It’s the last day of May and more importantly for me, my Dads birthday. As you probably know, we are huge National Trust fans so a birthday was excuse to visit a new place today: Croome.
As soon as we arrived and saw the view, I could literally feel my breath leave my body. It was just stunning. It was a shame it was a cloudy day, but we could just see the Malvern Hills in the background.
There’s a lot to discover at Croome. This used to be a secret wartime airbase where thousands of people used to work. You can relive the memories in the museum which is full of interesting, historical features. I loved seeing the uniforms and the emotional telegrams as seen below.
The property, Croome Court, lies in the centre of the woodland. This used to be the home of the Earls of Coventry but it tells the tale of huge loss. Nevertheless, the outer of the building was visually impressive. Yet due to debt, the majority of the rooms were empty. This place requires imagination to recreate this in your minds from its hay day. My favourite features are the fireplaces. These are a couple of my favourites.
The parkland was the best part. Green land everywhere, with lovely spring flowers. The smells, the fresh air – perfect for blowing the cobwebs away. The path leads to a beautiful lake with a fascinating Chinese bridge.
I felt completely at peace today. There really is nothing better than walking around, at your own pace, soaking the freshness in.
Really this place needs another visit just to see the rest of the land. For today it was just perfect to have family time.
For more information please visit: National Trust Croome.
I hope May has treated you all wonderfully. Yet again I feel like it’s flown by.
So, here’s to June: sunshine, memories, happiness.
I hope you’re all doing well. It’s the last weekend of my Easter holiday and the sun was shining again! I had to make the most of this so I took my parents to Coughton Court.
We’ve visited here a number of times so we didn’t focus on the house. Instead, because it was so sunny, we took the opportunity to go on a number of walks. The first part we went to see was The Walled Garden.
I suffer from hay fever so sometimes I get really sneezy. However, today I could smell the beautiful flowers. I love this time of year!
Another walk we did was The Riverside Walk. Being near water always makes me feel tranquil and calm. I have no idea why, but I always feel better by water. We had some lovely ducks accompanying us.
Sometimes I feel like I really take these places and family time for granted. Time is always moving and I really miss days out and time with those who mean the most because I’m working. However, this makes up for it! Making memories!
For more information on this beautiful, historical venue please click here.
Have an amazing weekend lovely people!
Big love! Xx
Happy March! Spring is nearly here but I’m feeling like is because we’ve had lots of sunshine! It makes everyone feel so much better. I love seeing the spring flowers poking their little heads out, ready to show their colour. I’m thankful it’s a sign that winter is nearly out the way.
I went for a little stroll around Charlecote Park. I absolutely love it there. I’ve posted about it before so I won’t repeat myself again. It’s grand Victorian house and beautiful land with roaming deer. I find them so tranquil and peaceful. I also feel immensely calm when I watch them. I can’t believe I was so close to them this time as well. I had to get a selfie!
Make Spring count for you, it’s the start of all things new. I’m going to make more time to see things, visit places, do something different. Watch this space!
Big love xxx
Hope you’re all having a great weekend. I took one last opportunity to go exploring, this time with my lovely Mum and Dad. We all work ridiculous hours, like many families, so we always try and make our time count.
Followers of my blog will know how much we love our National Trust membership; this time we visited Chedworth Roman Villa.
What blew me away was the fact that it was literally tucked away in the middle of nowhere. How did the Romans find it? Why that spot? So many unanswered questions.
The biggest fascination I had was with the fact that there’s still more to be discovered. Inside the museum, which was added in the Victorian period, parts of mosaic and stone were being still being found last year. It’s always quite inspiring to know there’s secrets hidden beneath the earth.
The mosaic they have found so far are so beautiful. It’s incredible what has been preserved so far.
Places like this require imagination. There are only parts left. But, I find that quite magical really. It’s giving you an active piece of history that you can interpret yourself. My favourite part: the bathhouse rooms and the outdoor water shrine.
I enjoyed getting my geek on in terms of history this weekend. I hoped you enjoyed my photos! If you’d like more information, check out The National Trust Website.
Big love to you all xxx
Happy Sunday everyone!
I’ve survived my first week back of a new term! However, I wanted to hold onto one last little piece of my holiday, a visit to the Brockhampton Estate.
What I loved about here is there are two gorgeous, timber framed, medieval buildings surrounded by a moat. These date back to the 14th century. Imagine the comings and goings these buildings have seen. It fascinates me!
It’s a shame it was fairly cloudy when I visited; it’s still rather impressive though.
The house is surrounded by 1000 acres of farmland and 700 acres of woodland. It’s a place where you can walk around and not bump into anyone. It’s rather peaceful for a working farm.
Inside the house, there’s a lot of solid wood furniture, fires and glorious beds. You could even try out fashions of that period. (I had to of course!)
I don’t want to ruin anymore surprises for you, but I would definitely recommend a visit.
For more information check out The National Trust website.
Big love! Xx
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
Today marks a special date in the literary world. It is the 150th birthday of the one and only Beatrix Potter. The legacy she leaves behind is remarkable. She was a keen writer, illustrator and sheep farmer. Her beautiful house is available to look around. It is as she left it, with her nick-nacks placed as she wished. The National Trust are looking after her property and grounds now.
To celebrate, a few weeks ago I found this lovely looking book from a National Trust shop. I can’t wait to learn more about the books I loved growing up. There are some beautiful photos in this book too.
There have already been special coins by Royal Mint released earlier this year to mark this occasion. I’ve been on the look out but I’m yet to find one! I’ll definitely keep trying though! (Images below from Google)
Today, the Royal Mail have released new stamps as well to celebrate this amazing woman. They are so cute! I will have to get myself a set of these. (Image from Google)
So, I’ve been thinking about how I can mark this birthday in my own way, in a way that’s special to me. I’d love to visit her house, but the chances of that are quite unlikely due to distance. Therefore, I’ve decided that this summer I am going to read my favourite Beatrix Potter stories, in the garden, in the sunshine. There’s no bigger tribute that I can give as one person. Without people reading her stories, her legacy would have died long ago. Let’s keep the magic alive.
A hearty thanks to Beatrix. You’ve made many a childhood more exciting and adventurous. You’ve made children love the outdoors and animals. I have vast memories of reading these stories at my Grandma’s house as a youngster.
Finally, it’s important to remember this:
Beatrix Potter lovers out there, what are you doing to mark such a special birthday? Have you been lucky enough to get one of the 50p coins yet?
Big love all xx