Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Cotswolds

I'm on the bus home to London now, and the M4 makes a less-than-ideal office. We went on an all day mini-bus tour of the Cotswolds today, which is a charming area of the English countryside that has been very well preserved (as all preserved towns are) by economic disaster. And thanks to very tough modern-day building codes, the villages are the same as they were some 600 years ago, though the farmers have all been replaced by celebrities. In fact, some celebrities are even starting to move out because the place is "being overrun by celebrities."

I was standing at this spot here
this morning admiring a little cottage where the Blanket brothers got cold one night, stitched a bunch of wool together, and invented the blanket, when Mr. Beazer pulled up and hopped out of his Mercedes. The man seems nice enough (and he's working hard on an early Sunday morning) but I've watched his company Beazer Homes (NYSE: BZH) drop from $80 per share down to today's price of $7.80. Mr. Beazer looked as if he didn't know that half of all adjustable rate mortgages were resetting in the last three months of 2007, and most of the other half reset in early 2008. Then again, I don't know why I'm talking like I'm going to teach him a lesson -- he's the one who owns a guest house next door to the Blanket brothers. Still, it was interesting running into him all the way out here.


Mom said...

Beautiful beyond words.

Brieanna said...

are those houses haunted? it looks like it