Leaving the Drillmans Arms lubricated and rested, I turned up the White Way and headed up the hill only to have a builder (taking a beer break with his dog) point out that it is too hot for running; I stopped and said I was only going as far as the next pub and he said that it would be in North Cerney (about 4 miles away). ”I don’t want to go that far, what about this way?” He gave me some directions to, first, the Drillman’s, which I told him had just closed, and then a couple of others, but since I wanted a couple of miles before stopping I made a loop that took me out onto a limited access dual carriageway. Eventually, though, I found my way back to the Waggon and Horses.
The bartender was wrapped up in her puzzle and no one else was around, which seemed strange. The place has quite a reputation for its Thai food so I thought at least one lingering (or malingering) customer would still be there. Oh, well, I decided to Keep Calm and Carry On (by ordering a pint by that name).
Flipping through some photo books of Cirencester during the 1930′s and 40′s, the soundtrack bled through and I realised they had three CD’s alternating treating me to Howling Wolf, the Squeeze album out a couple of years ago, and an album of 50′s honky-tonk music by women singers. Very nice.