Our favorite thing was, of course, that our daughter's family was living there, and we had not seen them for two years.
Because our daughter had intended to have her son enter first grade at age 7 and have a second year of kindergarten at age 6, they had a slight problem when they moved to England. English law requires that the children enter 2nd grade when they are 7, and my grandson had not even had first grade yet. So he was put in St. Edwards Catholic school and they allowed him to go to first grade even though he was 7 days older than the cut-off for 2nd grade.
Kindergarten ends at age 4,
Reception is age 5,
First grade is age 6 and
Second Grade is age 7.
The school has:
KINDERGARTEN (2½ - 4 years)
2 Reception classes (limit of 20 pupils in each class)
2 Year 1 classes (limit of 22pupils in each class)
2 Year 2 classes (limit of 22 pupils in each class)
Fondest memory: We visited the school once on Monday where our grandson was at soccer camp, and I took this picture of one of the school buildings. Also pictures of the soccer fields. Now that he is back in the states he had to start from the beginning in baseball, but he knows how to play cricket and he plays rugby.
Our grandson finished 3rd grade in England, and when he came back to Maryland in the summer of 2003, his mom put him into public school in the third grade there. She was afraid he had missed out on a lot of local history which is covered in the early grades. She knows this because by the time she was in 7th grade, she'd been in 7 different schools due to her dad being in the Navy.
Cheltenham is convenient as a center for touring especially if you have a family place to stay. My daughter, SIL and grandson had previously made trips to Gloucester to the canal museum, to Stonehenge and Avebury and to Bourton on the Water and other places in the Cotswalds and Lake District. They had also taken visiting family to Warwick Castle.
I had several places that I particularly wanted to see. I really wanted to see Stonehenge because I had never seen it and I thought it was important. So when our daughter picked us up on Monday, we visited there, and also Avebury, which she and our grandson liked better.
Because I remembered the paintings of Turner and Constable (and I showed Bob some of them when we were in London), I also wanted to visit Salisbury, and our daughter thought it could be combined with the trip to Stonehenge.
Fondest memory: When my second daughter was in 8th grade, she and my mom went to Bath c 1977 and I was intrigued by the photos they brought back. So I wanted to see that. So on July 23rd our daughter lent us the Rover and we took our grandson and went to Bath. He had been to Bath on a school trip, but not to THE Baths, and my daughter and SIL had only been to the cathedral.
I also particularly wanted to see the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales. So on July 24th our daughter took off work and drove us to Llangollen and the aqueduct at Trevor finishing up with a short stop at Iron Bridge for supper.
The next day (July 25th), we borrowed the Rover again and took our grandson to Gloucester to visit the canal museum.
Our SIL had agreed to help us out with another thing I wanted to do which was to hire a narrowboat so on Friday July 26th we went to Dunhampstead (a place so small that it is not even on VT) for a trip down to Worcester and back.
On the way home on Monday July 29th we stopped off at Bourton on the Water
On July 30th, we just went in to Cheltenham on the bus and walked around. a bit, and on July 31st we stayed home (it was one of the few rainy days we had) and packed and organized for our flight home on August 1st.
A group of primary school infants, accompanied by two female teachers, went on a field trip to Cheltenham races to see and learn about thoroughbred horses.
When it was time to take the children to the toilet, it was decided that the girls would go with one teacher and the boys would go with the other.
The teacher assigned to the boys was waiting outside the men's toilet when one of the boys came out and told her that none of them could reach the urinal.
Having no choice, she went inside, helped the boys with their pants, and began hoisting the boys up, one by one, holding their willies to direct the flow away from their clothes.
As she lifted one, she couldn't help but notice that he was unusually well endowed. Trying not to show that she was staring, the teacher said, 'You must be in year four.'
'No, madam,' he replied. 'I'm riding Silver Arrow in the 2.15.'
Tx to my good friend John Dutton for that one ;)
We rented a house in Cheltenham. It was a listed property which meant that the appearance could not be changed
It was large and had a lot of bedrooms - at one time it was a boarding house The middle window was bricked up and there was a shower there.
It had a little garage which the owner had stuff stored in so we couldn't use it. So we had to park one of our two cars on the street.
Fondest memory: When my sister visited, she wrote: We got the grand tour of the house - very interesting floor plan - how many levels is it - 20? Seems like there are a couple of stairs into every room.
Cheltenham is very picturesque country. We found that if we came into town the 'back way' (up a fairly steep road) that there were very nice views over the country side. When people came to visit us, we would stop here so they could see the town spread out in front of them, and I could point out where I worked.
Fondest memory: We also had a nice view from our bedroom window (second picture).
The small town charm with its authenticity preserved.
Fondest memory: The Mount Inn's scenery is just amesome. The pics taken didn't do much justice to its awesomeness. We had a dart game and it's a miracle that I managed to slipped in to the final with Wayne from Australia. Haha.... tat was my first time playing dart and that feat was pure luck. Proven at the end because I lost terribly to Wayne at the final showcase.
Photo #3 was taken in Gloucester where the Harry Potter film was shot. The pic was the scene where the game was shot. Forgot the name of the game but it's the one where the players ride on the broom. Pardon me not being a hard-core Potter's fans.
Photo#4 was taken in a hill overseeing Cheltenham thanks to Alex and May May who drove me and Boay there.
This is a photo of my 2 great friends around The Cotswold !
They guided me around The Cotswold, visiting many beautiful villages & me capturing many great sceneries around The Cotswold !
Patrick on the left; He's a counsellor...
Roger on the right; He's a painter.
Thank you very much Patrick & Roger for making my dream comes true, exploring around The Cotswold !Next Destination (after this photo was taken) :
Also on the Friday 11th June; Outside his house...
He was talking with his neighbour when I snapped this photo. Nice houses lined up the street.
On that morning, our first destination was Painswick; Sadly Roger couldn't join us because he had a painting exhibition on that evening...
By that time we would be in Oxford !
This photo was taken at Patrick's house, in his garden...
It was taken on the Friday 11th June as we were getting ready to explore The Cotswold on the 2nd day !
After breakfast, Patrick took some times to show me his garden & telling me about the plants, flowers & some birds that came into his garden...
I chose this corner of the garden for this photo because I loved that blue flowers that you can see on my right...
Hobnails Inn is famous for its Hobnails Baps; A bap is a large bread with all kinds of ingredients in it...
I couldn't remember which bap I ate but I had a big full stomach when we left Hobnails Inn !
When Roger came, I couldn't recognize him ! He looked different than his photo that I saw on the Net...; But it was Roger.
The plan was me & him to go to a little place called Little Washbourne; There should be a pub there where we could have lunch & meeting Patrick...The pub is called HOBNAILS INN.
This photo was taken on the road, going to Little Washbourne, which is on the B 4077 road which is near Tewsbury than Cheltenham.
Hence this photo was taken on the highway A 435.
Well, you must have the map of the area to know these roads...
Again, on the A 435 Highway...There are many scenes like the photo on the left & above if you drive along this highway !
I guess my heart was beating faster & faster as we drove along this road...The sceneries are just so amazing !
Well, if you like the so-called 'countryside' anyway...
Fondest memory: Now, we were in Hobnails Inn ! This is an old pub which has many stories along the years as it started business in the 1400's !The Map of Hobnails Inn...I took several photos for us all to see...
Hhmm, love this sight very very much !
The clouds, the fields...So enchanting !
There were many sights like this anyway on that day; I couldn't capture them all.
I just couldn't stop telling Roger how I loved the sceneries as he smiling all the way reaching Hobnails Inn...
This is Cheltenham Spa train station, taken by me as I just arrived from Bristol...
Coming here to explore the region called The Costwold !
I was waiting for my friend, Roger when I had the time to 'explore' the station itself !