I love seeing wild daffodils and here in Gloucestershire we have an area known as the Golden Triangle, where once they flowered so profusely, that they were picked commercially. Nowadays, they are less common, but fortunately there are still some areas where you can enjoy them.
I thought I would take a peek at the snowdrops at Cerney House Gardens, near Cirencester, in Gloucestershire this week – they have been flowering for weeks now and guessed they wouldn’t be around too much longer.
The Gloucestershire village of Elkstone is one of the highest villages in the Cotswolds and is situated half way between Cirencester and Cheltenham.
The half-timbered lych-gate at St Mary’s church, Painswick in Gloucestershire, looking pretty with the crocuses blooming in the sunshine today. The churchyard is world-famous for its 99 clipped yew trees.
Painswick is sometimes referred to at ‘The Queen of the Cotswolds’ and is a photographer’s paradise.
The BBC drama, The Casual Vacancy based on a story by JK Rowling, is partly set in the village of Painswick.
This is an extraordinary house – Indian in style, yet built of Cotswold stone and set among the Cotswold hills. It was built c1805 for the Cockerell family (a descendant of diarist Samuel Pepys’s nephew).
John Betjeman, who visited as a student, mentions Sezincote in his poem ‘Summoned by Bells’: “Down the drive, Under the early yellow leaves of oaks… the bridge, the waterfall, the Temple Pool and there they burst on us, the onion domes.”