Monday, 28 April 2008

Herd Of The Countryside?

One of the great things about living in Cheltenham is that you are never very far from the countryside. To the North are the rolling fields towards Tewkesbury, to the East are the Cotswold hills and all the chocolate box villages, to the South the Forest of Dean, and to the West the spectacular Malvern hills. Between these four points are numerous farms, villages, woods, forest and fields.

This herd of cows, well calves actually, are in the fields that separate the South West of Cheltenham and the suburbs of the neighbouring city of Gloucester. Over the years this strip of farmland (the Green Belt) has been gradually shrinking and is always under threat from development, as the Green Belt boundary changes. I hope that there will always be some open space between Cheltenham and Gloucester as the merger of the two heavily populated areas would do them both damage.

15 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is an excellent post with vivid colors. They all look like young cows and calves; neither milking nor beef, so they are like teenagers.

I don't mind trying to cope with word verification. You have it turned on and I don't want to spend five or six tries guessing what the letters are.

I will keep pushing "enter" with the cursor where the box is as if I had entered something and watch to see how plain the letters are. And if I get a clean set I will be able to post this.

Jim said...

I love the brown one. He's probably thinking why does everyone always look at me?

Louis la Vache said...

Louis la Vache thanks you for this fine photo of his English cousins....

brian said...

one of these cows is not like the others, one of these cows is just not the same! do the blacks cows let the brown cow play in their cow games? =)

Neva said...

A very great post.....the Green belt I have heard of...like many things that change, I hope this doesn't shrink anymore either!

• Eliane • said...

Aww... "butter!!!", was my first reaction when I saw this picture. It reminded me that I once again forgot to buy it while it was well on my shopping list. Then I was distracted by the chocolate box village something. ;)

magiceye said...

beautiful picture... very soothing

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is Monday and I commented first on Sunday, so count this as two visits I guess.

By the way, I prefer real butter and real milk and real eggs to all the other stuff like we used to get in the Army.

Oh, and you still got word verification turned on. Nasty. Can't really understand the letters.

Chuck Pefley said...

You and "cat Marley" live in an idyllic setting. Great post and photo today.

By the way, I share Abe's frustration with the "new" word verification ... it has become a real pain.

ciao, Chuck

Lori said...

I love your photograph today. The cows are lovely. (I think cows grazing always look so calm and peaceful.) You are lucky to be near this area. I hope the green belt stays the same!!

Jackie said...

That's a great picture - best that you stayed that side of the hedge though! I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of a protective cow, they're a bit on the big side!

I wonder if the brown one notices she's different to the others?

Curly said...

Great picture today, very much England!

Today I'm saying a huge big thank you for the support shown by CDP bloggers.

D.C. Confidential said...

Hey, I live on a street called Tewkesbury! Unfortunately, it isn't as bucolic as this scene. No cows wandering the streets here, though at one time there were pre-1860s.

Beautiful picture!

ShutterSpy said...

Wonderful! :-D

I love the differently coloured calf!

Ming the Merciless said...

Mooooo!!!!!!!!!

Those are pretty good looking cows.

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