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!
The reason behind our trip was the cricket match today, and we awoke to get skies and drizzle.
Breakfast and getting ready took precedence and the drizzle became heavy showers 😞
As we wiped away 40 minutes a break in the clouds, and the rain stopped so we walked to Cardiff bay station.
We had a lovely walk to Sophia gardens, but on arrival found we were 2 1/2 hours early!
Once in the SWALEC ground we had a tea and chatted to other spectators.
AB de Villiers won the toss and England into bat. Behind where we were sitting I spied Mike Phillips, a Welsh rugby player, and had to take a cheeky snap
England batted well, with Dawid Malan hitting an impressive 78 on his debut. They got 181 runs from their 20 overs, so a chase was on.
Very few would know all of the players on both sides, but we were treated to a feisty display both with bat and in the field. SA lost the key wicket of AB de Villiers and SA were 19 runs short. England won the series 2-1.
We stayed for the celebrations and presentations.
We had failed to find the time of the last train to Cardiff Bay, so went for a bus, but had to call a taxi in the end.
We picked up a bottle of fizz, some pasta and cheesecake and enjoyed a mini feast.it has been another lovely sojourn with laughter, nature and sport.
When’s the next one? ☺️😎
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 🏆🤗💕
On a recent walk to the Essex Cricket Ground I had to take this picture . What a haven in the middle of the city. The water, the trees and the railway line up on the bridge all components taking the eye on a journey.
I love the greenery against the red brick and it makes me think of my childhood and the Scottish countryside that we would explore with our grandparents. We were blessed and I am thankful for the memories💕
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.