Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I had the privilege of touring the area known as the Cotswolds. Located about 2 hours west of London, it's a magical place known through history for its sheep and stone. During the Middle Ages, this area was renowned for the excellent wool that was produced by the sheep grazing in the valleys and ravines. Prosperous merchants used the honey-colored stone native to the area to build distinctive manor houses, almshouses, and "wool churches" with their profits. Today the area includes a dozen or so villages that are full of charm and some of the best preserved examples of rural architecture in England. To just introduce you to this area, I'm posting some of the photos that I took in the form of a movie. It was a bit of an experiment this first time. I learned you lose a lot of quality and vibrancy in the process, but at least you'll have a taste of the beauty we experienced in this little movie. I'll post more details in days to come. Hope you enjoy this introduction.