After London, we spent a week in the Cotswolds. It was a welcome break from dreary, busy London. It was still dreary in the country but blissfully quiet. I guess I’m not as much of an urbanite as I thought!
We stayed in a stone cottage in the village of Nailsworth, known for its historical mills and…not sure what else really! We went there on a bit of a lark. I had never seen the English countryside though and it did not disappoint. The surrounding scenery made me feel like I was on the set of an English period film, and we all really enjoyed walking the footpaths into town. The fall foliage was just outta this world intense with color.
It was damp and cold for the most part so we stayed indoors much of the time building fires in the fireplace, discovering new pubs (well, new to us – some of them dated back to the late 1500s!) and taking muddy walks. Thankfully the family who owns the cottage had rain boots that magically fit us all.
We also took a day trip to Bath, where we had a proper old school afternoon tea. And while Theo and Rafe explored the Roman baths, I had the pleasure of going to a real bathhouse with natural hot springs. When in Bath…
The quiet time gave us some time to rest up before our long journey to South Africa (where we are now) and also allowed to us think a little deeper about next steps, including our return. While we were there, we were offered a spot at a good preschool near our house–a miracle I didn’t think would happen–so we decided to accept it.
Truth be told, we had also talked about taking the rest of the year to continue traveling but we do miss everyone at home and think Theo would do well to be around peers. So, we decided to return, just a little later than we had initially planned. We’ll miss the holidays but we’ll be back in mid-January, in time for Theo to start at his new preschool, his 4th (!) birthday, and settling back into life in San Francisco.