zondag 18 september 2016
We waren er al eens eerder geweest, maar Sissinghurst is iets waar ik ieder jaar wel heen zou willen. Als ik er in de buurt woonde zou ik een abonnement nemen en wekelijks gaan. (geen idee of dat kan trouwens) Harold Nicolson enVita Sackville-West hebben dit landgoed in 1930 gekocht en er een prachtige tuin aangelegd in de ruim 40 jaar dat ze er woonden. Als je meer over dit excentrieke echtpaar wil weten moet je maar even op de site kijken. Dit is geen geschiedenisblog hè. Even zelf de vingertjes laten wapperen.
Hier zie je het torentje waar je in kunt en de hele tuin kunt overzien.
We had been here before, but Sissinghurst is a place where I could go every year. If we lived in that neighbourhood, I would take a season ticket and go every week. (no idea if that would even be a possibility) Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West bought this estate in 1930 and in over 40 years they lived here, they created a gorgeous garden. More about this eccentric couple is on the Sissinghurst site. This is not a history blog you know. Let your own fingers googel.
Here you see the little tower that you can climb, so you can have a view of the whole garden.
As you can read the sons, in memory of Harold, build this gazebo. It was the place where Nigel wrote his books. No windows on the garden site, because he liked the view on the other site better.
Well, of course now I am curious what's behind that door when I see a sign like that.
Even the litter boxes look nice.
Sissinghurst is a famous garden and one of the most well known parts of it is the white garden. You might think it is boring just white flowers, but it is beautiful!
A typical "oast house" that you will find through all of Kent. They brew oast here. Or something. Probably had to do with beer and I couldn't care less about that. But I love the houses.
Where ever you look, everything is beautiful. Dogs are not allowed in the garden and that way Steve had an excuse not to join me. Gardens? Yaaaawn! The grounds around it are wonderfull to be at. There are lawns, benches, picknick tables and there is a lovely lunchroom and also a tearoom where you can bring your dog. So I went for an fun hour by myself and looked at the gardens in my own pace, while Steve and Robbie stayed outside.
After that we took a walk on the estate, which I highly recomment. It is very peacefull. Also less tourists. They even have a spot for dogs to go in the water at the pond.
En dan wandel je opeens hier langs. Hier liggen de hondjes begraven die van de familie waren. Wat een mooi plekje hebben ze.
And then you walk along this. Here lay the family dogs. What a lovely spot they have.
Before we went home we had some tea with something sweet. As you can see you can buy plants here, that are cuttings from the gardens.
Even though dogs are not allowed in the gardens, they are attentive to them. English people love dogs. In other years we never had people just come up to us and start talking, as we did this year. Just because we had Robbie with us.
I'll finish with a flower of course. Isn't it lovely?
dinsdag 13 september 2016
Through airbnb we rented a lovely cottage in England. In Kent, not to far away from the train tunnel, because we brought our dog Robbie. This is the owners house. It stands on the end of a long curvey little country road. Isn't it gorgeous?
Behind their house was a small cottage where we were. Very nicely decorated and with a small fenced garden, which came in handy with Robbie. You see the fence on the picture, because I stood in the field.
Of course they had chickens. Years ago we also had two chickens and I just love the sound they make.
Our view was this field and every day the farmer was there on his tractor. Up and down, up and down.....
Can you see the little tower there far away to the right? At first we thought it might be a castle, but it was a little church. A lovely little church even.
It was so easy with Robbie, he didn't need a leash on because we walked straight into the field. There were many many rabbits, but luckily he didn't see them with his blind eyes. He did eat kilo's of rabbit droppings though. The walk to the village was the English way; through a field, an apple orchard, a meadow with sheep, someones back garden and through many gates. Fun!
I would have loooved to take a look inside those houses!
In the middle of the village, the church, just the way it should be. With a beautiful cemetery and graves so old that you can't even read what year they were from. The oldest readable was from the 1800s.
The English do have a sense of humor!
Unfortunally they were renovating the pub, so we sat on the tiny green after our walk.
Me tóó a home like that!
Ik ga de volgende keren over leuke plaatsjes schrijven waar we geweest zijn.
Want man, wat is het er leuk! En twee Morrissen gespot deze vakantie.
This completes the village, doesn't it?
Next times I will write about lovely places we have been.
Because man, it is fun there! And I also spotted two Morrisses. (the car you see on the right at my blog)
vrijdag 9 september 2016
Oké, we didn't have the most beautiful summer ever, but now.....the indian summer....gosh, how lovely.
When I take the dog for a walk, the early morning light takes my breath away, so gorgeous.
How fun is nature; rosemary started growing spontaniously on this tree stump.
They are busy building in the parc. Here they are making new benches and walls to sit on.
Oh well, that restaurant... I hope I don't offend anyone, but I would much rather see a lovely tearoom in this old coach house. A nice place to rest after a walk, or to meet girlfriends or to have breakfast or something. A place with nice wooden benches and wicker chairs and colored pillows. Right now I think it is too sophisticated and I rarely see people there on the patio. But that's me, maybe someone else has a different opinion.
Even this early in the morning, you can already tell it is going to be a beautiful day.
Look how beautiful the light reflects through the trees. That was the reason I brought my camera. Isn't it beautiful? Are you looking?!
Do you see the owl in the tree? There, on the left branch. You don't? ............Me neither.............
Ik eindig met een foto van onze vakantie in Engeland, waarover ik volgende keer ga schrijven.
I'll finish with a picture from our holiday in England, which I will write about next time.