Bev and I have known each other for over 30 years and a recent invite to accompany her to althorp was one that I had to take up.
Weather was set fair and I drove to her home, and we made the journey to Northants.
First stop was to visit the above, then we made our way to the cafe for lunch. Ginger beer and a smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich went down a treat.
We wandered through the exhibitions delighting in the photos of Diana, reminded of her charity work, and her legacy. As we approach the 20th anniversary of her death, there has been renewed coverage in the media, only last week the programme with her beloved sons ‘Diana, Our Mother’ which gave a flavour of the fun loving woman she was.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the ancestral home, with an enthusiastic and informative guide. We then made our way out to the lake.
It is such a beautiful spot and we spent time on a bench reflecting on the last twenty years. We are both blessed with wonderful families, good health, and take opportunities that come our way. That doesn’t mean that we’ve not had difficult times, but with love and support we have had the ability to cope.
A cuppa and a sweet treat were required before hitting the gift shop!
A long journey back and a fish supper was consumed, before I made my trip home.
A truly wonderful day spent in lovely company!
Unusually for me, there were no plans for this weekend, and as the weather was to deteriorate, a day of sunbathing was in order. But first the cloudy skies and a downpour seemed to put paid to that
But the clouds diminished and the sun shone!
It was so warm and lovely to enjoy being in the garden. Blue skies, green grass and a cacophony of flora.
Poor Oscar struggled with the heat, trying to find somewhere cool to lie.
Sunday was spent largely relaxing, FaceTime to Melbourne and the Monaco GP.
Today has been a little more industrious, and for half a millisecond the house was tidy!
We enjoyed breakfast in the garden, but intermittent showers curtailed lunch outside.
It has been wonderful to see the garden change over the last few weeks and no doubt this will continue, with colour now everywhere to be seen, smell is becoming a feature too.
A paella and a glass of sangria for dinner and the weekend is over, with the news filled with more about the dreadful act last Monday.
We live in scary times: we have before, and we need to allow time for healing. Easier said than done. 🙏🏻
We travelled 102 miles to Harrogate and didn’t have to travel very far for breakfast. Just along the road we found Hoxton North: modern with a great vibe and fab food
Breakfast demolished we checked out, took a cheeky photo by a flash car, then we were off to Alnwick. Playlist was very 60’s, 70’s with the Beatles featuring. So many memories, emotion never far from brimming over, but joyous too.
Alnwick Gardens were bathed in sunshine and we took advantage of as many photo opportunities as possible. The poison garden tour was well worth it, interesting and informative ( maniacal cackle, whilst rubbing hands)
A cuppa and cake was now needed, and we had some company!
We continued round the gardens and made our way to the treehouses.
Such a lovely place and the third visit in eight months!
Seahouses, not to see houses, but a fishing village on the coast. Not quite as expected but a bracing walk to the harbour certainly built up our appetite for fish and chips.
Replete, we walked back to ugiebrae where we are staying tonight. Comfortable twin room, with all required accoutrements!
The pleasure of beautiful surroundings, sunshine, and laughter is infinitesimal.
Tomorrow and the delights of Bamburgh, North Berwick and Murrayfield beckons 🏆🤗💕
Absolutely love this as purple flowers have broken through, ready to burst into a cacophony of bloom within the next few days. Nature is a wonderful thing, as every year we see plants come to life, propagate and fill the garden with colour and form. I have had these bulbs for two years and this is the first time they have flowered.