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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Sunday Snaps! (Rather Late!).

Hallo my dear bloggy friends.  I hope you're all having an enjoyable weekend and taking good care of yourselves.

Me? I've been going a bit stir-crazy as I haven't really been out much at all since my little holiday in hospital (!), so hubby suggested that we have a day out.  I really enjoyed it, although I'm rather tired again now because I did quite a lot of walking really.  They reckon that I should be walking for about 30 minutes after six weeks, and as it's only just been three weeks, I think that was more than enough for me today.

We went to a National Trust property about an hour away from here, called Knightshayes Court.  I don't know whether other countries have anything like the National Trust but, basically, a lot of the landed gentry here in England find it very difficult to keep up with the financial upkeep of looking after their country houses and estates, so the National Trust steps in and looks after them for the nation.  

Anyway, that is why my Sunday Snaps feature is rather later than usual today, but I hope you enjoy looking at the photos of the gardens, which really are beautiful.



















"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul". (Luther Burbank).

See you all again soon!

26 comments:

Pearson Report said...

Just arriving at your blog puts a smile on my face when I see your header picture.

The photos here today are stunning and added some colour to my dreary colourless side of the planet. In short order I think BC is going to float away, right off the coastline as we have had more than our share of rain. That being said...I'm thankful it's nothing worse.

Have a wonderful day! With smiles and hugs, Jenny

Fiona said...

Hi Diane,

I realy enjoyed your trip to the National Trust property.
It all looked wonderful.

Wasn't the scarecrow hanging over the flowers just brilliant!

You look great after your little "holiday"

See Malcolm has a gigantic umbrella - need it here too.
We should be sunning ourselves not dodging the rain clouds!

Have a lovely week


x Fiona

Gawgus things... said...

What a lovley place! I thought the first snap was of your greenhouse!

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

what beautiful pictures! your husband does look like a true english gentleman!

hope you're feeling better ever day.

Olive Cooper said...

That is a gorgeous garden Diane but it more lovely to see you out and looking so well. Hugs, Olive

Shady Del Knight said...

Hallo, dear Thisisme! I am very fond of you but at the same time I need to remind you to ask permission the next time you wish to visit my estate and stroll around taking pictures! (LOL) I wish our friend Desiree was here to take this tour and view these magnificent images of the ivy enshrouded mansion and the rain freshened lawns, wildflowers, formal hedges and topiary. I also love the statuary including the family of deer. I remember the reference made to The National Trust in the Beatles' song "Happiness is a Warm Gun."

A soap impression of his wife
Which he ate and donated to the National Trust

My favorite picture in this edition of Sunday Snaps is the one of my great friend Thisisme. You look fit as a fiddle and I know it did you a world of good to get out and about. May you continue to gain strength and return to 100% in the very near future. Bless you, dear friend!

becca said...

wow gorgeous

Retired English Teacher said...

These gardens really are wonderful in so many ways. I bet it really did lift your soul to see the flowers and walk in the fresh air. I just hope you didn't wear yourself out.

You look very good in the photo. Hugs, to you dear friend.

Shelly said...

Those are glorious pictures, but the best one of all is the one of beautiful you, out and enjoying nature's lovelies. I am so glad you are up and about, but take care and don't overdo it~

Claudia Moser said...

What a beautiful location. I admire the National Trust concept, we have been visiting many place while in UK, enjoyed it a lot the collection at the Lakes for example. It is indeed worth the travel. I do hope that you feel better and I so like your smile :) happy week!

Bouncin Barb said...

Are they renting apartments in that gorgeous home? If so, I'm moving in! OMG, what a beautiful place. My favorite picture is the third one down. That one is just awesome! You look fabulous my most awesome of friends! Hugs.

Chatty Crone said...

I've never been to an English Trust Gardens - now I have and it was beautiful. You look great. And your hubby too! sandie

Odie Langley said...

That certainly was a beautiful place and I know it must have been such a joy to see it in person. Try not to overdo. Don't want you having any setbacks. That surely was an awesome pic of you my sweet friend. Your post made my evening.
Hugs,
Odie

colenic said...

Lovely pictures as always my dear friend.
I love seeing parts of your country that I will hopefully be able to come and see in person...Hugs to you

orchid said...

Dearest Diane,
First of all, SO happy to see you in the picture that you are well enough to take a walk♡♡♡ What a lovely place you live♬♬♬ Knightshayes Court is really BEAUTIFUL, my friend!!!
Well, I remember teaching in the English textbook for students about National Trust, Helen Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit and lakeland. It is my dream to be able to visit lakeland, haha may not be come true...(^^;)

ps> Your husband looks really wonderful and reliable☆☆☆

Sending you love from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

A place like this makes walking a delight!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Love you snaps and yes flowers do make most of us feel better and happier and brighter........loved the scarecrow........the national trust sounds like a great idea many places need to be preserved

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

So glad you are feeling better.

And I loved the Luther Burbank quote. I visited his garden in Santa Rosa years ago and that was a treat.

Your photos are gorgeous!
Take care of yourself.

PencilGirl said...

Hi Diane..
I've been so out of touch with the blogiverse lately, it's tragic. Just finding my way back again. I didn't know you were ill.. :(
But you look really good now, so I'm glad you're feeling better. :) :)
Your photographs are beautiful as always and make me want to visit England ever so badly. It's on my list, and I hope for it to happen someday! :)
I've always been fascinated by the English mansions (I think it started with Enid Blyton when I was 6.. :\ ) and I absolutely loved your picture of one framed by all those pretty flowers. It's beautiful. :)
Love and hugs! :)
PS: Your husband is so tall! :D

kneesandpaws said...

England is so very lovely. I'm enchanted by the gardens, the beautiful country "castle" and those beautiful people strolling about. So happy to see that you are able to take a little field trip. Thank you for continuing to blog, despite your ordeal and recovery. I have missed you. So glad to see that you are able to be walking and building your strength back up. Take care Diane, with love and hugs to you!

Denise said...

Thank you for the well wishes.I'm glad you felt good enough to go on an outing.What a lovely outing too.Your looking wonderful.Hoping for your full recovery.Prayers and hugs to you. Denise

Pam Lofton said...

Very nice pictures! I'm glad you got out and about! I really think doing things like that will speed up your recovery- as long as you don't overdo! You look marvelous!

Alessandra said...

What beautiful and green pictures. English gardens sure are colorful, and that castle looks so interesting. Glad you're feeling better :)

EM Illustrator said...

Hi Diane,
Beautiful pictures of the garden. And you look great. I am feeling so lazy these days, but hey not every day you're on holiday from work. And, I really enjoy it.
Hope you're having a good day my friend.
big hugs to you x

Eva

Craziness abounds said...

Oh those were beautiful!

Susan said...

What a beautiful property, with the loveliest gardens. The poppies are stunning. And, so are the photos of you and your hubby. A refreshing and wonderful hike for you! Have a great week Thisisme!♥