Currently my kitchen is being refurbished - it started on 15 January and is STILL NOT FINISHED!! But that's another story altogether!
Today the flooring chap arrived - pity the vinyl floor didn't! He rang his suppliers from the front garden (no doubt had the neighbours twitching their curtains) and registered his dissatisfaction by sacking his suppliers because their drivers are "as thick as a pile of bricks". He did as much work as he could and will be back again tomorrow; as will the kitchen fitter; could be fun!. This should be the last visit, but time will tell!
Needing to recover from this episode and needing fresh air, I headed off to one of my local National Trust (NT) properties - POLESDEN LACY as, by now, the fog had gone and a hazy sun had appeared.
Polesden Lacy has very extensive grounds and lovely views. Unfortunately the best views meant shooting straight into the sun, so not many pictures of those available. Most of the grounds are parkland in style but there is a formal rose garden. Lots of Snowdrops but very few Daffodils in evidence yet.
I haven't visited the house for many years and gave it a miss today; too nice to be inside. King George VI and the Queen Mother honeymooned there.
The NT are carrying out extensive renovations to the grounds. The first thing I noticed was that the car park had moved - so just as well I had my eyes open! The former car park is being restored to what it was originally - an orchard - which is to be grassed over and crab apples trees planted. Potential feeding area for Fieldfares and Redwings next winter?
Drove back over Ranmore; was anticipating stopping on Ranmore Common but some idiot had turned the signpost round and as I came back to the main road, decided to head off home!
The Old Stable Block which is now the Cafe.
The walk alongside the walled garden
A Cottage which is private property. Wouldn't
mind this sort of cottage!
The is a thatched bridge. Today is wasn't
leading anywhere as the NT are re-turfing the
Into the more wooded areas and Snowdrops.
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