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  • "...thank you for such a splendid day in the Cotswolds"
    A.F. - Utah
  • "Thank you for a fabulous tour - you are a brilliant guide - we love you !"
    B & N - Tennessee
  • "... a thousand thanks for showing us around in your wonderful and beautiful country!"
    JL - Flanders, Belgium
  • "... the Cotswold villages and the vistas were spectacular. The pub lunch was delicious and the atmosphere one of a kind"
    N & B A - California
  • "WOW!!! What a way for a Yank to see France!!! Having one of our old Allies the Brits showing the way!!!"
    WC & PC - Alabama
  • "... thank you for the wonderful tour I had with my father to Normandy and Paris!"
    JC - Florida
  • "We say more than we bargained for and then some..."
    C &C - Georgia
  • "... a rather seredipitous click on Google that let me to you and I will forever be grateful for that. What a font of knowledge you are! "
    SM - Philipines
  • "We just want to thank you again for making our vacation so special. We had a great time. Absolutely wonderful! Happy memories!"
    Mike & Jane McCool, Front Royal, VA
  • "You did a fabulous and caring job, making sure our trip was perfect."
    J & A - New York
  • "You put so much heart into what you do..."
    BE, China

Rob Little’s Blog – musings of an English / British Tour Guide where I not only vent about things that “get my goat” but, also, publish lovely photos and eccentric stories about “this Sceptered Isle”!

Each day, the same walk, something different !
Friday, 21st April 2017

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Each day, the same walk, something different – today the new flower out in abundance is the Bluebell ! Bluebells grow best in the shade, usually under trees. They smell wonderful !

Rob Little
Pretending to be a botanist…..
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Bluebells

Bluebells

That old familiar view - the dandelions have already started to replace the daffodils.  Not so colourful but more natural - the daffs had been planted.

That old familiar view – the dandelions have already started to replace the daffodils. Not so colourful but more natural – the daffs had been planted.

Canola or Oil Seed Rape on the left, early wheat on the right !

Canola or Oil Seed Rape on the left, early wheat on the right !

Dandelion

Dandelion

Dandelion gone to seed - ready to blow, to find out the time !

Dandelion gone to seed – ready to blow, to find out the time !

Celandines

Celandines

You'd have thought the people who planted this might have bade an effort to make these look more natural?  As it is they are variegated !

You’d have thought the people who planted this might have bade an effort to make these look more natural? As it is they are variegated !

Oil Seed / Canola !

Oil Seed / Canola !

A little sentiment if I am allowed……my old faithful car in its new home with its new owner – Bulgaria !

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A little sentiment if I am allowed……my old faithful car in its new home with its new owner – Bulgaria !

I was sad to say goodbye to my old Suzuki Grand Vitara with the humping rhinos on the back but happy to receive these photos from the new owner, knowing he made it across Europe to his home country !

Rob Little
British Driver / Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

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Cowslips in the Cotswold countryside yesterday…..

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Cowslips in the Cotswold countryside yesterday…..a much revered English flower and not often seen.

Rob Little
In Cowslip Country
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Birdsong in the churchyard at Bidford-on-Avon !
Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Birdsong in the churchyard at Bidford-on-Avon !

Rob Little
British Driver / Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

Brenda from Bristol HAS HER SAY !

Brenda from Bristol HAS HER SAY !

Rob Little
Love the accent….. :)
Lets Tour England !

…..and whilst on the subject of Thatched Cottages !
Tuesday, 18th April 2017

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…..and whilst on the subject of Thatched Cottages here are some photos from the delightful village of Sandy Lane in Wiltshire !

But I have to say that these pristine houses, once farm workers homes, now cost one million GBP give or take and in all honesty are not typical of the way we live here in the UK.

Nevertheless they are beautiful ?

Rob Little
Too large to live in a cottage…..
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The gate to the cottage garden

The gate to the cottage garden

Appletree Cottage, Sandy Lane

Appletree Cottage, Sandy Lane

Appletree Cottage, Sandy Lane

Appletree Cottage, Sandy Lane

Appletree Cottage, Sandy Lane

Appletree Cottage, Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane

The thatcher is repairing one of the roofs

The thatcher is repairing one of the roofs

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So there is to be a “snap” General Election in the UK on 8th June !

So there is to be a “snap” General Election in the UK on 8th June !

This means I am obliged to vote for a party I have never voted for in my life and swore I would never vote for.

Its not only politicians who are liars and renege on their word !

Here are our choices:

  • Conservative Party – Currently “the Government” – who cheated themselves to power in 2015; breaking the law by brazenly overspending on their election expenses to prevent UKIP from winning seats.  The Police are “on the case”.
  • Labour Party – Un-electable
  • Liberal Democrat Party – used to be the thinking man’s socialists but reverted to sandal wearing tree huggers after a short taste of power. Now just want to be free to complain about everything.
  • United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) – won 13% of vote at the 2015 election but just one parliamentary seat – thats British democracy for ya!  After BREXIT are now well past their sell-by date and just a farrago of dissidents from the other parties who can agree on nothing
  • Scottish Nationalists – a load of deranged Jocks led by a modern day Joan of Arc who fantasise about re-joining the EU after BREXIT and really think Scotchland can govern itself
  • Democratic Unionist Party – shares power in Northern Ireland with Sinn Fein. The two of them can’t agree so nothing gets done
  • Sinn Fein – Irish Nationalists and too scarey to talk about.  Suffice to say they refuse to take up their seats in on the mainland
  • Plaid Cymru – more nutters, this time from the land of the “sheep sh**ggers” but we do love their leader, Leanne Wood’s accent – see video below !
  • Social Democratic and Labour Party – a rather more moderate, Irish Nationalist socialist party (if I’m not mixing my metaphors)
    Ulster Unionist Party – very similar to the Democratic Unionists but the two are too belligerent towards each-other to recognise that
  • Green Party – nobody really believes that stuff do they – one world leader said its all a Chinese hoax ??
  • Monster Raving Loony Party – set up by screaming Lord Sutch as a joke in the 1960s – now becoming an increasingly credible option

Rob Little
Of course I will keep the destination of my crucial vote a secret…..
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Leanne Wood – leader of Plaid Cymru (The Party of Wales) – Don’t you love her accent? Its like she is singing to us?

If its specifically “Thatched” Cottages you want to see, Cottages with thatched roofs are NOT typical of Cotswold architecture…..

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The Cotswolds is all about STONE – gorgeous stone built cottages – hundreds of year old; stone roofs and stone walls. Quaint towns and villages all built for the same coloured local stone. Stunning countryside, beautiful gardens, getting off the beaten track where you will see few other people. That is what the Cotswolds is all about.

Many people visit The Cotswolds not knowing quite what to expect and sometimes say:

But where are the cottages with grass on the roofs ??”

If you are visiting the Cotswolds you may stumble across the occasional thatched cottage but if you’re looking for cottages with thatched roofs, specifically, then the Cotswolds is probably not for you.

There are plenty of areas not too far away if thatched cottages are particularly crucial to the enjoyment of your tour but we need to know about it ahead of time as it will change the route of the tour that we offer. The thatched cottages we can show you which again are NOT typical of Cotswold architecture are in Chipping Camden – just one street of opulent thatched homes and another street 60 miles south in a village called Sandy Lane.

But be assured we will do our best to give you the best out of your tour but tell us your “wish list” in advance !

Rob Little
Driver / Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !

Thatched house in Chipping Camden

Thatched house in Chipping Camden

Thatched cottage in Sandy Lane

Thatched cottage in Sandy Lane

A colourful Cotswolds today if not a sunny one…..
Monday, 17th April 2017

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I was on a tour with a nice family from PA – it was not often sunny but the Cotswolds still looked gorgeous !

Rob Little
Cotswold Tour Guide
Lets Tour England

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A favourite floral wall in Guiting Power

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a land where you could walk for mile after mile across private land…..
Sunday, 16th April 2017

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Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a land where you could walk for mile after mile across private land – and instead of threatening you, the Land Owner would make it easy to walk through his field of crops by cutting a path through it…..??

Oh for the footpaths of England where dreams become reality !


Rob Little
English Tour Guide
Lets Tour England !