Sunday, September 11, 2005

Cotswolds 2: Damp and damper

With weather somewhat improved, we head for some of the more picture-skew Cotswold towns. First stop is Burford, with its verrye olde alms-houses, the doorways barely reaching my shoulder.

A local pub restaurant is segregated into dog and no-dog areas, but the dog area is full of well-entrenched drinkers. The owner announces that Bondi is too pretty to be evicted and makes a table for us in the no-dog area, and Bondi settles down on the floor. Great lunch of salmon & cod cakes!

Next stop is Stow-on-the-Wold, famous for something-or-other. We browse through a few "antique fairs" aka bric-a-brac rooms.

Final stop is Bourton-on-the-Water which a postcard had promised was the "Venice of the Cotswolds". I hoped that would include a Doge's Palace of the Cotswolds, but found only a very shallow canal with occasional bridges and a brace of twee scone-o-mats.

A quick turn on the piano when I got home. It's out of tune and the action is choppier than a budget Bruce Lee remake, but after 3 months without one it's a joy nonetheless.

More Newsradio on DVD, then the director's cut of the horror film Donnie Darko. I found that I preferred the less-linear theatrical cut, but it's still a hugely entertaining and moving flick.

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