Summer garden fun

This summer has just gone by without anything really happening - and I've really appreciated that for a change. Just simple days, filled with doing very simple things. For the second time this summer I made the trip across the river to Kent and enjoyed the picturesque scenery there. This time the destination was Leeds Castle.

Walking around Kent in spring or summer always makes it easy to understand why the county has been called the "garden of England". In April I visited Down House, the former home of Charles Darwin. The gardens there are also worth a visit.

Besides being a fantastic place for a day out with the kids, Leeds Castle is also a popular wedding venue. The rooms were being prepared for another wedding during our visit and I took some pictures of the amazing flower installations. What an absolutely beautiful place to get married. I am a huge fan of weddings (I started planning my own one years before there was any hint of a proposal ;)

For some reason my favourite indoor spaces in these grand houses are always the libraries. Not just because of the beautiful collections of old books, but also because these are often the rooms with the most interesting decors.

I don't know where the time has gone in the past few weeks, it has just disappeared. I can honestly say I have achieved absolutely nothing.  At least Mandy went out this weekend with her sharer to win a class in local arena eventing. I am so pleased to see how she has thrived through this first summer post laminitis.

My very soon to be five-year-old has now decided she wants to get into eventing too... It's so funny watching her in our back garden with her unicorn hobby horse racing over jumps. I've got a big birthday party planned for her this weekend, so I really hope there will be some more sunny days left.


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