Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Gone...!

This morning the last of the 'bank holiday' campers left the site.....
They left as they arrived... noisily and quickly.....
Tents came down...caravans and trailers packed... a last twenty laps around the site 'velodrome' and then the kids were stuffed into the cars and they all headed off and moved out....
Peace descended on the site again... 

More campers have arrived but they all seem quieter than the manic bank holiday crowd. Even the new bunch of kids seem better behaved.... 

I can only assume that the bank holiday crowd were trying to cram as much as possible into their long weekend and were determined to squeeze every minute of enjoyment out of the time away from work that they had....
The enjoyment and needs of other campers obviously didn't figure in their plan....
They had four days off work and were going to enjoy it and make as much noise and mess as they liked while they were here.....

It took me back to when I was working and managed to get a long weekend off from work... 
I would try to pack as much into it as possible no matter how manic the whole thing was....
The reality was that after all the rushing around I needed another break just to get over the whole thing....

Anyway the site is now like a different place.....like it was before the weekend....
Peace and tranquility now reign again... Toilets and showers are prisitine again.... It's a pleasure to be on the site again.....

Over the weekend while the site was in meltdown Anne and I went out to visit some places of interest in the locality....
One of the places we visited was this.....


Is it the Doors of Durin....?
I't certainly looks like a Tolkien Gateway.... 
Is it the 'Door of Durin' also known as the West Gate of Moria?   

It certainly looks like it as fans of the 'Lord of the Rings etc' would agree.
These doors can be seen at the church of St Edward in Stow-on-the-Wold....
Some say that these doors gave J.R.R.Tolkien his idea for the Doors of Durin although there is no firm evidence that is the case.... 

But if you are a tour guide who needs evidence.... There are a number of tours around the Cotswolds that link various places in the Cotswolds very loosely to the tales of J.R.R.Tolkien...
These tours are very popular with Japanese Tourists...indeed while we were sat in the churchyard having a picnic a coach disgorged it's load of tourists from Japan..... 

The guide led them up to the doors and spoke to them about Tolkien and the doors whereupon they started taking pictures of the doors...the trees...and then everything else within the churchyard including Anne and I and our picnic....

Oh well.... famous at last........



4 comments:

Gideon Howe said...

The Cotswolds are full of japs and Chinese photographing everything. It wound me up something rotten and I too ranted about them in my blog. I would hate to be their friends or relatives who have to view their thousands of boring photos just to get to the one if you and Ann. It's so great that we have all the time in the world to not have to do a "fun cram" but you can't blame them for it we did it once probably much to the annoyance of the 'then' old gits

Trevor Woodford said...

The Japanese tourists don't actually wind me up Gids... I look at them with observational humour...... I don't understand why they feel the need to take photographs of everything.... they seem to view the world through a camera lens and don't seem to engage with what they are seeing..
Now unruly children...they do wind me up :-) Ha..ha...

GreenComotion said...

Some door that is, Trevor.
Happy cycling and RV-ing to you and Anne.
Peace :)

Trevor Woodford said...

*GreenComotion*
It is a stunning door Chandra.. It looks good as a B&W image too...Seems to create even more Gothic mystery..