'Ring-around the Rosie' the group are dancing to the tunes of the accordion!
Our pub customers just about emptied out to take a look, and listen to the 'ancient dance scene. Note some of the customers carried out their pint while enjoying the show.
The pub is a great English tradition! A wonderful place to be immersed in the English culture!
One of the many scenic canals running through the English countryside. It is possible to rent one's own boat and cruise some of these canals, and many people do just that, especially when vacationing in the summertime.
One of the locks on a canal to allow for the differences in water levels due to differences in the land elevations. Sometimes there is an authorized 'lock tenderer', sometimes the boaters themselves to operate the locks.
The best kept English secret is finally exposed: The English have been able to control gravity! This discovery immensely reduces friction with the ground, thus saving enormous amounts of shoe leather!
I believe this is our pet cat "Fuzzy". He was with us for about 16-17 years. He was a lovely pet for Martha and I. He is buried in the side yard of our home in Saratoga on November 1988.
Entrance to my very old, very charming 600 year old Inn with the appropriate name: 'The Old Swan.' 'Wellies' are referring to the rainy weather gear, similar to what we used to call 'Galoshes' when we were kids. The hotel proprietor's did not want the guests to mess up their inside floors during rainy/snowy weather.
This is a frontside view of the Old Swan Inn entrance. The roofs of most village buildings in the Cotswolds are typically of Slate, or Thatched as in the old days! Very charming!
A nearby the Inn cottage in Stoford village with its lovely thatched roof.
A frontal view of The Old Swan Inn, located in the Cotswald village of Stoford, England.
The main street through the village of Stoford. This view is just up the street from the Old Swan Inn. These lovely thatched roofed cottages are similar to those in other villages throughout the Cotswolds section of England.
A typical residential residence, this time one with a slate covered roof.
At dusk photo of The Old Swan Inn in Stoford.
The rear garden entrance to the Old Swan Inn is ideal for sitting and enjoying a pint--or two, of Bitter among friends! Weather permitting, of course.
The staff of our newly appointed sales rep, METL, for England. Chris Williams,--(The Comptroller, -(a sales guy), and Roger Isaacson. Cris and Roger are the founding owners.
Another view of the Old Swan Inn. Note its unreadable sign on the left side of the photo.
Another view of the Old Swan Inn with a better view of its interesting signpost.
Another pleasant view of an interesting thatched roofed cottage.
I was enjoying a pint of bitter inside this pub with one of my sales reps when we heard some live music coming in from the street. We went outside to have a look.
Daloney, the office manager at METL. A sharp and very pleasant English young lady to work with.
Roger Isaacson, Sales Manager and partner of Intech's sales rep for England. A very personable and technically capable person. Over the years I have enjoyed many a pint over lunch with Roger at local pubs. He has visited Intech in Santa Clara a few times, and mom once cooked a nice diner for Roger and his wife Barbara when we were living in Saratoga.
Another photo of the key personnel at METL.
The group was celebrating a traditionally old British dance. I've forgotten what they were dancing, and singing about. (Maybe 'good riddance to those pesky Colonies' now known as the USA?)