We set out for Wales at crack of dawn; the M11 and M25 were so quiet of traffic - it was the most amazing journey as it went without hitch.... are we the only ones travelling today... great stuff.
And we saw 10 Red Kites and a buzzard or two driving along the M40...
First stop at Berrington Hall which Pete had visited before and praised the efforts of their Cake Baker - so it was with this recommendation that we headed directly for the cafe; Bacon Baps followed by a slice (shared!!) of Rhubarb Cake.. wow it was delicious..
This was followed by a walk around the beautiful gardens; house martins were nesting under the eaves.
I rather liked this - rather a friendly looking chappie ;)
Despite how it looks these two sheep were being very friendly..
We shared a sandwich for lunch whilst House Martins buzzed around us backwards and forwards to their nests.
And then, the final leg of the journey... we called in briefly to our hotel and then travelled all of 100 metres to Gigrin Farm to watch ... Red Kites being fed.
and it was great to meet up with Jan and Alan... and Maisie Mo of course :D
a great first day to the holiday.. and as the day got longer the sun shone more, the clouds moved away - perfect weather :D
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