Beatrix Potter, Cumbria, days out, families, gardens, heritage, history, Lake District, Literature, National Trust, travel, Writers

Beatrix Potter – Lake District – Writer, Illustrator and countrywoman

I had never really thought about the connection between writers and gardens, until I attended a workshop at the Chelsea Physic Gardens last May, hosted by writer and journalist Jackie Bennett.  Suddenly a whole world of beautiful gardens and landscapes took on a whole new meaning as we saw how they had influenced the lives… Continue reading Beatrix Potter – Lake District – Writer, Illustrator and countrywoman

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Penshurst Place, Kent

Anyone who knows me will know that my ideal day out will consist of 1 of 4 things: a beautiful building, a beautiful beach, beautiful countryside or a beautiful garden. Penhurst Place ticks two of those things...except it's not's stunning, glorious, magical - there's not enough words to describe it. Another place that has… Continue reading Penshurst Place, Kent

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Harold Hillier Gardens

I have always admired the Hillier Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show  - they've won Gold medal for 72 years running, so they must be doing something right! Going to their gardens near Romsey in Hampshire has been on the list for sometime.  So despite the drizzle and wind William and I went there last… Continue reading Harold Hillier Gardens