Autumn Travels 

Where do I begin – The song ‘I’ve been everywhere’ comes to mind! *-))))))G
The third week in September we headed up towards Horsley Caravan & Camping club site. It is a lovely tranquil site, which boasts a nice fishing lake. We were amused to see the anglers sat one side of the lake whilst across the lake one of the wardens was hand feeding the fish who were clamouring for titbits. On our travels, we really packed in quite a few National Trust visits: The Vyne with its lake and beautiful stain glass windows in the chapel, Claremont landscape gardens, Runnymede and Great Childen gardens that I must say was my favourite by far, it was so peaceful and tranquil. Then it was on to Cheddar Campsite. We had booked for two nights and stayed four! Well I had to conduct a survey on the local ciders. ;)

After eight nights away, we reluctantly headed home to Worthing.

After some days at home the washing was done the bag repacked and we got itchy feet again so off we set heading for Conkers camping and Caravan Club site in Swadlincote Derbyshire. On the way north we stopped for lunch at Packwood house. The gardens were lovely especially the sunken garden. The topiaries were very neat and must be high maintenance. I found the spiral feature particularly intriguing. Batteries recharged it was onwards to Conkers. As we pulled into the campsite the wardens came out to greet us and for a split second I thought how nice then I realized they were more pleased to see our rear Thule box than us! The weather was kind to us whilst we up there.

Derbyshire never fails to lift the spirits. The acres and acres of wide-open spaces are scenic and the camera really was well used. Trouble is now I have dozens of photos to sort and catalogue. Our last day in the area the weather was even better so we decided to visit Lyme Hall Gardens. Every time I visit a National Trust property I wander round thinking this is the best yet. The competition is very high and they never fail to disappoint.

So now it is back to the real world. We did declare that we had done our last trip of the year, as the nights are growing longer. But who knows? :-oo

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