#BlossomWatch

National Trust launches #BlossomWatch to emulate Japan’s Hanami National Trust asks people to start a new tradition that emulates Hanami – the Japanese tradition of celebrating blossom  Conservation charity aims to build #BlossomWatch year-on-year to become an annual moment of celebration in nature’s calendar #BlossomWatch encourages people to enjoy blooming trees they can see from their windows or in their gardens and share their best images Fleeting chance to see blossom is one of

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A note of caution from the National Trust

National Trust urges caution as good weather at the weekend could tempt people onto roads Trust warns that a good weather forecast combined with Mothering Sunday could tempt people onto the roads and toward tourist hotspots Coast and countryside will be open as usual but people are urged to use local outdoor space and not travel unnecessarily, in line with government guidance Trust has pledged to allow free access to

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A weekend in Warwick

If you are thinking of spending a weekend in Warwick here are some ideas of things to do. We recently decided to break up a journey from Cheshire to Hampshire halfway and stop for a few days to recharge our batteries.  A pin in the map suggested we spend the weekend in Warwick but having done the castle we decided we would concentrate on seeing what else the town had

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Wisley’s Giant Houseplant Takeover

Wisley’s giant houseplant takeover is well under way, and ends on 1st March so if you want to visit you need to do it soon! It really is a wonderful exhibition, all inside a giant glasshouse and as the name suggests the houseplants have taken over!  Here are some photographs to show what I mean: I think that bed might be my favourite of all the set ups, it is

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A trip to Blenheim Palace

Have you ever taken a trip to Blenheim Palace? Situated in the pretty town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is easily accessible from the A34 and makes a perfect spot for a day out. Gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough in 1704 by a very grateful Queen Anne as thanks for his victory at the battle of Blenheim.  With a Capability Brown landscape that took ten years to

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Snowdrops at Welford Park

To be honest I had forgotten about the snowdrops at Welford Park until Annie mentioned it last week.  They are only there for such a short time that if we wanted to see them we would have to be quick.  Which is how we ended up there this week, for the first time in a couple of years. Welford Park is more famous these days for being the home of

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A frosty foggy Hinton Ampner

It was a frosty foggy Hinton Ampner house that greeted Annie and I this morning.  The main house is currently closed for some much needed TLC but the grounds were open, as was the cafe so Annie and I picked Hinton Ampner as our spot to meet up for a mooch, a catch up and a sausage roll.   Hinton Ampner, of course, is somewhere I have featured on here

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The Pig in the Wall, Southampton

The Pig in the Wall is a 12 room boutique hotel in the heart of Southampton.  But it’s more than that.  It’s quirky, and comfy and built into the town’s medieval walls, some of the rooms even make a feature of the wall (ask for room 10).  If you were to look at the location on Google Maps you might think “hmm, no thanks, it’s on a busy road with

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Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour

We didn’t really know too much about the Windsor and Eton Brewery Tour before we did it this weekend, we had won it in an a charity auction late last year so only did a bit of research (mostly could we park.  More of which later) before we arrived. You arrive at the tour, at the end of a residential road in Windsor to be welcomed at the bar where

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7 things to do in Windsor

You can’t write a “7 things to do in Windsor” post and NOT mention Windsor Castle, but after that what else is there to do in this historic Berkshire town? Windsor Castle Of course you don’t have to visit the Castle of course (I am ashamed to say I have visited Windsor half a dozen times and have never done a tour of the castle.  That is because I only live

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Avebury Stones

It is hard to believe that the Avebury Stones date back to pre-historic times when you are standing up close to them.  Hard to imagine just what they could tell you if they could speak.  Or that you can get so close to them, that they aren’t fenced off in order to preserve them. The Avebury Stones and the Henge monument are particularly unusual, not just because it’s the largest

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A Christmas trip to The Vyne

In that weird period between Christmas and New Year we decided to do a Christmas trip to The Vyne.  I had been the week before  to see Christmas at the Vyne decorated with its Charles Dickens theme, but Lady Barrow (Bruce’s mum) had never been.   Lady B and Jim had driven past the signs for it many many times but somehow never managed to stop and visit.  So with

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