A spring trip to Exbury Gardens

Exbury-Gardens-4

Dear mummy, this time last year we visited Exbury Gardens. We had such a great time we decided to visit again and see all the beautiful flowers. Easter has come around early this year by a couple of weeks, so … Continue reading

Polesden Lacey, National Trust

Polesden Lacey National Trust

Friday 18, July 2014

Mummy and meDear mummy, our travels took us somewhere new last weekend. As we were driving back from London and the traffic was bad on the M25 we decided to take a quick detour via Leatherhead towards a little village called Bookham, in between Dorking and Guildford.

We had been told that Polesden Lacey, a National Trust Estate, was just round the corner. As we are members of the National Trust, it was a good opportunity to stop in and visit.

Front of the houseIt’s another fine day and the skies are blue. We drive up the long road through an impressive gate and up to the estate. The car park is a stones throw from the entrance to Polesden Lacey and it’s not too busy today.

We arrive at 2ish and grab our picnic blanket and get the sun cream out of the car, a quick nappy change in the toilets, which are cool and clean and I feel refreshed after my long car journey. A quick runaround is just what I need to stretch my little legs!

This place is beautiful! And is surrounded by rolling hills and stunning scenery. People are sat in deck chairs soaking up the sunshine.

Polesden Lacey viewsPolesden Lacey is an Edwardian House and estate and is located on the North Downs. It is owned and run by the National Trust and is very popular. The house originally was owned by Margaret Greville, a well-know Edwardian hostess. Who entertained royalty and the privileged. She was a close friend to Queen Mary and bequeathed all her jewels to Elizabeth the Queen Mother, including a diamond necklace belonging to Marie Antoinette!

She was named a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1922 and her estate was bequeathed to the National Trust.

The grounds of the estate are extensive and we head off to see the house and take in the views. It is spectacular and you can see why King George VI and Queen Elizabeth spent part of their honeymoon here! Mrs Greville’s collection of fine paintings and porcelain is displayed for visitors to see in the house. My mummy ducks in and has a quick look while daddy and I play on the lawn. The estate has a regal feel about it and we imagine young royals playing on the lawn as children.

Walled gardenWe explore the walled garden next, as it’s July the roses are still in bloom and they looked fabulous. Lavender lines the paved paths around the gardens and you could hear busy bees flying from one flower to another.

It was so peaceful here and we had the whole place to ourselves. Our favourite blooms were the snow white ‘Iceberg’ roses and the beautiful dip dyed yellow and pink ‘You’re Beautiful’ blooms. Both looked stunning against the deep blue sky.

Stone sculptures littered the formal gardens, some scary and some angelic. I was memorised by daddy blowing bubbles and followed them around the gardens chasing them with my hands. It was lovely to spend quality time with my daddy and we both lay down on the picnic blanket and stared at the sky. I nestled my head under his arm and we both chilled out.

Roses at Polesden LaceyBut not for long! Mummy had brought my ball with her and we played piggy in the middle, while I chased it on the grass in my bare feet. I loved the feeling of grass in-between my toes. Daddy carried me through the trees and I giggled in delight as we ducked and dived through the leaves as they brushed across my body.

On the way back we walked through the pleasure grounds and watched staff set up for a wedding, a lovely spot for one. It’s still very warm, so before we head back to the car we stop by the cafe opposition reception and have an ice cream.

My mummy goes to get my National Trust passport stamped (a collection of little stamps we’ve been acquiring on our trips around the National Trust estates) and we sit and enjoy the world go by.

My ice cream at Polesden LaceyA lovely short break in-between car journeys and we could have spent the whole day there! So much more to explore and we will be back.

Bella x

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Rise of the Dinosaurs at Marwell Zoo

The dinosaur show

Dear mummy, we’re so excited about this review as we’ve never been to Marwell Wildlife before. I’m at an age (15 months) where I will really enjoy seeing all the animals….and most importantly the Dinosaurs! We’ve seen on The Book … Continue reading

Friday Sunshine at Mottisfont

Friday Sunshine at Mottisfont.

Friday, May 16th. 2014.

Mottisfont pana

Dear mummy, not only is Mottisfont hosting the ‘Gardens of Delight’ art exhibition in the house, their gardens are an absolute delight at this time of year!

Walled gardenWe’ve popped down a little earlier in the season than usual, as the weather has been so nice recently. Eagerly anticipating the early arrival of the beautiful roses. Last year we saw them when I was VERY little.

Even though it’s mid May we weren’t disappointed! We know the roses are usually in full bloom mid-June so were pleasantly surprised by how colourful the walled garden looked today!

When we arrived at Mottisfont, mummy laid out the picnic blanket and I played on the lawn in front of the house while mummy chilled out on the blanket reading her book. It was all very civilised. The sun was very hot and bright so mummy kept topping me up with sun-cream and water. I loved playing on this safe large patch of grass and the scenery was beautiful. It’s not my first trip to Mottisfont, as mummy and I go quite regularly. The last epic adventure we had was for the Snow Queens Ball back in Feb, but we love walking on the grounds in between events.

Upside down ice cream Today the gardens are just coming into bloom and the backdrop of the blue sky make for some perfect photographs. As always the staff stopped to chat to me (not really my mummy as she’s a bit boring!) and asked if I was enjoying myself..I think the smile gave it away!

We had lunch alfresco and mummy had a lovely slice of lemon cake and a cup of Earl Grey. I enjoyed Ham Sandwiches and grapes, I even managed to squeeze in a sneaky ice cream, even though it ended badly as I was eating it upside down!

I fell asleep in the Winter Garden like I usually do, the bumpy footpath and snooze shade doing their job. As a result I slept for over an hour which gave my mummy an opportunity to sit in the walled garden and take photographs of the pretty flowers.

IrisShe’s a bit excited for June! A lot of “Ohhhhh’s and Ahhh’s” were whispered. They also have a sale on in the National Trust shop, so my mummy picked up a few bits and pieces. Including “That’s not my Tractor” book.

When I woke we went inside the house to escape the afternoon sun and visited the ‘Gardens of Delight’ exhibition. I was carried through the rooms and I pointed out my favourite acrylic paintings. We met some lovely National Trust Staff who commented that I was the youngest visitor to the exhibition that day. It was lovely and cool inside and I enjoyed climbing up and down the large staircases….up and down and up and down….Phew!

Mottisfont 4We ended up enjoying the last of the late afternoon sun on the lawn, under a tree on mum’s picnic blanket. I sat and finished my juice and chased a crow, we looked at a swan and lay on the ground staring at the deep blue sky. It was really peaceful and a day I won’t forget for a long time.

Thank you mummy for chasing me around, smothering me in sun-cream and for playing ball with me. I loved mucking around rolling on the grass, eating the grass and sticking it to my face. By the end of the day I was covered in sticky strawberry ice-cream, sun-cream, grass and tree blossom….the way it should be!

For more details about Mottisfont, visit my earlier diary entries about last years roses here, and the Lichfield exhibition here.

Love Bella xx

P.s My favourite flower in the walled garden was this fantastic ‘Iris King’ he looked stunning in full glory.

Iris King

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

My First Trip to Brighton

Brighton Beach

Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Dear mummy, today’s the day we go to the seaside! It’s a blistering hot day and the sun is shining. We decide to embark on our epic journey to the coast. 2 hours later, driving through … Continue reading

My first trip to The Vyne

The Vyne Deck Chair

Thursday, June 6, 2013 Dear mummy, thanks for taking me to The Vyne! We were very lucky with the weather and it was another beautiful sunny day. The Vyne is owned by The National Trust and is located just outside … Continue reading

I love my turtle

Lamaze Turtle

Dear mummy, I have a very special relationship to this soft creature. His name is turtle and I remember him always being there right from the start. I take him everywhere with me, he’s like a pet, a best friend, … Continue reading