Yesterday was a day spent with the family in the Cotswolds. It’s lovely to leave the city every now and then for outdoor space, fresh air and a leisurely pace.
We drove first to the picturesque village of Woodstock, near Oxford. The cottage above was the dwelling of Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer, the famed author of The Canterbury Tales.
Quaint, postcard pretty stone cottages lined the village, surrounded by floral blooms.
We stopped over at Blenheim palace for an hour or so. The architecture and grounds were magnificent. We even managed to conquer those beguiling garden maze in good time.
An onward drive brought us deeper into the countryside, towards Daylesford organic farm in Kingham, Gloucestershire.
It was a beautiful farm with a wonderful cafe serving up the organic food harvested from its fields. There was also a cookery school, a store selling the farm’s fresh produce and even a spa retreat.
The kids were excited because we were going strawberry picking. It was a lovely warm day with a cool breeze, unlike the sweltering heat of the previous days.
The strawberries we picked were red and lusciously sweet. We have since made strawberry smoothies for breakfast and this evening we made layered Eton Mess in Mason jam jars.
These Heritage tomatoes of mismatched shapes and colours were simply delicious. We had them for dinner last night with a small splashing of extra virgin olive oil and black pepper.
The freshly baked chocolate Brioche loaf bought from Daylesford went down a treat with the kids for breakfast.
Whilst in Woodstock, I spotted this cool lifestyle store called Blue Dog and Sought. They stocked brands like La Cerise sur le gateau, House Doctor and had a vast collection of MT washi tape.
They also sold many of the colourful products from Rice, like this vibrant green metal stool which caught my eye.