On our preparation day this last week, we went for a walk on a bike path we discovered. After a while we saw some steps going up the hill from the path, so we climbed those to a public footpath that crossed pastured hills. Soon we came to a little village. We asked a lady that was walking her dog where we were and she said, “Woodchester” and then she took us to the “must-see” place. There in the middle of an old churchyard was an ancient Roman Villa, dating from 400 AD. A huge 47 feet square mosaic, the largest in Europe north of the Alps, was there! How often do you go for a walk and come across something like that! The interesting thing was that it is buried under dirt. The story goes that in the 1960’s it was unearthed and thousands of people overran the little village, so they covered it back up–perhaps also to preserve it. A replica of it is displayed in a museum somewhere. The plaque shows a copy of it. Pretty fascinating! A fun Roman adventure and lovely spring walk to Woodchester!