[ Midlands ] Snowshill 英國鄉村的ㄧ片紫

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[ Cotswolds 英國鄉村的ㄧ片紫 ]

I’m starting to believe that if you arrive to a different country in the evening, you’ll get over the jet lag sooner. So I was away to England for another biz trip the other week. Arrived on a Saturday night pretty late. Had to go to a place on Sunday night for opening biz dinner but had some free time in the morning. So met…. (continue reading….)

我開始相信, 晚上到的班機能讓時差比較容易轉過來轉過去. 星期六晚上到倫敦, 排了一個多小時等入關(人都快滿出來) , 之後像回家的就一路睡意的搭了15min 的 HE 到 Paddington走到之前住過的 hotel, 10:30pm 直接睡死. 星期天晚上就要去 biz dinner, 所以把握早上美好時光搭了火車往…

…中部走找朋友去. 下午還多虧好友載我去晚上 biz dinner 和住的地方, 不然搭火車還真不知道要搭到哪個朝代. 火車站的人也真是的… 去Information, 要 Information, 沒有 information. 有時還是要靠自己先做功課比較實在. 不過又在完全沒什麼 plan 的情況下, 我們到了一個滿片薰衣草的地方.

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… up with a old friend from back in the UK uni. years and this is where we went before having to switch to the biz mode. 😀 With many thanks!

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天氣沒有想像中的熱. 而且有點冷. 慘的是.. 我的行李箱裡完全走熱帶 business 風, 唯一有點厚度的長袖是我的西裝外套. 心想第一天如果又病倒(像 San Antonio 那次), 真的會OMG… 更何況這次的又超 intense+長.
The weather was not as warm I thought…. Actually it was kinda chilly. And guess what? My luggage was all ready for tropical land. The only long sleeves I got was my biz suit. Glad that i didn’t get a cold otherwise the next few days would have been unbearable. lol.

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沒有太陽仍然綻放的太陽花.
The sunflower with no sun around. It was rather windy and cloudy.
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這裡的薰衣草可還是有名的耶.
Snowshill is quite famous for its lavender farms.
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像傘一樣的小花兒, 乍看像還有點像萬花筒.
These small flowers have the pattern of a kaleidoscope.
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Cotswolds 有許多這種看起來很可愛的老房子.
Cotswolds countryside is filled with many of these cute and cozy-looking old houses.
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Then we came across and stopped by the Snowshill Manor. Not knowing anything about it.
這算是個不經意的景點. 只是剛好開車經過, 就去看啦. 完全不知道這是甚麼地方.
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房子外看起來有點中世紀但漆又新到不行的裝飾物.
The manor has a large garden and the buildings look a bit old. This is a medieval “romance" kind of character as decoration on the exterior of the house with relatively fresh-looking paint.

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主要的房子因為時間不夠我們沒進去, 不過那房子看起來也真的沒有很大. 完全是誤打誤撞來的, 所以房子的主人是誰的不太知道, 很不可思議吧. 這房子算是這區很經典的代表性建築.
The manor was owned by Charles Wade. And it was once described as “a house of evening hours, surely the loveliest spell of the day". It is a traditional and typical Cotswold house.

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但我們有進附近神父的房間. 老房子還是有一股味道.. 而且和我之前住的城堡(Herstmonceux)的味道居然差不多!
The priest’s room. The room smells like a old place.. actually quite similar to the smell of Herstmonceux Castle.

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大房外牆上掛著的馬蹄.
House wall with horseshoes.
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有點像是古代煉金師工作的魔法桌子.
A small part of a room that looked like a old garage. But also feels quite like a old chemist’s experimental table.

 

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在一間廢棄 (&看起來像車庫)裡, 看到這個讓人聯想到灰姑娘的馬車.
An abandoned carriage. Don’t know why it makes me think of Cindrella.
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傳統的英式花園裡好像多少會有個類似這種的天文鐘.
Traditional English gardens always seem to have a “clock" that looks rather complicated.

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花園之有時會看到個搞笑雕塑.
This face is just hilarious.
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花園之這不是綠色包子, 而且它是一棵活的植物.
The garden has a pretty rare collection of “odd" looking plants.
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花園之這不是黴菌, 它們也是活的植物.
These are not fungi; they’re living plants.
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一朵朵的小花不知道為什麼讓我想起來啤酒花.
Flowers with color that reminds me of beer.
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很環保的收集意見方式.
I think it’s a pretty environmental way of collecting visitors’ feedback.

Related website: Snowshill Tourist Information Guide
Cotswolds, England

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