Feeling Festive at The Vyne

We had a family meet up at The Vyne and got to see the house decorated for a Victorian Christmas. This has become a Christmas tradition with Zoë’s family.

There were lots of festive touches in the gardens.

We ate some cake before going into the house.

There were many Christmas trees with beautiful decorations.

The decorations around the house had a Christmas Carol theme.

We enjoy our Christmas visits to The Vyne, but we really must come back in the summer at some point!

Belton House

Last Saturday we went to Belton House near Grantham for an afternoon outing, we were in the area picking up a new car, but more on that another time. It was a gorgeous day. We had lunch and then walked around the gardens, there was a maze!

The gardens were really beautiful, lots of massive trees, formal gardens, fountains, statues, and a hothouse.

The house was very interesting, lots to see, and it had a really nice feel to it. In one of the rooms there was a man explaining the processes they use to conserve the books, that was very interesting.

It was a very hot day so we had a nice cold drink before the drive home. There was even a cricket match going on, it was a perfect summer day.

Canons Ashby

Zoë had a day off on Friday and wanted to go on an outing. We packed a small picnic and set off for Canons Ashby.

It was a grey and windy day so we had our picnic then a quick walk around the gardens, before a mooch in the house.

Trerice and Drizzle

Our visit to Trerice was rather damp. It was drizzling and misty.



The house is a rare example of an Elizabethan house in Cornwall and very interesting with a really long gallery and a hidden balcony overlooking the hall.

The knot garden was still looking a bit wintery.


We were able to have a go at brass rubbing, always good fun!


We finished our visit off with a massive, and very tasty, piece of lemon meringue pie!

Lanhydrock in the Rain

It was very wet on Tuesday but we ventured out to the National Trust house Lanhydrock.


We arrived at lunchtime, Zoë and I had a jacket potato followed by apple crumble and custard. The restaurant had an open fire which helped to dry us out!


Lanhydrock is one of our favourite National Trust houses, there is so much to see, from the kitchens and servants areas to all the grand family rooms.


The most impressive room is the gallery. It is really long, has a beautiful ceiling and a fantastic collection of 17th century books.


We had a damp walk back to the car but it was a good day out.