Look how lovely, a familiar sight perhaps - I loved seeing them as I drove over the common and down to Stonehouse.
Not so many Highland Cattle as plain old Holsteins.
I made a programme for Radio 4 about the cattle leaving the Common through a gate and trashing our vegetable garden. We were not protected by a cattle grid and when they lost grazing they would break out.
Our younger daughter used to drive them back again and, somewhere, we have a lovely picture of her doing just that.
I don’t remember seeing any Highland cattle but I did my driving over the common in 1990-1994. I saw balloons emerging from the mist down on the right hand side of the road as you came off the common… This picture was posted this week by a Minchinhampton resident, (friend of a friend of mine who works in Stroud and lives in Nailsworth)! But I don’t know when it was taken and at first I thought it was photoshopped.
I was telling my wife the other day about the cattle grids! Been ages since I’ve driven up there. Used to go up on the common as a mid-teen with my parents to walk the dogs, my step-mum was from Dursley.
I have just been sent a picture taken by one of our old neighbours. He is in his car behind a Highland cow in the middle of the road on Minchinhampton Common.
Maybe one of the same ones! Perhaps they are on the rampage
He was stuck behind it, so hardly rampaging.
…or a particularly nice view either!
My goodness how Minchinhampton Common has changed!