Last October we signed up the The National Trust; Perhaps a sign of our impending middle age, but more likely dues to our love of old houses and the countryside. Since we signed up we have been exploring a raft of properties, we are going to share some out our photos and thoughts here.
On Sunday 1st May we made the most of the Sunny weather and headed to Ightham Mote (pronounced Item Moat) in Kent. The House is a fourteenth century moated manor house, and eludes all the period charm you would expect of a 700 year old house. The historian David Starkey describes the house as ‘one of the most beautiful and interesting of English country houses’ and who are we to disagree?
The House is sounded by a moat consists of about 70 rooms around a very beautiful central courtyard. Highlights include the great hall, the old and new chapels, a tudor painted ceiling and the only listed dog house in the country. There are introductory talks to help you get a sense of the place, and you can do a tour of the tower to learn even more.
The gardens are very pleasant to walk around, and there are 3 guided walks around the estate. As it is bluebell time of year we opted for the Scathes Wood route. This being a National Trust property there is a lovely little shop and a cafe for lunch or tea.
Find out more at the National Trust website
May Day Bank Holiday weekend, as sure sign that spring is in full swing and time some new adventures. This is our top five for the Bank Holiday weekend.
One of the joys of gardening is taking time to admire your handiwork. We have been going great guns on our veg patch, so it was lovely to enjoy a beer and take stock. Plenty more to do, but we’re feeling confident!
On Sunday morning we got up early and headed into town to go to the Columbia Road Flower Market. We bought a few plants and some flowers for the cottage. Columbia Road flower market is one of the delights of London on a Sunday, and if you of be sure to stop by Cafe Columbia for a bagel and a coffee – a pretty simple place but it is one of our favourites!
We are currently making the most of our National Trust membership, we headed to Quebec House in Westerham, Kent. This eighteenth century house was the childhood home of General James Wolfe. It is a charming smaller property, very interesting to look around.
As is tradition in our house we always have pancakes on Bank Holidays. Neither of us are quite sure why or when we started this tradition, but we carry on regardless!
Richard grew up in Chobham, Surrey. Every May Day bank holiday the village turns out for it’s annual carnival. As a child Richard took part in the carnival; it is great to go back, see old friends and enjoy the fact that in the 2o years since not much has changed!
Every week we are going to share five things we have been up to, things we’ve discovered or things that have made us smile. so without further ado let’s get on with this weeks top five!
We went to the Village of Bibury in the Cotswolds. it was a glorious day and was wonderful to walk around their picturesque village; the highlight being the seventeenth-century weavers’ cottages and water meadow.
It is Bluebell season! Bluebells are undoubtably one of the most iconic of british wild flowers, is there anything better than a walk in a bluebell wood?
Whilst we are living with Richard’s Mum & Dad we will be looking after their veg patch, and creating a cutting garden. One of the first things we planted in the cutting garden are some sweetpeas, we’re looking forward to their gorgeous scent later in there summer.
After much discussion back and forth we have decided to head for a week in the Loire Valley. We have been before, but it is so lovely and really not that far away or expensive. Very much looking forward to lots of wine, food, exploring chateaux and relaxation!
Now we have temporarily moved into Richard’s Mum & Dad’s cottage, Richard needed to set up a place for him to work as a freelance graphic designer. He has created a cosy nook, with plenty of natural light and surrounded but some of his favourite things.