Given the problems on the railways at present, Mary’s train from London was only 15 minutes late. I had a coffee over the road from Bath Spa station to wait for her. We retrieved my car from the expensive car park there, and I was relieved that I hadn’t been ‘done’ for parking – I think and accidentally anyway – in a disabled space. We drove – more hold-ups, this time for traffic – to this National Trust property in south Gloucestershire. I had visited Dyrham Park several years previously, but could remember nothing of it, except that there was a long walk down to the main house.
There and at another refreshment place Mary and I spent a long time just sitting and talking, over lunch and two beverage breaks. At at one stage went for what was noted as the shortest of the suggested walks around the grounds, though we weren’t sure where it started despite the plan given us, and seem to have taken a long way round at one stage because one path had been blocked off. Beautiful views all around, in weather which was kind, given that the forecast had been for potential heavy showers. We ran out of time to visit the house. I didn’t take many pictures.
Once home, I thought I would remind myself of my previous visit. What a contrast – you’d scarcely have thought it was the same place! (The house is yet to be done – another seven years?)
what lovely pictures of this splendid dwelling – I have yet to visit it, though it is not THAT far away!
Thanks Helen. Yes, as you say, it is not that far away!
I am glad that Mary arrived and got home safely. Railway travel is a bit of a lottery these days.
Because of the reduced number of trains, she was lucky to get a seat on the outward journey.
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It was a most enjoyable visit – a fine opportunity for walking in the spacious grounds and getting splendid views after a bit of climbing. The food on offer was of a good standard – so the whole experience was very refreshing.
I was interested to see the blog of your previous visit – with plenty of colour, being a different time of year, and that once again you did not have time to visit the house.
I’ve been told by friends today that that’s no great loss! But I must make sure it’s not another 7 years before I see the gardens again.
Pour un long chemin d’accès, c’est un long chemin d’accès ! Tout à fait un but de visite en soi… J’ai d’abord cru que tu faisais référence à ta photo en bannière, avant de réaliser mon erreur.
Il fallait l’échelle donnée par Mary pour se rendre vraiment compte de la taille de l’arbre.
Yes, there’s ‘long’ and there’s ‘long’!
Mary was in fact standing right inside the hollow trunk of that tree.