Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Trip Start Aug 25, 2006
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Trip End Sep 15, 2006


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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Today I drove the short distance from the Evan's house in Bristol up to Gloucester to spend a couple days with Mark's friend Neil. Neil lives in the beautiful, country setting of the Cotswalds of western England. Neil is co-owner and runs Henley Bank Kennels, a dog kennel and cattery and also breeds and shows Tibetan Terriers. Click here to learn more about Neil's champion Araki Tibetan Terriers. I don't recall the exact figures, but I think he and his staff take care of something like 80+ dogs (including the 30 or so that he personally owns) and around 50 cats.

We started the day by Neil driving me around the countryside. We went to Coopers Hill which is the site of the annual "Cheese rolling event". Every Spring Bank Holiday Monday, competitors run, trip, tumble and chase an 8lb. Double Gloucester cheese down Coopers Hill. Neil says they usually haul several of the competitors off to the hospital in ambulances with broken bones. Looking uphill, I can't imagine how you could walk down much less run in pursuit of a rolling cheese! No one has ever actually caught the cheese; however, legend has it the first one down the hill with all bones still in tact is supposed to have extreme sexual virility.

Afterwards, we went to see the views from Coaley Peak. We drove by the estate (you can't actually see the house) where Charles and Camilla live, and also went over to the polo field where the boys play polo. There were several riders practicing Polo which was interesting to watch.

Next we swung by the Rose and Crown which is an incredible 17th century pub which Neil used to own and run for many years before going into dog breeding. We had a quick pint and continued our tour of the countryside.

We took lunch at the Golden Heart Pub in Birdlip.

Neil had to work with his accountant for a couple hours, so I couchsurfed and worked on my blogs. Later in the afternoon, we had a quick tour of the Gloucester Ports and went to the Red Lion which sits right on the River Severn for another pint, while waiting to see if his friend Susie could join us for dinner. After sitting by the river having a drink, watching the ducks which went from picnic table to picnic table each time someone opened a new bag of "crisps" we were off to Zizzi Restaurant in St James Church in Cheltenham to have dinner. Lots of good food, scenery, company and pubing today! It was a great day. Many thanks to Neil for taking time away from the kennel to be such a great host!
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rajivdewan
rajivdewan on

Where in the world is Keith?
No blog entries for a while...where are you, buddy?

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