Wordless Wednesday

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Lofty hill…

The Autumn Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them — The summer flowers depart — Sit still — as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart. ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1833)

Postcard from Downton Abbey’s Grantham House aka Basildon Park

So it was the Christmas 2013 special at Downton but the Crawleys relocated to their London residence Grantham House. Many of the interior scenes were shot at Basildon Park ( see http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1355814310383/ for what the National Trust said about it ) I think I would happily have cosied up in its rooms with a good… Continue reading Postcard from Downton Abbey’s Grantham House aka Basildon Park

Postcard from Basildon Park gardens

The sun was shining and we needed an outing. The picnic was packed and after an hours drive ,we finally plonked ourselves in some deck chairs to eat whlist the kids ran around like mad things . Basildon Park and its 400 acres of trails and gardens landscaped in 1776 certainly withstood 2 energetic boisterous… Continue reading Postcard from Basildon Park gardens

And whoosh!

We stood on a spot for 45 minutes trying to keep a restless near 3 year old still in the pushchair as safer than having him roadside. First came the crowds excitedly waiting. Then the race marshals on their bikes, followed by 40 odd police outriders and then whoosh it was over! The Tour of… Continue reading And whoosh!

Honey sweet apricot focaccia

We last had this as travel fodder on route to Northumberland from Surrey . It was great travel food for breakfast but  the less scenic surroundings of The Watford gap service station car park slightly lessened the experience! I also make it as an alternative to cake for my youngest who misses out in cafés… Continue reading Honey sweet apricot focaccia