BOOK SIGNING at Heritage Day in Faringdon

Cotswolds author Diz White is pleased to be a part of Faringdons Heritage Day celebrations by speaking about her book and showing a selection of stunning Cotswolds photographs by her photographer husband, Randall Montgomery. She will be appearing on the second floor of the Pump House in the town square. Also featured will be the Faringdon Hunt with thier magnificent horses and people friendly dogs.  See below for details

Heritage Day

Heritage Day

Come and learn about the beautiful market town of Farringdon. Lots to see and do for the whole family including the Farringdon hunt, fossil experts and 100 year old photographs!

Visit Landmarks of the Cotswolds that Reflect its Beauty

The shimmering, cool rivers, ponds and streams of the Cotswolds provide a wonderful mirror-image of the beauty of this forgotten-by-time region. Here are some Cotswold reflections captured in several of its most treasured landmarks.
Visit these lovely places and enjoy a few calming moments of contemplation by the soothing sounds of trickling water.

1Kiftsgate Garden

Kiftsgate Garden, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire
This garden, created by three generations of women, is a must-see. A series of interconnected garden rooms and descending terraces offer spectacular views, some of which are reflected in a pond overlooking an endless vista of the Cotswolds.

2Cornwell Manor in the Cotswolds is a Grade II listed Manor House in West Oxfordshire

This lovely garden evokes images of Downton Abbey in Edwardian times with beautifully gowned women and suave men in tuxedos, chatting, as they drink a pre-dinner sherry. Perhaps these dinner guests stroll, on a warm summer’s evening by the reflecting waters of the fountain, before pairing up to take their places in the elegant dining room of this matchless 17th Century manor.

4Prior Park Garden

This National Trust Grade I listed garden, Prior Park, just south of Bath, Somerset, is built high on a hillside with spectacular views of Bath as just one of its many attractions. It was created by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen and begun in 1734. There are few flowers and no formal beds in this garden; it is all about breathtaking views, restful green lawns, reflecting water from the lakes and a sculptural Palladian bridge, creating a mellow mood that is immensely pleasing.

5Shilton Open Gardens

Shilton, tucked away in the Shill Brook Valley, near Burford, Oxfordshire is a charming village with much to boast about. There is a traditional pub, The Rose and Crown, which serves delicious food, and camera-ready ducks that occasionally cause cars to swerve out of their way as they cross a nearby ford. The flower-bedecked gardens are so beautiful that they are opened to the public once a year for the National Garden Scheme. It was at an open garden that this wrought iron bridge was glimpsed, its delicate pattern making a mesmerizing reflection in the stream below.

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Westbury Court Garden

Westbury Court Garden near Gloucester and the Severn River on the edges of the Cotswolds is a revelation. It is the only 17th Century restored Dutch water garden in Great Britain. The National Trust rescued it in 1967 using an engraving of the garden from 1707 as a guide for its restoration. The calming trickle of the lily-covered canals, and the endless reflections from the gently rippling water make this garden a wonderful place for peaceful relaxation.

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Little Faringdon Mill Near Lechlade

There has been a Mill on this site for over a thousand years which is evident from its Domesday Book listing. The two photographs of the mill, above and below, give an indication of its idyllic setting with a charming barn and weeping willow trees reflected in the streams that lazily weave around this lovely property.

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Photographs by Randall Montgomery ©2014 Available for purchase at PublicityPromo@aol.com

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Scrumptious Seafood Saute Recipe with Cotswold Butter

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I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside Seafood Sauté 

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This scrumptious Seafood Sauté is really enhanced by using locally churned Cotswold Butter which is available at many Cotswold farmer’s markets. Below is the link to farmer’s markets in the region. This link and other useful foodie information appear in the Travel Guide of my book COTSWOLDS MEMOIR: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. (Available on Amazon in Paperback, Kindle and Audio Book)

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I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside Seafood Sauté Recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients 

1 fresh, live Lobster
10 fresh uncooked peeled Shrimp
10 fresh uncooked unpeeled Shrimp
1 cup Fresh peeled Crayfish Tails (where available)
8 fresh Mussels
8 fresh Clams
12 fresh Scallops

2 whole Lemons cut into segments
4 bulbs finely chopped Garlic
4 table spoons finely chopped Parsley
2 table spoons fresh Oregano
2 table spoons fresh Rosemary
2 tea spoons Tarragon
1 cup Butter (Cotswold butter if possible)
2 table spoons Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method

Requirements:

2 Iron skillets with handles that will go from
oven to table. One for each serving
(For the best results this dish should be prepared in 2 x 9” cast iron skillets
although a stainless steel skillet of this size will work almost as well.)

Plunge Lobster into boiling water, cover and cook for 20 minutes
After Lobster is done turn off heat and leave
in the pot while preparing the other ingredients:

Dry Scallops with paper towel
Make sure Butter is very hot but not burning
in a separate pan sauté Scallops in 2 table spoons of Butter
for three to four minutes or until not quite cooked through

Prepare the Clams and Mussels by steaming them until they pop open.
Remove immediately from the steamer, removing the top shell from the Mussels and set aside

Remove Lobster from pot and dry with paper towel
With a very sharp knife cut Lobster in half and crack the claws

Heat both skillets to medium heat
Divide 1 cup Butter between two skillets
Divide Garlic into two and add to both skillets.
Sauté Garlic for a minute or so being careful not to burn
Stir all herbs into the pan reserving 2 table spoons Parsley
Add Shrimp and Mussels (shell up) and cook until almost done
Turn up heat as much as possible without burning butter
Add half Lobster to each skillet with shell facing upwards
Ladle butter from skillet over Lobster
Add Crayfish Tails and Scallops
Stir, making sure all the ingredients are coated in butter and herbs
and cook until all the seafood is thoroughly cooked

Sprinkle with Parsley, add lemon wedges

Serve and eat immediately.

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New! Cotswolds Memoir Audio Book

NEW! Audio Book
COTSWOLDS MEMOIR

Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain
on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage

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to vivid life as she performs over 70 characters 

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Co-Produced and Directed by EMMY AWARD WINNER Marsha Goodman

* Award-winning actress brings Cotswolds alive with Bill Bryson-style humour
* Downloadable Travel Guide- Visitors can use in their car on their travel tour
* Does for the Cotswolds what Under the Tuscan Sun did for Italy
* Donation to Cotswolds Conservation Organizations from book’s proceeds

 

The ultimate laugh-out-loud, good life, house-hunting, foodie, travel-tour, meet the eccentric locals, roller-coaster cliff hanger, fun memoir. A love note to the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful regions of England.

Although it might not seem as if buying a cottage would make for an exciting story, in this Audio Book, Diz has turned her journey into a fun-filled adventure. It all begins when this Award-winning comedy actress finds herself craving Yorkshire Pudding at every meal, knowing that her roots are pulling her back from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to her homeland in the UK. After a holiday in the Cotswolds, with her husband, Diz is hooked and the hunt is on to find her dream country cottage.

Diz’s experience as a top professional on-camera and voice actress, much in demand for Hollywood films and television, guarantees a charming read in her soft English accent for this Audio Book. During this entertaining tale she also captures the spirit of the Cotswolds in her uncannily accurate portrayals of the eccentric country characters she meets on her search for the perfect cottage.

Diz’s quest includes an exploration of the Cotswolds as she visits Roman settlements, Domesday Churches, archaeology digs, and enjoys river rambles, garden tours and pub hikes. Her roller-coaster journey leads to being charged by a bull named Chasin’ Mason, auditioning for the hind end of a horse and trampled by thirty children while wearing a bear suit. But the fondness she develops for this region and its vivid people gives her a feeling of community missing from her busy urban existence.
This memoir explores the author’s journey, through a combination of laugh-out-loud moments and cliff-hanging twists, to the satisfaction of a hard won prize. Join Diz in this five hour Audio Book as she draws the listener into her Cotswold bliss on a virtual trip to one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

British-born Diz White divides her time between an acting and writing career in Hollywood – credits include Voice – How to Train Your Dragon, Titanic, Friends, Boston Legal and many more On camera: Star Trek Next Generation, Bullshot (HandMade Films) – and the Cotswolds – her passion. She wrote Haunted Cotswolds (The History Press), Haunted Cheltenham (The History Press) and produced with her husband GHOSTS OF GREAT BRITAIN COLLECTION – Haunted Cotswolds DVD (Available on Amazon).

What the Press says about Cotswolds Memoir

“Diz White writes about the Cotswolds with such passion. Superb story telling.”

Debbie McGeeBBC

“It’s enchanting …very funny…..Diz White has written a book that paints a nostalgic and affectionate canvas.”

          Steven Leigh MorrisLos Angeles Weekly

“Extremely entertaining, funny and beautifully written”

Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life Magazine

“Wakes us up to the joys on our doorstep”

Sue Bradley, Gloucestershire Echo

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