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Not Stourhead…

October 14, 2012

The beloved, Arlo and I decided, at the last minute, to take advantage of our fairly recently acquired National Trust card and go to Coleton Fishacre. It was a lovely day, if a little chilly, and it was a bonus that the beloved was around because he was supposed to take Grannie to a birthday party somewhere near the smoke. However, Grannie decided that she’d better not go for a whole host of reasons. She won’t hear the end of it from the beloved, who was hoping to take a trip to Stourhead on the return journey, and he does like to make the most of such things – but that’s another story.

Coleton Fishacre has gardens sweeping down to the sea (but stopping short at the cliff edge,  the path having been declared unsafe long ago) full of plants that wouldn’t grow many places in this country and spectacular views. It’s a noisy garden because water features quite strongly and everywhere you go you are accompanied by the sounds of waterfalls cascading and disappearing under bridges and into channels. There’s also a lovely arts and crafts style house, with spectacular views, that I’d like to live in.

I took a picnic this time. I wasn’t going to be left to forage for my lunch again like the last time we went to a National Trust place – good job as the foraging was pretty limited. I didn’t check the prices in the tea shop though – didn’t need to having brought a picnic – but I couldn’t help but notice they did have some very pretty china – pretty in an arts and crafty fashion that is.

Given the glorious day and the view, we ate al fresco –  cheese sandwiches with ketchup for Arlo and with  home made chutney(last year’s) for me, and hummus with red pepper for the beloved and a bag of crisps each (Arlo chose Monster munch and to his amazement was allowed to buy them) and an apple. Such a feast!

Next time we’ll remember to give Nicole and Roger a ring!

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