It’s been a while since our last amazing, wonderful, and memorable post. Lots of exciting things have happened since Germany and Austria. We have been to the Cotswolds, and explored the Highlands and Edinburgh with our family! But I thought I would share a little about our time in the charming part of England called the Cotswolds.
Let’s start with a pop quiz! Which activity do you think I liked the most from our time in the Cotswolds: Stonehenge, the farm or Blenheim Palace? Read on to see if you can guess correctly!
Even though Salisbury was a two-hour drive away, it was still very majestic, magnificent, and spectacular because Salisbury has the stunning archeological site named Stonehenge. Stonehenge, which is not actually in Salisbury, was a twenty-minute drive away. Stonehenge, which is still a sacred site to many, is not part of Salisbury because the construction would damage the bones inside of Stonehenge. In fact, we were there after the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year, and were told that about 10,000 people came to celebrate. Inside Stonehenge, there are blue stones all the way from Wales. That is astounding. The bluestones were said to have healing power. What do you think? Do you think that blue stones had real healing powers? I think it is a load of stone age nonsense. Stones are just stones. How do archeologists think the stone age people moved the stones to make stone henge? I think that they put the stones on logs and rolled them to Stonehenge. Did you know that Stonehenge is lined up with the sun, moon, and stars at the summer and winter solstice? This was an important discovery because this signaled that neolithic men and women were getting smarter. They were learning more about the world and how the earth, sun, and stars moved. This helped them understand the seasons. So, technically, Stonehenge was a giant clock. Stonehenge was amazing. It is an old piece of history and an astounding monument.
So far I have only told you about Stonehenge but now I am going to inform you of an exceptionally dainty little farm with some rare breeds of farm animals. This unique farm is trying to save rare species, like the Jacob Sheep, from going extinct. The Jacob sheep, which is my favorite sheep, can have up to six horns. Wow! There is also another type of sheep, called the North Ronaldsay, that only eats seaweed because it lives on a very windswept northern island off the tip of Scotland which has more seaweed than grass! At the farm, there was a lot of stuff for kids, like a playground, a bouncy pillow, and activities like bottle feeding baby animals and milking cows. My favorite activities were bottle feeding baby animals. In the big barn where they do all the shows, there are baby animals. You line up, get a bottle and you go around feeding baby animals. The baby animals were so excited they would enthusiastically push and shove for the bottle. It was so cute!
After having visited Stonehenge and the unique farm, I was interested in seeing a spectacular, stunning, and marvelous palace: Blenheim Palace! I am not actually going to talk about the palace because I actually found the gardens to be more interesting. In the gardens, there was a giant maze. Liam and I were in that maze for 25 minutes because we could not find the exit! We could not find the exit because we could not see over the humongous hedges! Finally, we went to the butterfly house. In the butterfly house, there was a tropical jungle of blue red and brown butterflies. This was my favorite place of all. The butterflies, which were lazily landing on you without your permission, were very tempting to catch.
So, did you guess which one was my favorite stop in the Cotswolds? It was the farm where I got to feed the baby animals! Feeding the baby animals was so fun. It has been very interesting writing these blog posts for you but unfortunately, this is the very last blog post as we will be arriving home very soon! Thank you for joining us on this great adventure. Now, it is time to run away back home again. Goodbye!