Having fun at Canons Ashby

Having fun at Canons Ashby

Do you ever find that you’ve lived somewhere for years and missed visiting a total gem that’s right on your doorstep? That’s exactly whats happened to me recently.  I’ve lived in this part of the country for well over 30 years and had never visited a particular National Trust property…. Continue reading »

Exploring Croome Court

Exploring Croome Court

We were looking for some new places to explore over the recent Easter holidays and I always like to make use of our National Trust membership where I can.  I was flicking through the members book, looking for ideas when I found somewhere that I was pretty sure would tick… Continue reading »

Exploring Scotney Castle

Exploring Scotney Castle

When I’d booked for us to stay in Kent for a couple of days for Monkey’s birthday, I was looking for places to visit on the Sunday on our way home.I’d watched the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year series on TV recently and fallen for one of the locations…. Continue reading »

Exploring Bodiam Castle

Exploring Bodiam Castle

You may recall that we visited Kent for a few days last month, for Monkey’s birthday.  We’d spent the morning of his birthday enjoying a steam train ride on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, had some lunch and I’d got an idea in mind for the afternoon.  Monkey has… Continue reading »

Exploring Chastleton House

Exploring Chastleton House

Last Sunday we were in the Cotswolds to review a pub lunch and I was looking for somewhere to visit in the afternoon.  We’ve been to the area lots of times over the year but I was really looking for somewhere new to go.  Then the penny dropped, it was… Continue reading »

Walking around Staunton Harold Reservoir

Walking around Staunton Harold Reservoir

Monkey and I were staying with my best friend up in Derbyshire last weekend.  The sun was due to be shining and we were all itching to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. On Saturday we decided to head to Calke and enjoy a day walking around Staunton Harold Reservoir…. Continue reading »

Springtime fun at the Manor #CountryKids

Springtime fun at the Manor

Monkey and I had had a fairly busy week last week so I had no plans for last Saturday.  It was going to be a ‘suck it and see’ kind of day, but when we woke up, the sun was out and it seemed sensible to get outside and enjoy… Continue reading »

Picking up sticks at Calke Abbey

Picking up sticks at Calke Abbey

My best friend lives close to Calke Abbey and it’s become a favourite haunt whenever Monkey and I are visiting.  We were staying for a couple of days earlier in the week, and after the drive up in the morning, we were all in need of some fresh air.  It looked… Continue reading »

Easter Egg Hunt at Stowe Landscape Gardens

Easter Egg Hunt at Stowe Landscape Gardens

You all know where Monkey’s happy place is, and we got to share it with some of his oldest friends last Saturday.  It was time for an Easter Egg Hunt at Stowe Landscape Gardens with 2 of Monkey’s NCT buddies and their mum.  The weather could not have been more different from… Continue reading »

The Fountain of Love in Black and White

Fountain of Love in Black and White

I’m sticking with Cliveden as my theme for posts this weekend and this afternoon I’m sharing a shot of the Fountain of Love in black and white. I do love all the different textures in this shot and really should spend more time looking at shots in black and white…. Continue reading »