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Cotswold Canter Re run

19th July 2018

On Thursday 19th 12 cars gathered on the A40 just outside Charlton Kings for a 26 mile foray into the wilds of Oxfordshire.


The rerun was by popular request after the somewhat damp, (well really wet actually) first run of 2018.
After much praying to the weather gods the night was warm and very pleasant, all except Brian and Theresa were topless, well you know what I mean, apparently Brian could not find a hacksaw to remove the roof of his bright red ZS.
Last car away was crewed by Dale and Sarah who pointed out that an arrowhead was missing from a crossroads diagram but knew the way and were the seond car to reach The Dovecote.


Terry turned up without his Navigator and helpfully fed the rest of the table with their menu choice. Interestingly some who had ordered from the English menu suddenly found that they had a taste for the Indian dishes.


Two day old members, (of the club that is), Mark and Narguesse Stevens had a baptism of fire having spent a day on line researching tulip diagrams but seemed to think it was worth the trouble. They were the first to leave The Dovecote as 30's headlamps on their TA are not quite up to modern day standards.

Having changed the start from Seven Springs, everyone turned up early and unusually no one left early but enjoyed socializing for about half an hour before taking the the A40 and almost immediately turning left to Wittington that I confused with Dick Whittington and spelled wrong. The route then took in the Gloucestershire villages of Syreford, Hazleton and Turkdean before crossing the A429 Fosse Way to Farmington, Sherborne, Windrush and Great Barrington. Then crossing the customs free border with Oxfordshire just before Taynton on via Fulbrook and Swinbrook to Astall and onto the B4047 to Minster Lovell and our destination at The Dovecote having crossed and recrossed the Windrush river.


The size of the menu and varying choices meant that the meals took a while to be cooked fresh for each person. Strangely it was Laurence, who had mooted the idea of a rerun, who had his food served last but managed to catch up with everyone else. 


The Indian food was excellent and is likely to improve under the new ownership of Nazam who has already introduced a Sunday Buffet that looks too good to miss, perhaps a winter Sunday Lunch venue.
Gethin and Jan were really pleased with the unusually short journey home to Witney
                                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

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