More visits from Tewkesbury

Another place that we visited from Tewkesbury was Bourton on the water. Such a picturesque place, though much more commercialised than we remember it. Whilst we were there, we couldn’t miss a visit to the model village, which is an exact replica of the town.

This is the model village

These were taken in the town itself

These were taken outside the motoring museum

The Brecon Beacons

One day we went on a narrow gauge steam train in the Brecon Beacons. I had booked this for Daves birthday present in July and even though there were several steam train rides closer to where we were staying, I chose this one because of the outstanding scenery. We were slightly disappointed though as most of the scenery was obliterated by trees so we didnt see much at all.

September pinchicks challenge

This months challenge is a little lat4e because we were travelling for the past 2 days. I have also cheated a little AGAIN! as this is my invitations for our vow renewal, which have been made for a few weeks but I didnt want to show them until they had been posted, so I saved them for this month.

The whole invitation was not from pinchicks, just the design inside. I wanted something simple but elegant and not too weddingy. The colours that I am having are ivory, pink and gold and a biscuit colour for the mens trousers and the theme is butterflies. I got some A4 sheets of ivory pearlised card with a golden sheen. The basic idea of the layout came from a wedding fayre that my daughter in law took me to in Plymouth last year.

I took each sheet and scored and folded it into three, making a trifold card. I them had to work out the wording and resize it so that it fitted onto the top third inside.

The next step was to take one of my keepsake boards and emboss a double scalloped edge along the top and bottom and cut around them. I then used self adhesive pink sparkly gems along both top and bottom edges. I used a gold peel off INVITATION in the centre and 2 gold sparkly butterflies which i had punched out. That was the front finished.img_7056

Now I had to think of an idea for the inside. I wanted to attach both sides of the bottom third of the card to form a pocket, into which I could put an RSVP card, but I wanted a design that would fit into the bottom fold so I turned to pinterest ( you can find this on my pinterest under vow renewal)  This one was simple but effective.

First I took some gold crocheting thread and using the ds tape alone each side, crossed it over slightly off centre. I then stuck the sides down and finished off with another gold butterfly.


The final stage was to make the RSVP cards. I printed the RSVP on the pearlised side so that it would show over the top of the bottom pocket and on the reverse side is room for names, whether or not they will be able to make it and their choice of menu.

Other members of the pinchicks challenge


Just Catching Up

We ate now on the last leg of our holiday and arrived in Brittany this morning to spend a week here looking after an assortment of animals. For the last 2 weeks, we have been travelling around and internet access has been sketchy to say the least, hence the absence of posts. I will try to remedy this over the next few days.

This post will cover the rest of our stay in Tewkesbury.

First of all, the growth of the newly hatched doves.


The doves grew like weeds. within a couple of days they were all beak. A fact which, I am told, is for feeding. The babies feed the mothers milk by putting their beak into her open beak and she regurgitates her milk for them to drink.

In about a week, they had their eyes open and despite their rapid growth, the dedicated mother still tried to sit on them, but not for much longer as they were just too big. By the time we left there , they were about 10 days old and already their feathers were turning white.

It was an eventful 3 weeks as we lost 2 doves because their mother lost interest in them, two hatched, one bird abandoned its nest and eggs and when we left another was sitting on eggs.

Stratford Upon Avon

One day, we decided to visit Stratford. The weather was good and there were lots of people there but I was lucky enough to get a photo of William Shakespeares house with no people in the frame.


Here are a couple more photos that I took in Stratford

The same day we visited a steam railway in the area

Vow Renewal Update

Since we have been here in England, we have got lots done for this. First, we ordered my new wedding ring. We should get that before we leave Tewkesbury. Dave has chosen the shirts for the men and has bought himself a new pair of shoes for the occasion. I too have managed to get some shoes and a foundation garment which leaves me feeling like a sausage which has been squeezed into its skin. Two month after we get home in which to seriously lose some weight before we are off on our cruise.

We have also got all the gifts for bridesmaids etc. Invitations are here with us, all finished ( I will post photos when they have all been posted , which will be the end of the month, just before we leave this country)

Just need a hat, headdress, fascinator or whatever for myself and then when we get home I seriously need to get on with making some more flowers. We have an appointment to see the vicar on 14th November. Time seems to be flying by now and it is all coming together nicely.

Birth and Death

For a few days we had a baby dove who was not right. To start with, it was on the floor and couldn’t get back up to its ledge. I emailed Christine and she told me to pick it up and put it back on the ledge. I did this 3 times but each time, the next time I went in, it was back on the floor again. It beats me how it managed to get down there as , in the end it barely had the strength to lift its head up. I suspect that when it first fell or flew to the floor, the mother stopped feeding it. anyway, the day before yesterday I found that it had died. The same day, I realised that one of the two birds that were sitting on eggs had abandoned the eggs. This morning though I went in and found egg shells on the floor. I thought they had thrown the abandoned ones out but no, the other bird who was sitting on eggs, was now sitting on two newly hatched chicks.  I got a perfect view of them but of course, I didnt have my camera with me at the time. Tonight, she obliged by revealing them again for a few seconds but not as good a view as I got earlier. I will keep taking photos of them as and when I can.

First 10 days in Tewkesbury continued


The people who’s pets we are looking after set off on their holiday in the early hours of the morning so we were on our own. In the afternoon, Dave was walking round the garden at the back of the house, looking up at the apples on the tree and missed a step. He fell flat on his face, and of course, he put his hand out to save himself. I wasnt around so he got himself up and round to the front again nursing a very painful thumb. It very quickly swelled up and throbbed all night but being a man, he wouldn’t go straight to the hospital, preferring to anaesthetise it with half a bottle of wine. Next morning we went to the hospital and he had x-rays. They didn’t show up anything broken but they suspected that he had broken a small bone between his thumb and index finger and said it doesn’t always show up straight away due to the swelling. He was sent off with a splint on it and he has to go back on Monday for more x-rays. Since then it continues to give him a lot of pain but he is managing ok, even driving as it is his left hand and he is right handed.

In the afternoon we walked into town, which is a mile and a half at least each way. We went for a look around Tewkesbury Abbey.




Next day we went into Gloucester and did some shopping, and then stayed in for a couple of days because it was raining. This week we have been into town shopping, been back to Gloucester to pick up some things that we had ordered. On Wednesday we went to The Brecon Beacons steam mountain railway. We found it a little disappointing as most of the lovely views were obscured by trees , but here are some of the photos that I took.

Yesterday morning we went to Toddington Steam railway but not on a train, just to have a look.

From there we went on to Stratford upon Avon, where we saw the birthplace of William Shakespeare and also did some shopping

We saw this bike on the pavement outside of a shop.  Shakespeares birthplace.

First 10 days of Our stay in Tewkesbury

I am afraid I have been rather lax about writing my blog since we set off on our travels so now it is time to bring you all up to date.

27th August

We left home at 7am to start our long drive through Spain. We watched the sun come up over Valencia.


As we headed towards the Pyranees, we drove through “jamon” country, where they breed the pigs to make the cured hams that are so popular in Spain. This area is very high up, 1,000 metres, and is dry and flat.


As we get closer to The Pyranees, the terrain changes and the earth becomes and vivid rust colour.


As we get towards the foothills of the mountains, it becomes greener and as this is the first time we have done this route in August, we saw the mountains in different hues to those which we have seen before.

Some of the mountains appeared like slate on the top, whereas they have always been snow capped when we have seen them before.

We drove 510 miles in total that day, stopped 4 times for short breaks and arrived in St Paul le Dax at 6pm for our overnight stay.

Our hotel was alongisde the beautiful Lac De Cristoff, so we stretched our legs by walking all round the lake before we turned in for the night.

August 28th

Today we set off much later , at 9.30am as we didnt have such a long drive. We stayed overnight with our friend, Jane,in Brittany, whose animals we looked after last year and will be looking after again in October.


August 29th

An even shorter journey today, just two and a half hours , so we left at lunchtime and headed for Ouisterham, near Caen, for an overnight stop before out early morning ferry crossing to Portsmouth.

August 30th 

We arrived in Tewkesbury around 6 pm and were taken out for a meal by the people whos  pets we were looking after. The following day we were shown around the house and garden and told what we would have to do for the cat and doves. Nothing too strenuous I might add. The cat, A pedigree silver tabby is gorgeous and really easy to look after. The doves more or less look after themselves.