The plan for Sunday was meant to be shopping for an expensive, boring-but-sort-of necessary thing, but I totally subverted that by lobbying for a day out. It was another lovely sunny weekend and Saturday had been spent in the sunshine at a family BBQ. I wanted the good time vibes to continue. Admittedly I didn’t have to try very hard! So we went to Croome courtesy of The National Trust.
I love the view of the Malvern hills in the background (seen in the first photo.) The parkland is stunning, with a long lake to walk alongside, while waving to grazing cows on the other side.
Who wouldn’t want to explore a walled garden, rescued from the clutches of a property developer, walk around the first parkland designed by Capability Brown, learn more about a house with a rich history, stand on a Chinese bridge spotting fish leaping, and walk along a wild flower meadow. There was a cup of tea and slice of chocolate and orange cake at the Walled Gardens too. That cake was so good that I’m going to make my own version on Friday. I’ll share the recipe I’ve found, if it’s a goodie.
We actually ran out of time; I don’t think that’s ever happened before. There was no chance to explore the RAF museum (they were based at Croome during WW2) and the parkland has lots of other paths leading to temples, statues and follies. Croome part two will happen sometime.
Moon (or oxide) daisies and poppies together are such a pretty combo. I keep seeing them at the side of our roads and on roundabouts, though the best place has to be like this; en masse in a meadow.
Spot the chickens in Croome’s Walled Gardens? So lovely to see them wandering around although, according to one of the NT volunteers, the head gardener is not so impressed as they scratch around in newly dug flower borders and mess up the hard work!
Spot the bee?
Croome Court has been through quite a number of changes. You can read about its fascinating history here. If you’re Dutch you might find a sentence or two about the 1940s interesting.
I believe that one of my family members may have spent time visiting Croome, during one of its incarnations as a Hare Krishna centre.
There is a replica of a decorative, eighteenth century Chinese-style bridge which has been reinstated, more than 150 years after the original disappeared.
Days out are some of the best kind of days. Do you agree?
I saw my physio for my first treatment yesterday, after the initial assessment the week before last. Want to see his thumb bruises around my elbow and wrist?! It’s definitely improving, though I did point out that twisting the lid off my food processor, while making falafel, caused quite a lot of pain yesterday. He visibly tried not to laugh. He didn’t hold back when I asked if I would be able to kayak again someday, as it’s been years since I last did. I’m glad my appointments keep him so entertained.
Anyway: I’m still banned from all craft for another two weeks. It’s nearly two months now. (Italics for sympathy, folk!) Argh!
In the meantime I’m reading, as always. The above novel is one of my favourite reads of the year and I’m only halfway through. I’ve read most of Maggie O’Farrell’s books, but the writing in this one seems tip-top. My current audio book is still The Boy on the Bridge by M.R Carey. It’s ok, but as a prequel to an already familiar dystopian world I’m waiting for something to happen. I’m not nearly as gripped as I was by The Girl with all the Gifts.
Joining with Ginny’s Yarn Along again, regretfully there’s no chance of sharing yarn of the woolly kind, but I’m sure no one’s going to object to flowers and rolling English countryside instead.
Well, if you can’t craft then sunny days out at National Trust properties are the next best thing! Croome looks gorgeous. We’re going to have a NT card again this summer, so maybe I’ll get to see it in person.
What I’d really, really like to win is a lifetime membership!
I hope you do go, it’s fantastic and lots of space for the children to roam.
Only two weeks! And do be careful not to overdo things when allowed to craft again. Your photos are great.
Two more weeks, but I’m not necessarily expecting to be able to do any after that; I will have to see how it’s settling. If I get the green light I expect it to be for 10 minutes max initially. We’ll have to see!
Looks like a lovely day out and at least you have that lovely blanket behind the book to make you smile (well it would make me smile) until you can do more making.
All the pictures are awesome, but I especially love the picture of your book on your afghan :)
Oh, 2 more weeks, that is terrible! I don’t know what I’d do if I were to have to abandon my needles for so long! Oodles of sympathy for you.
Lovely photos, however! The daisies are so pretty.
Lovely to catch up with you, I continue to send healing vibes your way as you pop into my thoughts pretty much every time I pick up my hook. Hope the hook-free weeks pass peacefully and full of sunshine and flowers, and I’m reaaaaallly hoping you can gently return to some creative making very soon. Much love xxxxxxxx