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Campden Skies, July 2007

Early this month in the twilight just after sunset look for Venus still bright in the west. Then look a little more and not far away you will find another object shining without twinkling. That will be the planet Saturn. Both will have disappeared into the sunset glow by the end of the month.

Planets appear to move amongst the fixed stars and so attracted the attention of the early civilisations. Saturn was named by the Romans for the father of the king of the gods, Jupiter.

Mabel Pearman's Burford Browns - what another hen!

Burford Browns in the grass Image (c) Clarence Court
A real Cotswold Hen with very special ox-blood dark brown eggs

This is another special Cotswold Hen. The name originates from Cotswold farmers Tom and Mabel Pearman who moved to Westhill, Burford during the early 1900's.

Chipping Campden Music Festival

President Paul Lewis
Principal sponsor of the 2007 festival - Jackson Stops & Staff. Steinway piano sponsored by Cutts of Campden.

I am delighted to report that the 2007 festival was another great success. Ticket sales were well up on 2006 and although fees were also considerably higher than last year we have finished up with a surplus to carry forward to 2008. As always our performers seemed to love both the venue and the atmosphere the festival generates.

Chipping Campden - Sequel to the Scuttlebrook wake verse

1915

A sequel to our '1915' Scuttlebrook poem saga has emerged. Further anecdotal evidence suggests that Scuttlebrook Wake again came under threat soon after the opening of the recreation ground in 1934 and another Coldicott was involved.

Old Cotswold Legbar? What the heck is that?

Old Cotswold Legbar, Picture (c) Clarence CourtFrom Patagonia to Stow-on-the-Wold - what a journey!

An "Old Cotswold Legbar" is a chicken. The hen lays her eggs in a variety of beautiful pastel colours including turquoise, blue, olive, pink, peach and eau-de-nil.

Time for Tea (lots of it) - 262 Cups and Saucers

262 Cups and Saucers, Photo (c) Where I fell in Love GalleryUntil 31st July - The Cup and Saucer Exhibition - Where I fell in Love Gallery Shipston on Stour

Bruno Dauvin has invited potters and ceramists from around the world to send him one cup and saucer to create the big

Ebrington needs help from St. Swithin

Ebrington Floods 2Friday 20th July - Floods in Ebrington after a day of torrential rain

It rained and rained and rained all day.

It had also rained on St Swithin's Day, Sunday 15th July and the rhyme says:-

St Swithin's Day, if it does rain,
Full forty days, it will remain
St S

The amazing Maize Maze is ready again

Maize Maze (c) John RightonJuly 21st - Hidcote Manor Farm Maize Maze opens - until September 9th

This year's theme is "magical" and the maze is in the shape of a giant Cotswold wizard over 200 metres tall.

This maze was designed by the world's leading maze designer Adrian Fisher who has been designing and creating puzzle mazes for 21 years.

The Harry Potter Cotswold connection

Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters - photo credit Nina Aldin ThuneGloucester Cathedral has been a place of worship for over 1,300 years since 678 when a religious community was founded by Osric with his sister Kyneburga as the first Abbess.

An Eggcellent idea - Live Aid has hatched Hen Aid

Clarence CourtBuy Clarence Court Eggs and Help Raise Money for Farmers in Africa

Clarence Court has championed ethical egg production since it was founded seventeen years ago by Cotswold farmer Philip Lee-Woolf and he has pioneered the revival of pure breed bloodlines which, unlike modern hybrids, are bred for egg quality and not quantity.
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