The Kingfisher Trail

The Kingfisher Trail is an arts trail of 21 kingfisher sculptures decorated by local artists displayed in and around the Cotswolds.

We made a start on the trail, visiting the kingfishers in our local area.


Hopefully we will visit some of the sculptures that are further afield next weekend.

Look out for more photos!


An Abbey, a Steam Train and a Herd of Elephants

Sunday May 9th dawned a beautiful sunny day following a rainy Saturday so we set out for a lovely day in the Cotswolds.

We started near Winchcombe, Cheltenham, at Hailes Abbey. Founded in 1246, this was a centre of monastic life for nearly three centuries.

Not far from the Abbey is Toddington Station on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, a volunteer operated heritage railway. We stopped for lunch (a bacon and sausage bap) at the Flag and Whistle Cafe, just in time to see a train pulled by a steam engine arrive.

After lunch we carried on to Sudeley Castle and Gardens, now the home of Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe, and her family. We were particularly keen to see the 30+ life sized elephant sculptures that have made a trail through the gardens.

The elephants form part of the environmental art campaign, CoExistence, which highlights the loss of biodiversity caused by humans as they encroach on wild spaces across the globe.

It was launched by the conservation charity Elephant Family, set up by Lady Ashcombe’s late husband’s nephew Mark Shand, who dedicated 27 years of his life to saving Asian elephants.

The elephants, part of a 100 strong herd, were created in India by the Adivasi tribal community, and are set to transform London’s Royal Parks into the Nilgiri Hills of Southetn India this summer, before migrating further afield to the USA.

We had a lovely day out, beginning to feel that things are slowly getting back to normal and better times are ahead. We have missed travelling, although we know we were really lucky to get to India and Scotland last year.

Over the next few months we are travelling to the Wirral, Knutsford, Porlock, Norfolk and the Isle of Man so hopefully there will be more posts to look forward to!

Enjoy the new freedoms that are coming,


Sharpness Dock

Today, on the 60th anniversary of the Severn Railway Bridge Disaster, Andy and I went down to the river. The disaster occurred in thick fog. Two barges hit one of the piers on the bridge causing two spans to collapse. Five men died.

While we were there we noticed a ship about to enter the lock and stayed to watch.

The red hull of the Feed Rogaland can be seen.
The lock gates opened lowering the water level in the basin.
You can see how far the water level dropped.
The Feed Rogaland, carrying cement, comes through,
into the Severn and off to sea.

The weather changed suddenly, and dramatically and we rushed through the rain to the car.

Until next time,


I-Spy Cam and Dursley

Members of our community here in Dursley, Gloucestershire, have produced an ‘I-spy’ booklet to encourage families to explore the local area. As we have had our grandson to stay for a few days we went out and about this week, armed with our copy of the book and a pen.

Spotting historic buildings in the town centre.
Into the woods to follow the Sculpture trail.
Fox and cubs designed by children at Dursley Primary School.
Shadows on the trees
Den building
Lion mosaic
Off to the quarry hunting for fossils.
We spotted many different butterflies at the quarry.

Many thanks to the people who produced the book, we spent a very happy three days exploring the area.

Points are given for everything spotted and we scored 1,060!

It was so nice to be able to spend time with family again. Long may this new freedom continue.

Stay safe


Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Slimbridge WWT has recently reopened, with limited numbers, following the latest Government guidelines, to keep staff and visitors safe.

As it is only about 5 miles away we thought it would make a nice day out. After a cloudy start the day brightened up and we enjoyed our visit. The indoor areas were closed, as were the play areas, but with 100 acres of wetlands, with swans, geese, ducks, moor hens, coots, flamingos etc to see, we had plenty to do.

A moor hen family with chick
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
Peter Scott founded the trust in 1946
There are several types of flamingos here. These are Caribbean Flamingos

It is wonderful to see places gradually opening up again. We hope things continue to improve.

Stay safe everyone


Pandemic Picnics

Now we are allowed out a bit more, we like to go for a drive on Sundays and take a picnic. We don’t have to travel far to find beautiful places. This week we went across the River Severn to the Forest of Dean.

It was lovely weather for ducks at Cinderford Linear Park as it started raining.
We moved on to Cannop Ponds where the rain stopped and we had our picnic.
On the way back we stopped by the river looking over to where we live.
the sluice gate

We enjoy our days out but we are looking forward to having days out with friends and family.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend,

Stay safe