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Stone – before and after.


I passed a quarry today – they are dotted all over the Cotswolds. Giant pieces of the famous Cotswold limestone were lying around waiting to be formed and shaped.

Cotswold stone is in demand for new buildings everywhere. It comes out of the ground, relatively soft and workable and, over time, dries out to form the brittle, crumbly and beautifully weathered stone that you see use in houses and pubs across the Cotswolds.

It’s so easy to work with, that stonemasons say that “you can do anything with it… except eat it.”





Nodding Heads 首を振りながら

The end of January and early February see the arrival of snowdrops in the Cotswolds. These delicate, pure white flowers have their own enthusiasts, not least because they mark the passing of winter and the coming of Spring.


Snowdrops are mysterious little plants – the botanical name is Galanthus (Greek gala “milk”/ anthos “flower”) and they come with various rural suspicions, for example it’s said to be unlucky to bring them into the house.

スノードロップは神秘的な小さな植物だ - その学名は‘ガランサス’で(ギリシャ語でガラとはミルク、アンソスとは花の意)、田舎には花に関してのさまざまな迷信がいまだに残る。例えばスノードロップを家の中に持ち込むことは縁起が悪いと言われている。DSC01680This year we went to Colesbourne Park to see one of the largest collections in Britain. The private garden opens for a just few days a year, at this time, to allow people to walk around the gardens and church to see spectacular banks of snowdrops, their heads nodding in the breeze. Enthusiasm for snowdrops is high here – they’re even on the alter cloth in the church.

我々は今年、イギリス内でも最大のスノードロップのコレクションを有するガーデンのひとつであるコールズボーン.パークに行ってきた。このプライベートガーデンはガーデンや教会の周りに咲く見事なスノードロップを楽しむ人たちのために、一年のうちこの時期のみ数日一般公開される。それらのスノードロップは微風に翻っている。ここではスノードロップに関する人々の興味が一層深い。 - 教会の祭壇に掛けられる布にさえスノードロップの模様が見られるくらいだ。

There is quite a lot of variety amongst snowdrops. Some are ‘giants’, some have heart shaped marks, some long stems.

ここにはとても多くの種類のスノードロップがある。 巨大なものもあればハート型の印をつけたもの、特に茎の長いものもある。

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Anyway, an afternoon at Colesbourne is a good excuse for a winter walk and, as usual in England, wherever flowers are on display – tea, cake and a plant shop are never far away.



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2015年ラグビーワールドカップで日本を応援 Supporting Japan at the Rugby World Cup 2015

I went to Gloucester to see Japan playing Scotland in the Rugby World Cup.


It was easy to wear the right colours because the Gloucester Rugby shirt colour is ‘Cherry and White’



Plenty of Scotland fans were there…  but we were also surprised at how many Japan rugby supporters there were.



It was great to go with some friends from Japan. A nice atmosphere, although unfortunately Japan weren’t able to beat Scotland this time. Let’s hope that they do well in their remaining matches – the Japanese team has won a lot of respect in this competition and the fans are great fun.


ー 日本チームはこのワールドカップで多くの尊敬を集めたのだから!


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Brockhampton Village Show ブロックハンプトンのヴィレッジ.ショー


One thing I would recommend any visitor to the Cotswolds to do is visit a village show. They usually take place on Saturdays in the Summer. They’re open to all.



Usually arranged around a village hall, you’ll find afternoon tea tents, competitions and games, secondhand book and plant stalls and second hand ‘antiques’ stands. Prices are always low and the cakes are always very good.


Today I went to Brockhampton a tiny village near Cheltenham  – here are some pictures of competitors in the best fruit, vegetable and flower competitions. It’s a very nice way to spend the afternoon.




Glastonbury Festival グラストンブリー.フェステバル


Glastonbury (about 90 minutes south of the Cotswolds) is a small town with a reputation for alternative living and spirituality.


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Every year, nearby, Glastonbury hosts the world’s biggest arts Festival, an astonishing four days of live music, performing arts and debate. Guests this year included the Dalai Lama, The Chemical Brothers and The Who – performances across 50 or so stages.  I went this year (I always do if I can get a ticket) and it was an amazing experience. With 200,000 people there the Festival becomes the largest town in the South West of England – but just for a few days.

毎年グラストンブリーの近くで世界最大の芸術祭りが開催される。それは生の音楽、芝居、討論など4日間連続して行われる祭典だ。今年はダライ.ラマ、ケミカル.ブラザーズ、ザ.フーがゲストに含まれていた – 50くらいのステージで行われる。
私は今年参加したが(チケットを入手できれば毎年行くのであるが)、それは素晴らしい経験だった。20万人の人が集まるので、このフェステバルが行われるところは西南イングランドで最大の町となる - それは数日のみではあるが。

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A busy Saturday in the Cotswolds コッツウォルズでのある忙しい土曜日


On Saturday, we went to Stroud Farmer’s Market. It’s a good way to shop on a warm summer’s day, not a supermarket in sight.  Stroud is a slightly down-at-heel Cotswold town brought to life every Saturday by one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the country. Stroud may not be as affluent as some Cotswold villages, but the people are great and there’s more of a community atmosphere here than elsewhere.  Five valleys lead to Stroud, we approached along the ‘Slad’ valley and, on a sunny day, there’s not really a better view to be had in the Cotswolds.



Park the car in this small town on a Saturday and step straight into a busy market. Usually there are few familiar market stallholders and maybe some new ones too. You can buy most of the food you need for the week. Not especially cheap, but the quality can be very high and that’s important too. I think we’re realising that supermarket food can be too cheap. Better to eat less eat, for example, and make it the best quality, I think.

There are stalls selling different flavour of sausages (usually pork)…



…stalls selling local cheeses: these are Godsells Cheeses, double Gloucester and single Gloucester types…

....地元産のチーズもある : ゴッドセルズチーズ、ダブルグロスター、そしてシングルグロスターのタイプ...


… Day’s Cottage apple juice, from unsprayed apple trees.



…flower, vegetable and herb stalls…


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Windsurf Valley goat’s cheese, mild and yoghurt. You can buy this in London, where is costs a lot more!


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Eggs that were laid that morning.


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And there are also stalls where you can buy snacks as you look around. This stallholder sells vegan food.



A great way to spend a Saturday morning – and you feel closer to Cotswold life.

こうやって素敵な土曜の朝を過ごす - きっとコッツウォルズでの暮らしがより身近に感じられることだろう。


After the market we went home and did some gardening.



To finish a busy day, we went to a beer and cider festival, where we sat outside in a pub garden and then moved inside when it became too cold. We drank a little too much cider and finished with a beer called ‘Headsplitter’.  Hmmm. I feel OK today though.

忙しい日の締めくくりとして我々はビールとサイダー(リンゴ酒)祭りに出かけ、寒くなって中に入るまでの時間をパブのガーデンで過ごした。少しサイダーを飲み過ぎたようだが、最後に‘ヘッドスプリッタ―(頭粉砕)’というビールを飲んだ。  ウーン。しかし今日はもう大丈夫だ。

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We walked home through quiet villages under a clear, cold sky.