Last week we had planned an escape into the country but on Friday when we woke it seemed debatable whether or not we would actually leave home. Overnight snow made us ponder the wisdom of setting out and to review our options. Our plan was to travel to Abbots Morton a small village near Stratford in Worcestershire. It was only just over a couple of hours journey so we didn't need to set off until after lunch giving Martyn time to check our route on the Internet (wonderful things motorway cameras!) After being fairly certain that we would arrive safely, soon after lunch we set off. In the event when we arrived at our destination there was no snow at all - that waited until we arrived as Saturday morning we woke up to this view from our bathroom window.
Fortunately the country roads were clear and so we could stock up at a nearby farm shop.
Monday we ventured out to visit Hidcote - a garden we had visited one summer. We wanted to see how it compared in winter mode - especially this winter (Oops it's spring isn't it?) In the event they were closed presumably due to the weather
So it was back to our rented cottage and a walk in the biting cold around the village where we spotted these brave little plants flowering in the grass verges.
Tuesday we headed for for Stratford to Anne Hathaway's Cottage where I managed a quick photo from over the hedge - we couldn't go into the garden as dog's weren't allowed.
Back to the village for another walk but this time it was so cold that the dog was reluctant to come with us. We left her in the warm whilst we ventured out - in fairness we had several layers of clothing to try to keep us a bit warmer.
The cottage where we stayed was once a post office but all that remains to hint at its past life is a post box set into the wall. See Martyn's blog here for a different photo.
The cottage is a grade II listed building and hit the headlines in 1981 when the post office cat saw off a couple of would-be robbers! Good job our dog didn't know that or she could have had nightmares!
More tomorrow bet you can't wait