Good Monday Morning Ladies,
How can we be in August already? I was thinking about last August over the weekend, it was a very trying month, which started with us rearranging holidays as the company wasn't budging as far as refunds were concerned, then Spain was off limits so holiday changed us to France, which we weren't keen on as we know our holiday works for our situation, then Paul's eye happened, meaning there was going to be no holiday, the next day France was declared a no go zone so the holiday took the liberty of rebooking our holiday in Spain for the same dates this year! Ok it meant we didn't lose our money but they refused to give refunds, we didn't find out that they had actually booked our holiday until March this year when I rang about getting our money back! The agent said "oh you are all booked for this year, so if you cancel because you don't 'want' to travel we don't have to refund you" so it feels like they have us over a barrel again, because currently there is no legal reason that we cannot travel to Spain! Don't get me wrong the thought of three weeks of having Paul to myself and seeing him totally relaxed and having the chance to ease my aches in the sea sounds so heavenly right now! The 'red tape' though!!!! Do we need tests, don't we, we need certificate of vaccination printed off, there are also changes to the rules of Driving post Brexit, we need a Green card from our insurance, I remember getting those years ago, it feels like we are going back in time. We are making sure we 'over' prepare just in case the French Authorities are wanting to make a 'you are no longer part of Europe' point.!!!
I thought for a bit of a change we would share what we did on the weekend *if we did anything exciting *
Yesterday we decided that after a 10 year break we would rejoin the National Trust, we were members for a good 15+ years before taking a break when I had my surgeries in 2009. We didn't fully enjoy it as much towing 4 children around, they insist that they are child friendly but that was certainly not our experience at all properties! We used to 'Tag Team' one entertaining children in garden while the other looked around the house, Matt was sometimes interested in looking round but like most children the wide open areas and a picnic were much more appealing!
So we went to Dyrham Park yesterday, the top photo is the back entrance and this photo is the Front entrance, the gardens were gorgeous, I took lots of photos of plants that we loved the look of, I will use my app to find out what they are. We did buy an 'Orange Mint' which smells amazing and a 'Prostrate Thyme' that gives great ground cover, they were only £2 50 each and the lady explained that the money from the plants goes straight back into supporting the house.
We were a bit dubious about the weather as the clouds looked a bit dark but as we finished looking around the house and were going for a cuppa and a slice of cake the clouds cleared and the sun 🌞 came out, so the walk around the gardens was delightful. I think that we will take a flask and picnic on future visits, I had a piece of coffee & walnut cake, Paul had a flapjack, lets just say we needed the cup of tea to help get the cake down, it's probably just me, I do like a moist cake and good thick icing with plenty of walnuts! I could see Paul whince slightly as the girI asked for almost £12 for 2 drinks and 2 cakes, he's not mean, he's just a 'yorkshireman', I do love to pack a picnic, picking out lovely treats, it's so much easier when it's only for 2 !!
Lastly today I am sharing this lovely photo from Our Maria of the beautiful rainbow she could see from her garden.