Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Other Side

It is 5 minutes past 1:00 pm. I step out of my dreary one bedroom apartment after ages. The February air is still chilly but the sun is out today and I can feel the sunshine caress the back of my bare neck. I suddenly realize my hair is still up in a bun, knotted, tangled from the many sleepless nights; an unweeded garden, not just my hair, my entire being. I remember Hamlet's soliloquy,
 How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable 
  Seem to me all the uses of this world! 
  Fie on't! ah, fie! 'tis an unweeded garden 
  That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature 
  Possess it merely.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

#Cotswolds - Exploring the English Countryside #PhotoFriday

Cotswold is an area in the heart of England which is characterized by the quintessential English villages, that are famous for their antique shops, pubs, tea shops, cobbled streets and pretty cottages. The majority of the Cotswold lies in Gloucestershire but it expands to over five other counties: Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire, Warwickshire - thus making the task of exploring the entire region impossible in a single visit.

In late December we set out on a short road trip to explore the English countryside and narrowed down the list of towns that we wanted to visit to - Stow-on-the-Wold, Lower Slaughter and Upper Slaughter, Burton-on-the-Water and Chipping Camden.

If I can describe this trip in one word, it would be 'magical'. I felt as if time had stood still and we had been transported into a storybook. Peeking inside the golden-brown hued stone cottages, all I wanted to do was get in, sit with a huge mug of hot chocolate at the foot of a stool beside the fireplace and read a classic, like perhaps Wuthering Heights which describes the wild landscapes so hauntingly. Sigh!