I recently came to a conclusion. I have been finding my way in England for nearly two years now and have decided that it is a journey that never ends. I am using this blog to remember my favourite parts of England and my travels throughout. I write it about it here and my other blog, Collage of Life. I will
write on this blog for as long as we live in England. At the moment that it looking like June 2012.
Until then, the life of Jeanne...in England, as she sees it. :)
Through the looking glass at Petersham Nurseries in Richmond...
and a walk down a 150ft (50m) long herbaceous garden path...
to the secret world of Petersham House, inside and out.
We stood in silence, along with our friend below,
admiring the beauty of it all.
which then led to another adventure..
to the many faces of National Trust property, Ham House
where, at this very moment, a 'No Visitors Allowed' sign sits on it's gate
while a film crew is busy at work...
Ham House is a 400-year-old-treasure, in large part, due to the vision of a remarkable woman, Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Dysart. There is much to tell in the history of this grand house. The Countess played her part in the English Civil War and the restoration of the monarchy that subsequently followed. It is worth a visit to find out more. The furniture, paintings and textiles on display are well worth the visit...but then again, I am partial to all endeavours of the National Trust. :)
Visiting a National Trust property, any property in the UK for that matter,
is like opening the most splendid gift. You start from one end and carefully unwrap
each layer, taking time to make the moments last as long as you can.
And...just when you think you have the gift truly in hand, you discover
there is another waiting for you, in the form of a garden...and what a garden it is. :)
Just the mere mention of a 'kitchen garden' is pure delight. :)
On that note...signing off with a show that I just caught on TV last night,
a 4 part landmark BBC One series, The Manor Reborn. The show follows a team of
historian, designers and volunteers as they refurbish a 500 year old Manor, Avebury.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!