Today was a wonderful combination of a tour of an historic home and a 6-mile hike.
We traveled to Lechlade to visit Kelmscott Manor, the home of William Morris.
Kelmscott Manor has been carefully preserved with many of his creations. His work is still relevant and I have included many of my favorites of the tour here:
Iznik tiles from Turkey in hall
Fabrics designed by William Morris in Panelled Room and fireplace tiles from Holland.
Painting of Jane Morris by Dante Rossetti who lived with the family until 1874.
Morris's collection of Asian ceramics.
Bedspread designed by William Morris's daughter May and embroidered by her mother Jane.
William Morris's bedroom.
There was also an attic with additional bedrooms for children and a collection of fabric samples to peruse.
On the way back we spotted a "pillbox," a WW II bunker similar to ones I saw in the Chech Republic.
Afterwards we boarded the bus and went to Bibury for lunch. Unfortunately, Sydney and I did not have a lot of time for lunch so we ate ice cream and walked around.
William Morris has called this the most beautiful village in England. This shot of the Swan Inn and park is convincing.
We saw the row of very old weavers' cottages called Arlington Row.
Then we started our afternoon hike at 2 from downtown Bibury and explored the Coln Valley. The hike was similar to yesterday, going across fields, down country roads and through woods.