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Snowshill Manner & Gardens

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday! Hope you’ve all had a great one. 

Today I went exploring to another National Trust property and gardens. This time it was the Snowshill Manner and Gardens, once home to the eccentric Charles Wade. The house is dated back to the late 15th century; it boasts amazing gardens and surroundings, set in the heart of the Cotswolds. 


It’s hard for me to believe that this charming little house holds 22,000 items, all collected by Charles Wade himself. He didn’t want to create a museum, just a collection of things he liked. My personal favourites were the beautiful cabinets filled with numerous trinkets and bits and bobs. 


The attic was my favourite room. It is filled with bicycles. Bicycles on the floor, walls and ceiling, all different sizes. It really does need to be experienced first hand. Oh, and a ship on the ceiling too…


I’ll need to revisit this place. There’s always more to see. I’d like to see the development and progress of the restoration of the model fishing village. 


So, today was just lovely. Life is about seeing new places and trying new things; making memories. I feel like I experienced something else today. I loved it! I’ve genuinely never seen a place like it. 


For more information visit The National Trust Website

Big love xx

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens – Chipping Campden 

Hello loves! 

Happy 1st of June! I can’t believe it’s June already. Where on earth is the time going? Well in true British style, it’s pouring down here where I am. Therefore, I saw this as my perfect opportunity to show you some photos from a very lovely place I visited. 

Kiftsgate Court Gardens is a little hidden gem. It’s stunning. Three generations of women have created and maintained this little beauty. 

I really liked this little water feature. It felt very modern and contemporary, yet it still fitted in with the whole feel of the gardens. 

The range of flowers and trees were astounding. Time, love and thought has been spent on making this garden beautiful; a place for everyone to enjoy. 

I thought these flowers were particularly lovely. The colours were beautiful. These were my favourites from our day out. 

Finally, tucked away, right at the bottom was this lovely swimming pool. The view I cannot describe. The Cotswolds are beautiful regardless of the clouds. You can see me standing just before it! 

For more information, see the website on the image above. It really is a wonderful little place. 

Have a great start to June everyone! 

Big love xx

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Sunny Stratford (upon Avon)

Morning! 

I was given the opportunity this week to spend a whole day along the Riverside in the glorious sunshine, whilst waiting for my poorly car to be fixed. I decided to be a mini tourist for the day! 

It was a little trip down memory lane for me, I must admit. I took this first picture in my favourite spot along the river. It’s quite a way back along the RSC gardens, just before the Holy Trinity Church. You can just see the top of the RSC Theatre Tower in the background. I also had a friendly swan for company. 

  

From here I took a slow stroll across to Holy Trinity Church. It really is a remarkable building. There’s some work going on at the moment to help restore the roof, but it’s still stunning. Inside is William Shakespeare’s grave. It brought back some memories from when I was at Primary school, because we used to walk here for Harvest Festival. 

  
I then walked all the way round back to the top of riverside, past the RSC Theatre and the many boats. The pictures below are taken from a bridge towards the end of the river. In the first, you can see the beautiful theatre which is also having some work done currently. The second, you can see the lock and the town.

 
  
This is only a tiny part of Stratford, but it is rather beautiful in the sunshine. It passed the time quite nicely. I remember sitting under the big tree in the bottom picture, drinking chocolate frappuccinos from Starbucks when I was 16 with my friends. Various people would perform and act. I also remember hiding my umbrella in the bush at the end when the fair was in town. I did get it back at the end of the night! 

Memories are so important, and I feel so lucky to have this town as my growing up place. I hope everyone enjoys these photos! I’d love to see some of your photos from where you grew up.  

Have a great weekend 🙂

BL xx

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Dunster Castle, Dunster Near Minehead

Hi everyone! 

I’ve been on my travels again and visited this astounding castle, Dunster Castle. There has been a castle on the site since the Norman times, but the castle I saw, that stands today is the Luttrell family home from the 19th century. 

The castle is really quite astonishing; the rooms are exquisite, the wooden staircase really is a work of art. One of my favourite features was the ceiling, where, in the design were pigs and deer, along with cherubs chasing animals.  

   

Again, the gardens were visually stunning. The Dream Garden truly shows the work from funding, with its new garden bench where I sat to enjoy the beautiful flowers of a variety of different colours. The Riverside Garden boasts of a lovers seat and a gorgeous free flowing stream that heads back to the working water mill. 

 

The working water mill is a work of art. The gentleman inside was telling me yellow wagtails were nesting there, and I was lucky enough to see them flying about their daily business. My dad and I bought a bag of flour that was milled a  couple of days previous in order to bake our own bread and scones. In all honesty, I’m not too sure when we will get around to doing this! 

The Library was, of course, my favourite room. The books, some belonging to the family, the original wallpaper from the 1900s, the fireplace, the very fashionable carpets and seating. I just wanted to move in there and then. It’s a good job it isn’t the Victorian times, as this room was considered a man’s room therefore, I wouldn’t have been allowed in! 

  

I really enjoyed spending a day here. There is something for everyone. It’s steeped in history, the gardens are lovely and the staff are in every room to tell you little anecdotes from the family.  It’s a place I would recommend to anyone for visiting this summer!

Find out more here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/ 

Big love x
  

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The National Trust – Hidcote, Chipping Campden

As part of my birthday celebrations, my family and I went to Hidcote. It is a part of the Natinal Trust – a charity that is close to my family’s heart.

  
It is just such a beautiful and inspiring place. It was quite busy, but it really didn’t feel like it. The weather was mixed, but again it just seemed to add to the glorious sights of these stunning gardens.    


Everywhere you looked there were the most beautiful plants and flowers. I am a massive lover of outdoor spaces. This one was just stunning. There’s 10 acres of land, something different at every turn. It’s just gorgeous. 

  
I felt like I’d stepped into the secret garden. There were lots of little secret turns and twists, each with their own statement pieces. The rose below caught my eye. It’s just so delicate and fragile, yet standing there proud and glorious. 

  
  
  
I’ve no idea how old this tree is. It sheltered me from the rain, but was still elegant in its movements in the wind. I just kept thinking about what this tree has lived through, what its seen, the number of people that have walked by or stood beneath it. 

  

I really enjoyed my day here. I felt like nothing and no one could break my inner calm. I could picture myself in various areas reading books and having a picnic. My family were getting ideas about what to do to improve and enhance our gardens back home. It was beautiful. If you’re ever in the area, make sure you visit. It was the epitome of tranquility. 

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote/ 

Big love x

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