Flora and Fauna

What with my big dreams of living the life in New York or California, I often forget the benefits of living in the centre of the Cotswolds.

Cheltenham is a relatively large town, nestled in it’s own little cove, surrounded by your more traditional towns like Cirencester, Broadway, Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold etc. These are great little places if you want a little purity and remove yourself from the hustle and bustle.

Myself and Alan have recently been taking advantage of these surroundings. The other week we went on a trip to Cotswold Water Park in Cirencester. When I say Water Park, I don’t mean a swimming pools, slides and wave machines. Cotswold Water Pater is made up of numerous lakes where you can go sailing, swimming, kayaking and little hideaways where you can simple chill and have a BBQ. Which is exactly what we did.

It was a bit of a last minute decision so I rustled up some homemade burgers, a salad and some melon for after. We went on our way, with my rusty directions, not forgetting to pick up a throw away BBQ from Sainsbury’s.

We found a nice little spot by the lake, with some handy rocks to place the BBQ on. Even though it’s believed barbecuing is the man’s job, I some how ended up in charge.

Last night I made a lovely Jalfrezi Curry, which we both ate way too much of. As the guilt set in, we decided to drive the car up to Crickley Hill and go for a walk. It’s the perfect setting as you are right on top of Cheltenham, giving amazing views of the town and surrounding areas.

We went home feeling a little less full and ready for a bit of Hell’s Kitchen. Mmm Gordon Ramsay…

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