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Slaughtered in the Cotswolds. Nov 19.

A huge thanks goes to the 25 that turned out on this exceptional autumnal day to share in the colours of the changing season. A special thanks to whoever is upstairs for giving glorious sunshine throughout. Various devices recorded the walk that started outward along the river Windrush and returning along the river Eye, at between 9.4 miles and just over 10 miles.
A respectful, armistice 2 minutes silence was taken at our starting point in the beautiful Cotswold hamlet of Lower Slaughter. A short meditation to give thanks to those that have placed the lives of others before their own that has given us the freedom and way of life that we have the privilege to enjoy today.
OK, so I am biased. Guilty. The Cotswolds has it all. It is quintessential England. Beautiful buildings of mellow limestone clustered in small, perfect packages that nestle in gently rolling hills. We passed through a few of these of which both Upper and Lower Slaughter are perfect representations.
What better tree to show off the golden shades of Autumn than the Beech. We saw aplenty today at all stages of fall. Brilliantly set off by the bright sunlight of the day.

After the walk, many of the group retired to the nearby Slaughters Country Inn to continue the chatter over a swift half or cup of tea.
What made the walk so special, of course, was the community of those that gathered to enjoy it together. Again, thanks to all who came.

John H.

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