Monday, January 16, 2012

Pub Grub

So if you are wondering what I have been eating since moving to England, fear not, I will be posting recipes from my new kitchen shortly, but when we go out the selection is not exactly wide, as we are out in the country.  But the selection of English pubs is good and we have tried a few thus far.  This past weekend we went to the area of Charlecote (where the Queen used to have a summer home.)  We had lunch at the Boar's Head pub, good beer and fries (I mean chips) so it was dubbed "good."

A peek a boo view of the Charlecote church
Pub entrance
What you can always find in England....good beer
Fish, chips and peas 
My husband had a sandwich with fried egg (note eggs here in the Midlands are excellent as most people own their own chickens)
Charlecote has a beautiful gated park that is home to herds of deer (as pictured in the distance here)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Upon Avon

Random car parked with random sheep wandering onto the road

Trying to get out and about when there is sun, we took a day trip to visit an old windmill near the village of Chesterton.  And later onto Stratford Upon Avon for a beautiful walk.

Sheep hanging out right off the road
Windmill from afar

A telephone booth, I couldn't resist the tourist picture
While the barges seemed shut, I had never seen such a thing, food and such sold off a barge sitting on the Avon
Art gallery barge, again on the Avon
A sheet of ice remained on the Avon, where some birds were walking about
Lots of families out, feeding bread to the birds who live on the Avon

Old English store fronts

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The High Barn

The High Barn sunrise

So it has been quite a while since I have posted.  Well, that is due not to the lack of inspiration, but rather lack of time and just pure laziness.  But, I do feel in this instance I have some justification as from the first of the year I have officially relocated to a new country and this past week started my new job.  Coming from the past three months of basically being a gypsy living in a combination of the US, England and Italy I had to get my life back on a regular schedule.  So from the beaches of Orange County and suburbs of Los Angeles I am now here in the Midlands of England....big change!  While the landscapes are quite different they are still beautiful non-the-less.  Here a few pictures of the rental home we are living in, "The High Barn." (Houses in England either have a house number or in our case a house name, cute eh?)

Our house name plate
Entrance to the High Barn (we live in a collection of barn conversions, so no not all this is mine to clean!)
Side yard of The High Barn
Some type of berry....have no idea what it is, but you don't eat it....pretty though

Courtyard of converted barns

The High Barn front
Converted garages
Backyard of The High Barn
Our neighbor has three very well fed sheep, who aren't quite as nimble as the farmers sheep behind our yard