In 2006, we brought Andrew and Melanie to England … and to the Tower!
In addition to our kids, Julian and Jenny have their first son, Sam, with them – so being able to spend a little time playing around at the Country Park is a welcome diversion for a bit. The swings under the trees, laughing, and just spending time together made this another great day on what ended up being a perfect vacation for us.
But with the appeal of the Tower so close, we head across the short walk towards our destination!
If it’s possible, today’s weather was even more spectacular than it was when we visited in 2001! The blue skies, perfect temperatures, and a MUCH reduced breeze could not have been scripted any better.
Photographic as ever, the afternoon lighting really made the traditional Cotswold Stone exterior glow with that soft yellowish limestone color that I’ve come to love so much. Since we have a bit more time today than on the previous visits, I make a point of circling the base of the Tower.
Looking up at the turrets and balconies does give an impressive view, and makes me wonder if Lady Coventry was, indeed, satisfied with her husband’s efforts to answer her question.
I would hope so … it’s really very imposing on the hillside.
Climbing up the interior spiral staircase, Andrew, Melanie, and I arrive at the top of the Tower and take in the stunning Cotswolds views. Today’s haze kept the longest views from us, but from past experience, if the air is clear, you can see all the way to Wales from this vantage point.
I could *just* see the Malvern Hills – aka the “Hills of Doom ™!” from our previous day’s hike! I’ll write about those in another journal. 🙂
As he stands below us, Julian and I have an obligatory conversation about looking for a holy drinking relic, my having one already, and requesting that he leave before I impose my stinging repartee on him again.
We amuse ourselves.
While the “Mad Sheep” aren’t nearby, there are a number of the local red deer that live on the premises. They, and the Highland Cattle, are almost as much of a comforting presence as being at the Tower itself.
Back at the park, there’s a great log on which to climb. Of course everyone plays on it. Natural toys are, sometimes, the best toys.
Oh … and there was a guy with an iguana. Cool, but … yeah.
Oh – and, while I’ve not actually been down in it, there is a decommissioned Nuclear Bunker at the Tower site. Built during the Cold War, it was used to monitor and report the effects of nuclear explosions/tests. Closed in 1991, it’s been restored now as a (quite compact looking) historic relic that can be seen by climbing down the ladder at the very small-looking surface access point.