Thursday, 19 August 2010

National Trust

On Sunday we took the train to Mottisfont Abbey and gardens. It was a lovely destination for a family day out.
S made us laugh whilst on the way when she asked us to close our eye as she had a surprise for us. She decided her piggy backpack would look good in her purple specs!

As we arrived at mid day we decided the first stop should be eating our picnic so we chose a spot next to the stream

which had a perfect view across to the house too.

Once suitable refreshed (and with emptier backpacks!) we made our way round to the gardens. The colours in this cutting garden were stunning.

Old wooden doors set into brickwalls always look inviting.

The smell of lavender in this garden was wonderful and it was alive with insects.

A good spot to sit and soak up the sun.

There were a few reasons for visiting Mottisfont this month. One is it's always interesting to go somewhere new, another it's accessible by public transport, a big plus is this month there is no admission cost forchildren and 2 more reasons (for me in any case) was the Mr McGregor garden they have built and an exhibition of some of Beatrix Potter's orignial artwork.

Mr McGregor's shed

with the gardener snozzing inside!

Lots of healthy produce being grown.

There were lots of places to sit and pose for family photos around the different gardens.
G says it looks like he is being photographed with a strange fly, becuase of the my large sunglasses in case you were wondering!

My 2 boys looking handsome.

General silliness.

An added bonus to the day was meeting the resident cat who was very happy to be tickled behind the ear by T.

And who leapt into action a few minutes later when a mouse scurried from one border to the next!

There were some lovely country scenes to soak in as we walked by the riverside

before we stopped off at the tea shop for a quick refresher before heading home again.


  1. I think you mentaly moved into this place Lisa!!! And I can see why! What a lovely lovely place. I see you have the hang of the new camera now - your photos are really lovely. xxxx

  2. Looks like you have a great day out :) Love the BP bit.

    When our boys were very small we visited BP's house, HillTop in the Lakes - I have a lovely pic of toddler little son standing infront of the gate to Mr Macgregors garden.

  3. What a lovely day out! I especially liked Mr MacGregor's garden. Do you know, if my garden looked as nice as that I wouldn't want rabbits messing things up either, even if they were wearing cute little blue jackets!I've been to Hill Top too, well worth a visit if you can!
    Love Kathy xxx

  4. How wonderful! That little bridge over the water reminds me of the one in the Monet garden.
    I want a piggy backback!

    Bellaboo :o)

  5. Looks like you had a fab day. The pictures are lovely.

  6. Lovely place and such happy moments! Do you think I'm too old for a backpack like S's one?! :)

  7. What a lovely family day out, looks like fun.
    I do love to see the country houses and estates that people blog abput, especially ones ;dwon south' where I am unlikely to visit them myself.