1. Looks like you had such a fab time! Love the pictures as well

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  2. I love Bournton-on-the-water, but have never paddled in it! Maybe because it always looked so cold and the one time we came during the summer, it was actually packed. #whatsthestory.

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    1. Be brave next time. We went in the summer too and it was busy but they still paddled. No one seems to mind

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  3. Lovely there! I wish we can visit this place. So near and yet so far! Thanks for sharing lovely photos =) #whatsthestory

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    1. Worth a trip one day - so many nice places to visit

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  4. Oh sounds right up my boys' street - cold water and sweets. I'm not far from the Cotswolds you'll have to let us know next time you visit.

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  5. We love Bourton in the Water and only about 20 mins away so go quite frequently. N's not brave enough to go in the water yet, but he loves watching all the other children in it.

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    1. I think my little one was reassured by going in with his older siblings.

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  6. Hello there, this is just up the road from us and it's a lovely part of the world-I went in the river when I was little but haven't been brave enough to go back since, perhaps it's time I did! Really enjoyed your post x #magicmoments

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    1. Thankyou. I went in when we visited in summer but was not keen this time!

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  7. Sounds like a great time for all! Kids are usually so easy to amuse.

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