Day 7c: Oakleigh House
Chipping Campden is yet *another* “perfect Cotswold village” with shops, cottages, churches, and a really interesting structure in the center of town. The “Market Hall”, built in 1627, was used by local farmers as their fresh produce market. A “medieval Whole Foods Market”, if you will:
A quick jaunt up High Street (and some more of the ever-present flowers) later… we’re off to John and Marianne’s:
It really is a beautiful house, placed on a multi-acre wooded setting out in the middle of nowhere (this will come into play later):
We’re going to be spending the afternoon/evening here eating and drinking… John’s prepared a *LOT* of meat for the grill, and there’s a more-than-ample supply of some fantastic local ales and bitters in the *huge* refrigerator!!!! After a tour about the house, Kathy and Melanie wanted to go see the horses next door. It turns out that it’s a show jumping stable owned by a former member of the Australian Olympic show-jumping team. After John calls to see if it’s okay, Kathy, Mel, Jenny, and I walk up the road to the stables.
Melanie got to see the facilities, including a hedge-lined arena, the horse stables (with horses!), and talk with Bill (the aforementioned Aussie) for a few minutes:
He’s a certified pilot who is in the process of interviewing with British Airways for a commercial position!
So, while things are cooking, we relax!
Dinner’s ready… let’s eat!
And… in a weird coincidence… they had a power outage, so we used the grill to bake the desert! Grilled pie anyone?
But then… out of the darkness… comes a blood curdling scream!
( you’ll just have to wait for the next entry: THE STEPS OF DOOM!)