So where today? The forecast wasn't good.....
I've often said that perhaps my favourite collection of National Trust properties is found in South Somerset. Within about 15 miles you have Lytes Cary, Tintinhull, Montacute and Barrington Court. So I headed to Montacute.
Montacute is a late Elizabethan House built by Sir Edward Phelips Master of the Rolls and the prosecutor of the gunpowder plot. It is also home to a collection of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery.
However I went into the village to get a paper and visit St Catherine's church. My reward was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth!! Which really surprised me.
Into the garden.
It started to rain so I nipped in for lunch!
I've been around the house a few times and anyway 2 miles up the road is Tintinhull.
The house was built in 1630 but it was enlarged and reshaped in the 1720's a few rooms are open but the reason for coming is the arts & craft small garden. I really love this garden it is so liveable and I am always happy to wander and sit and read here.