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  • "...thank you for such a splendid day in the Cotswolds"
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    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"
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  • "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
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    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
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    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”!

The difference between an English and a Spanish Bluebell…..
Tuesday, 4th May 2021

The English Bluebell on the left is native to the UK while the Spanish Bluebell, on the right, is a non-native species with widespread distribution over much of the UK and is thought to have been accidently introduced to the wild from private gardens.

The main difference is that the English Bluebell’s flowers on one side of the stem, causing them to bend over whereas the Spanish Bluebell has flowers all around the stem.

Long live the English Bluebell !!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

See you on Mars…..!
Monday, 3rd May 2021

If I was Elon Musk I would tell NASA to stuff their moon lander; refocus on the real intention behind the Starship and tell NASA you’ll see them on Mars !

The losers want to litigate instead getting their craft off the ground.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

May Day + 1 – new vistas from my Cotswold walk and a trip to Bath for a covid jab…..

Today, Sunday 2nd May I had a shorter walk than normal as I had an appointment with a needle at Bath Racecourse for my second covid jab.

The yellow flower is Oil Seed Rape or Canola…..it looks beautiful – block yellow in our May-time fields.

The trip to Bath ended up as a disappointment……

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

From “Fat B*st*rd” to “Fitness Fanatic” in 12 lockdown months…..well sort of!

So a year ago today I was 70lbs / 32kg heavier and more to the point I was doing minimal exercise – around 1000 steps a day, often less.

I am now averaging about 8000 steps – often 10,000 or 15,000 – walking every day, riding my exercise bike when the weather is inclement and we both have electric bikes which we hope to enjoy this summer.

On the one hand, suffice to say I feel transformed – fitter than I have for many years but, on the other hand that is shameful and embarrassing. Of course my BP and asthma have benefited greatly.

At the start of the pandemic lockdown in March last year, like much of the world there was a run on flour as people took to home baking to relieve the boredom. My kindly wife was turning out rich fruit cakes, chocolate sponges with butter icing, pies and quiches! A month later she decided enough was enough. She did not want me to die of covid on a ventilator as an obese asthmatic, so she inflicted a strict dietary regime on both of us. We are eating far more fish, vegetables and absolutely no processed convenience food from the supermarket.

A dietitian once said to me:

“There are fatties and there are thinnies…..and if you are a fatty at a healthy weight you are still a fatty. Meanwhile the thinnies can eat as much sugar, fat and rubbish as they like and never put on weight. It’s not fair but it’s a fact!!”

I only have to look at food to put on weight 😳

So I have some way to go – I need to lose another 3 stone / 40lbs / 20kg before I review whether I need to go further.

Please excuse this indulgence in my life of gratification for food!

I’ve made a start…..onwards and upwards.

Rob Little
It’s a bit like the “N” word…..since I am fat I have a right to use the word “fat”…..
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Easton Grey, Roman remains on The Fosse Way and Foxley Church in Wiltshire on the Edge of The Cotswolds
Sunday, 2nd May 2021

Originally I intended this to be a short video about the hamlet of Easton Grey but knowing that once I start on these video I just can’t stop it went on to The Fosse Way, Foxley Church and Malmesbury following The River Avon.

Wiltshire on the Edge of The Cotswolds but is not a Cotswold County. Nevertheless, Malmesbury is as perfect an example of a Cotswold town that I know of…..even though it is not strictly in “The Cotswolds”.

Easton Grey and the stretch of Fosse Way that I walked in this video are just 5 miles from my home likewise as is Foxley and Malmesbury.

Easton Grey was an important crossing point of the upper reaches of the Sherston River Avon stretching back to Roman times and probably before so this area is very historic.

Enjoy, if you are watching on the YouTube platform please comment…..give me a thumbs up and SUBSCRIBE if you like this video!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

The storm over Boris’ wallpaper is, indeed, a “farrago” in a teacup !
Saturday, 1st May 2021

The press are desperate to stir up the public about:

Who paid for Boris’ redecoration of his flat at Number 10, Downing Street“.

Boris, typically eloquent, described the storm as “a farrago of nonsense“!

But it seems “the public” just don’t care.

And many people think why should he have to pay to decorate a government owned apartment that he is obliged to live in?

Any future Prime Minister should tell their security detail that they will continue to live in their own home…..that will cost the country a fortune in protection !

Idiot press!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Its The First of May in The Cotswolds…..

Its The First of May here in The Cotswolds…..and Jasper the Cat is doing what cats do, I’m afraid.

Beautiful morning here – a slight frost lets see whats around as I go for a stroll!

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

A few photos from The Old Railway Line trail from Tetbury then the footpath across Troublehouse Covert and Riland Covert….

The sky was pretty dramatic at times and the sound was also recorded this morning including an overhead plane !

The blue flowers are Bluebells and the yellow are Cowslips – I know there are also Dandelions in the field too!

Escape to The Cotswolds for less than £150,000 !!
Friday, 30th April 2021

So your earning good money and living in London but don’t think you can afford a bolt hole in the Cotswolds….?

Well surely you CAN – 80 minutes on the train or 2 hours in the car brings you to Tetbury, to a one bedroomed apartment on a peaceful development, with delightful landscaped gardens and parking! And you are just minutes away from gorgeous countryside walks!

Whats more you are slap bang in the town centre – literally three minutes walk from four local pubs, restaurants and take-aways.

This one bedroomed first floor apartment has a lounge / diner, kitchen and bathroom and is the perfect “getaway” and is for sale for a shade under £150,000.

Not everyone can afford the full Cotswold cottage with acres of ground – in any case such properties are well out of town and we don’t enjoy the instant taxi or “deliveroo” services here in the countryside like you do in the “smoke”!! But anyone looking to get away at weekends can surely afford £150 grand to enjoy a more agreeable and less frantic way of life?

Contact me if you are interested !

Rob Little
07973 324559 / roblittle_uk@hotmail.com

Lounge

Kitchen

Bedroom

Bathroom

Communal Laundry – if required

Outside – Top floor !

The edict on “Hugging”…..
Thursday, 29th April 2021

Everyone must be miserable until we are all miserable”

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Ten Years ago Today !

What a lot has changed in 10 years? Things we couldn’t have imagined.

Apologies if this is a bit rough round the edges but I used the most rudamentary of editing skills to get something out back then!

The music is “Crown Imperial” by William Walton.

Congratulations to Kate and William.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !