Today was time for a getaway. Time to relax, recharge and refresh. We took ourselves over to one of our favourite local National Trust places, Coughton Court.
We packed a picnic bag full of sausage rolls, cakes, fruit and a flask of tea, and headed off, arriving just in time for our lunch. In the picnic area, we were joined by lots of rather cheeky jackdaws all after some pickings, so we kindly shared and they posed for photos!
We had no intention of walking around the house, no, it was just too warm. The outside is sometimes rich enough to get a sense of history. Just look at it, so beautiful, so grand!
To the right of the photo above are the private apartments still maintained by the family, see below
We came to meander around the woodland trails, whilst being almost overcome by the wild garlic in flower
Wander through the gardens
(pink tee 50p, UK made leather belt 50p, white skirt rehemmed and minus 10 godets all removed by me, £1, denim rucksack 50p, all charity shopped. Peters and Lee glasses, Specsavers!!)
Here you can pick your own tulips, when they are in bloom, I think we're a bit late this time!
Relax on a welcoming bench
watch the glorious wildlife and farm animals (c'mon everybody, join in, we're on a goose train, goose train!)
Little lamb having a stretch!
Stroll across bridges
Wonder, why are there fishes on the church tower?
Admire the new artwork, I'm wondering if these are pollen grains?
Gaze in awe at the beautifully cut hedging and avenues of trees
Find a nice bench under the powdery fragrant wisteria
...and eat a rather tasty pistachio ice cream!
Him indoors had the equally yummy Irish cream, a steal at £1.65 each.
Finally, we had a walk around one of the churches, the Church of England one, and came across this tomb of Sir John Throckmorton and his wife, Marjorie. It dates back to 1580. You can't get round to the front, but you can see that they are holding hands!
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