We're trying to do more, we're constantly finding that our weeks consist of 7 hectic long days and our weekends are disappearing in a haze of busyness. So as I am a member of the RHS already we've decided to join the National Trust and get out and visit new places.
Last weekend we decided to visit Chartwell in Kent, home of Winston Churchill. Now, to be honest I have been there before but Michael was keen to go and I was happy enough to visit again, after all I already knew they had a nice tea room!
We set off on Sunday and the sun was shining, the traffic, running smoothly. All good, for the M25.
Chartwell when we arrived was pretty busy as you would expect but not so busy that we couldn't find a table outside for a cup of coffee and a scone.
Once fed and watered we went for a tour inside the house, where you can't take photos and then outside for a long stroll through the grounds.
The azaleas were stunning!
and we walked along by the lake
and up into the woods where the blue bells were still flourishing.
as we walked back towards the car, another stop in the cafe was needed and appreciated.
As it was such a nice day we decided to come home via RHS Wisley for another wander and an ice cream. The gardens are always lovely there whatever the season and there is always something to take a photo of
and more azaleas
In the large glass house there were beautiful displays of orchids
and water lilies
We had a great day and are looking forward to going out again very soon.
Not this weekend though, grandchildren to see and my mother is celebrating her 92nd birthday tomorrow.
There is knitting in progress but oh so slowly. I've started this 10 stitich blanket and I have got the hang of it now. My only trouble is I knit mostly in the evenings when dinner is finished and the tv is on. But, I'm finding as soon as i've picked up my knitting and done a few rows, my eye lids grow weary and drop down over my eyes. Hence I knit a bit and I sleep a bit, still, I don't need this finished until the autumn so I've got some time to get it done.