A few weeks ago, we agreed to lend our home to our daughter Louise, who had been looking for accommodation for her and seven chums who were travelling back to Fairford for a wedding. A sort of Air B&B… but for free!
We planned to go off and visit parts of Gloucestershire that we had not yet seen when I had the idea of going to Gloucester Quays. In my head, this was still the same as it had been last time we visited over 20 years ago – lots of narrow boats and the wonderful architecture of the Victorian warehouses. We booked into a Premier Inn (great family favourite) and then went out to explore. It was marvellous as the area had been much improved and was so romantic!
We sat in a lovely Greek restaurant overlooking the water at just about sunset and watched the lights come on as the remarkable old buildings lit up. Many of the warehouses are now rather posh apartments and we could watch and hear the sailing boats, narrow boats and barges jingling in the breeze. It did feel quite Mediterranean until the squall that was threatened arrived. I know we had received puzzled looks when we arrived in long waxed coats and wide brimmed hats, but these changed to knowing smiles as the rain came across and down in torrents!
I am adding a couple of cross stitch charts to this post as I thought you might like them. If you do not know how to do counted embroidery check you will find all you need to know in this guide.