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Back from Blighty and Giveaway News!!

Sunday, July 31st, 2011


I’m just back from a wonderful week in England. Even the weather managed to be perfect – which was just as well as Swiss husband had threatened me that if it rained all the time he wouldn’t be going back to England….ever!!

We visited Wiltshire, which is a part of the country that was new to me, being a northern lass. What a delight! We stayed in a National Trust cottage built in 1445 in Lacock, an absolutely delightful village where nothing is under about 250 years old. You may have seen Lacock – and possibly also our cottage – if you’ve ever watched any of the BBC period dramas. Cranford was filmed there, along with parts of Pride and Prejudice with (swoon!) Colin Firth and also bits of Harry Potter. I need to rewatch P&P and HP to check exactly which bits and I’ve already ordered Cranford from Amazon.

Isn’t the National Trust brilliant! We took out a family membership on our second day and more than got our money’s worth visiting all sorts of delightful houses and even the prehistoric sites at Avebury and Stonehenge. The highlight was probably the gardens at Stourhead on the most perfect day imaginable. Even the children thought that was the best – the garden really is that amazing! (Although my son thought the monkeys ripping pieces off people’s cars (thankfully not ours!) in the Longleat Safari Park came a pretty close second).

So here is Stourhead for your edification….do visit if you are ever within a hundred miles. Breathtaking!

I do love going back to England to visit and this was a really good trip with lots of fish and chips, really good Somerset cider in the pub next door, cream teas and a trip to Marks and Spencers. We came back fortified with Cadbury’s chocolate and lots of M&S undies and socks…and a few too many pounds round my middle!

It’s good to be home and amazingly I’m even home alone, as the children have now headed to French camp and my husband has gone on a motorbike tour with his biker chums. Which means it’s just me and Bumble Bee this week. How cool is that? More about my plans in the morning  after I’ve done a 17km training run….

I also brought some nice little National Trust goodies back with me – so do stop by tomorrow and I’ll have a giveaway!


7 Responses to “Back from Blighty and Giveaway News!!”

  1. Linds Says:

    You week over here sounds perfect! I was in Bath, not far away, on Monday, and i love that part of the world. I have a friend who used to live near Marlborough, so the places you visited are all very familiar to me.
    Oh – how great your husband is a biker! My b-i-l has a trike and takes part in all the big charity does in Switzerland. I have been out on it with him too, and my mother had a celebratory ride around Engelberg when she turned 80 a few years back! He goes away with his friends in the spring, when he shuts the restaurant for a break.
    I will be in Switz soon – I will let you know when I finally make the plans. Toss up at the mo between flying and driving. Decisions decisions…..

  2. Vreni Says:

    I was just thinking that I haven’t heard from you in a while, and there you are. So glad you had a lovely time in England and were lucky with the weather. I too love that part of England and those gardens really are wonderful and definitely worth a visit. Enjoy your solitary week.

  3. diane stanley Says:

    These photos make me want to pack my bags right now and head off to England. Thanks for sharing and teasing too!

  4. Stephanie Says:

    Welcome back! So glad you had such a wonderful holiday. We’re having a few days out this summer which I’m really enjoying. So nice to get away from it all.
    Have a glorious week of freedom! Steph X

  5. hadenmaiden Says:

    Thank goodness it didn’t rain for you! [though we could do with some up here in Yorkshire!] So pleased you had a good week in Wiltshire [my DH neck of the woods] If you get further north next time, we also have lovely scenery up here – I’ll put the kettle on for you 😉 Welcome home!

  6. Cathy Says:

    What beautiful pics Helen. I went to visit England for 10 days about 9 years ago, would love to get there again sometime in the future. xo

  7. Annabella Says:

    Welcome back Helen – Lacock is beautiful and I loved Cranford (my mum bought me the DVD set a couple of years ago) and Pride & Prej!