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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A tale of Two Gardens

Sorry about the layout blogger has a problem it reverted me to the old layout! Looks out of window.... rain......no hang on why's the sky a funny blue colour? and what is that funny yellow ball in the sky? Oh hang on this is what summer is meant to look like. Jan (I assume the Welsh one) asked/suggested
we go to Lydd Church and so.....


And then to Sissinghurst..... It's a stunningly beautiful garden but for some reason it's not a garden I can ever love. I'm not sure why. Part of it is the staff. They spend ages waffling at the car park. I just want to park! Someone wanders up see you are a member but can I park? No because the person in front is paying and being served by someone else. Perhaps it's the fact that everywhere else the National Trust give you a ticket which you show as you enter. Here they give you a coin which you hand in and ask for back upon exit if you are returning, you have to make a decision there and then. Perhaps its the fact that if most of your party want a sandwich and one wants something more substantial you have to go to different places. It just feels wrong. Perhaps it's the TV programme a few years ago which left me with a desire to whack a certain Ms Raven. Sissinghurst just doesn't feel National Trust to me and I admire it but don't love it. BUT it is beautiful...... We decided to have a sarnie and head elsewhere, some good dinner companions!! We wanted to look around Scotney Castle Garden, and it was closed! I really should have looked at the book! We then went to Lamberhurst Vineyard and could we fine the shop? Nope!! Weird there was a vineyard sign...... So I decided on plan B The truly lovely Pashley Manor Gardens....
We had a drink and a slice of cake (nice!) and watched the world go by A lovely day. The world is so much better for an bit of sun!

5 comments:

Jan said...

Wow thanks for the Lydd pics, did you see my nanny's grave???? Mildred Morton, she died the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, never forget that. I bet nobody's been near her grave since, poor old girl. Glad you had a nice sunny day, wish I could say the same here, it's been grey and misty drizzly all day.

Pete said...

sorry Jan no. Big graveyard and I wasn't sure the surname would be Morton!!

Ragged Robin said...

Ooh lovely to see Sissinghurst although it looks busy!

The gardens at Pashley Manor are great and I love all the sculptures.

Glad the weather was better for you - it was very dull here and today its raining AGAIN :(

ShySongbird said...

What a great time you had and you saw so many lovely things. Like you said the sun makes so much difference! I'm completely in love with the sculpture of the woman on the seat and the dog by her side, it's gorgeous!!!

digibirder said...

Some lovely gardens at those places. Nice to see some sunshine and colour!