Hello Spring, I’ve missed you! Just as I was beginning to think I would never see the sun again. The weather in England is finally picking up and we have been very lucky of late with some bright blue skies, oh and did I mention the beautiful flowers popping up everywhere! This weather revival is the perfect excuse for walks and icecreams, a mantra which I firmly believe in and have already begun. Hoping this spell will never end…
Note: These bluebells aren’t blooming yet, but they were pretty and very spring like. Stolen from a post intended for last year- when they were in actual bloom.
Summer sunshine is a good excuse to go out and explore. And that I did, an afternoon was well spent wandering about the grounds of Somerleyton Hall & Gardens. I’m lucky because its only about 10 minutes away, located in the lovely Suffolk countryside. The drive in is quite grand with huge tree lined avenues, and a splendid view of the Tudor-Jacobean mansion. The grounds were secluded and allowed for long wanders around the sprawling but beautiful gardens. I got lost in the maze, explored greenhouses and then headed off in search of tea; which was found in the lovely garden restaurant.
A few from a while back, dreaming of sunnier days. Taken before the supposed summer season started. Providing empty, endless beaches to explore and traverse across. Wishing the sun would actually come back before summer is over.
Last weekend I attended the Chelsea Flower Show and whilst wandering about the gardens I spotted this unique hanging garden. It was so enchanting and I didn’t want to leave; as you can see I got quite snap happy. The flowers had started to wither by the 5th day but I imagine they were truly beautiful whilst in full bloom at the start of the show. Part of the design allowed people to walk inside the space, amongst the flowers which was a great visual. Its designed by Rebecca Louise Law who is a floral artist, working with both 2D and 3D. A little bit of research led me to her website filled with lots more gorgeous floral arrangements and land art, and I know when I have a little bit of spare time I’ll be looking at more of her amazing work.
Last weekend in the East of England we had glorious weather, sunny skies and high temperatures. Coincidentally it fell on a bank holiday, which generally means rain; and lots of it! These are just a couple of snaps I managed to take on a beautifully sunny day at Gorleston beach. Not my usual port of call, but on a day like this I just couldn’t resist. Growing up 15 minutes away kind of puts you off (I know, tiny bit insane). However the visit to Jay Jay’s beach cafe soon rectified this with a sweet treat in the form of a bright blue bubblegum ice cream. Sadly I didn’t take a photo before I’d demolished it.
A belated Easter post. The long weekend consisted of lots of walks and lots of sheep; and of course some chocolate! The first couple of images were taken from a walk around the estate of Packwood House in Warwickshire. We went on the premise of going in the house, which unfortunately was closed due to renovations. However the grounds were open, so we got the wellies out (it was extremely muddy) and explored. Then it was onto Earlswood Lakes near to Solihull. Easily the best part of the weekend was seeing these cute little lambs in their knitted jumpers over at Becketts Farm in Wythall, Birmingham. There were also baby chicks hatching, I missed this due to ginormous que! The farm also has a restaurant and shop, selling the freshest and finest local produce.
As I’m writing this its trying to snow again. And failing. Snow in March?! I actually took these photos way back in January when the country was hit with a deluge of snow, which resulted in the perfect excuse to wear my Hunters and trek out into the wintery bliss. After nearly being swallowed by a disguised icy puddle, and firing off a few shaky shots due to freezing cold temperatures I decided it was time to head home and into the warmth.
First post! It’s a new year, and I’ve vowed to use my film camera more often. New Years Day morning was spent walking around Happisburgh, North Norfolk. Or whats left of it. Its suffered from coastal erosion, and many of the houses have already been lost to the sea.