What nicer way to spend a warm, sunny summer’s day than to get out of the sweaty city and spend a few hours wandering around one of Britain’s fine old rural estates and its manicured grounds? To read the stories of scandal, daring-do, noble intrigue, battles and sumptuous parties across the centuries. What nicer way to spend that day indeed. Mrs P and I did just that. Albeit in reverse. Continue reading “Syon House”
I have a top tip. Before you buy anything, join anything or go anywhere, type the object of your desire into Google and add the word ‘discount’, ‘voucher’ or ‘coupon’. Or all three. It often works wonders. The number of 2 for 1 offers and their ilk that I have found over the years has saved me Continue reading “Historic Houses Association Discount”
Measuring the coming and going of the seasons should be a near enough exact science. According to the calendar, autumn begins on September 22nd. My preference is to allocate seasons into more organised three month blocks. Winter is December, January and February. Spring claims March, April and May. Summer spreads itself across June, July and August. Obviously, autumn is September and October. Continue reading “Season’s End”
Enough of Brexit for today. Instead, I have a little reminder that England is still, at least in parts, a land worthy of building Jerusalem upon. Although quite frankly, given the trouble they have with Jerusalem in it’s current location, perhaps it’s best left where it is.
We have never been to Jerusalem. We have now been to Minterne Gardens though, and a very peaceful, green and pleasant place it is. Click here to see a few more photos…
Spring is in the air. In a metaphorical sense more than a literal sense. The days have gotten longer and sunset has been deferred an hour thanks to the switch to British Summer Time. Crocuses and cherry blossom are in bloom. The sun shines brightly on good days, giving us deep blue skies with pillow white clouds. Early morning are greeted with a chorus of birdsong. But if you closed your eyes over the last week, you mightd be Continue reading “Mapperton House”