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Such a beautiful place to visit, clean air, autumn colours, gentle hill walking, what’s not to like. Well worth a visit to clear the brain and be thankful of the beauty on our door steps.

The village is also very sweet to while away a little time. There is a well known ice cream shop which I didn’t visit this time, but by all accounts it is very good. I don’t know if they sell vegan ice cream but I’m sure there would be plenty of choice for the ice cream lovers out there.

There are a variety of shops, cafes, pubs, antique shops etc. Also some pretty buildings.

Something for everyone!!

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Witley Court – beautiful ruins

I love this place, I try to go at least once a year. The house and gardens are being renovated by English Heritage and they have just finished a seven month restoration on the main attraction. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain. It is spectacular when it is erupting a huge spout of cascading water over the figures. IMG_1873Everyone gasps as they look down from the ruins and see a truly beautiful site in front of them. The gardens are starting to take shape and is a great safe place for families to have a picnic.

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There are also walks of varying lengths which are not too strenuous for all. There is the old boat house, a play area  and a most magnificent church. To top it off tucked behind the church is a tearoom which serve delicious homemade cakes which you can eat inside or outside under trees.

The history of  Witley Court is fascinating, destroyed by fire and once overrun with bikers at one point, all the information you need to know is on a free audio guide.

Witley Court has a romance about it that draws you back time after time.

So if you are looking for a day out with the family or a walk with the dog I cannot recommend Witley Court enough.IMG_1875

Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford England

If you have never been to this museum you are missing a real treat. There is an incredible amount on artefacts that are displayed all around you. But even better, there is drawer after drawer of hidden treasures for you to explore.

There is so much to see that one trip is not enough, you cannot take in the amount of amazing exhibits From tiny jewels to full sizes totem poles.

I loved the shields but sadly my photographs of these did not turn out. The textures, patterns and materials are wonderful. If you are a designer there is so much inspiration to be seen that you would never be stuck for a starting point.

A great day out for families although the shrunken heads may be a little disturbing but oh so very intriguing.