Indian summer

After a awful British summer we have been blessed with a Indian summer, ok it’s only lasted over a week now, but I’m not complaining. With beautiful warm sunshine, I’ve been lucky enough to be off work to enjoy it. And I’ve taken full advantage of not being cooped up indoors, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than a walk around one of Britain’s beautiful homes with its truly stunning gardens.

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Arley hall has been home to the Ashbrook family for more than 550 years and what a home it is, walking along the drive feels like you are being transported back in time.

WP_20151003_8868I half imagined horse drawn carriages to come whizzing past us or a fleet of butler’s to meet us at the entrance.

WP_20151003_3839We visited mid week and luckily weren’t met by big crowds, in fact the grounds were so large we almost didn’t see anyone all day ( which allowed me to prance around the grounds as if I was the lady of the home, I watch too much Downton Abbey ).

WP_20151003_1057Due to the fact that this is still a home we weren’t allowed to photograph inside but just to let you know it was absolutely stunning and filled with period furniture. And the staff were incredibly friendly and more then willing to share their knowledge with you.

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St Mary’s church set within the grounds, although I’m not religious I’m fascinated with church architecture and symbolism and the church was small but perfectly formed.
WP_20151003_2790Beautiful stained glass.

WP_20151003_969How adorable is Jamie? I mean look at him, I’m a very lucky girl indeed!
WP_20151003_2409The gardens were absolutely stunning, the grounds are split into several small gardens including a kitchen garden, fish garden and walled garden. As I walked around I remembered watching the secret garden as a child and spent the afternoon looking for hidden gates.
WP_20151003_5500WP_20151003_4360There was so much colour and wildlife out, it’s hard to believe that it is October

WP_20151003_9043Pretty fairy tale mushrooms ( not there real name 😀 )

WP_20151003_7438We had such a lovely afternoon wondering around and enjoying the sunshine, chatting none stop. Hope you have been making the most of the beautiful weather.

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