Showing posts with label National Trust. Show all posts
Showing posts with label National Trust. Show all posts

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Rufford Old Hall Scarecrow Festival

As a National Trust membership, I visit the properties close to my house quite regularly and one of my favourites is Rufford Old Hall.

This year, I visited their Scarecrow Festival with my god-daughter and bestie. It started today and was SO much fun walking around the grounds and spotting the scarecrows made by volunteers and local businesses.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hare Hill - Macclesfield

I'm a member of the National Trust and love nothing more than escaping to a property at the weekend and having a good old nosy around. Big or small, I find something interesting about each location! Hare Hill is a woodland park with a walled garden at its centre. Small yet perfectly formed.

Hare Hill National Trust Macclesfield #lbloggers

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

OOTD featuring white embroidered bell sleeve top from Primark

When you want to do an OOTD post featuring a rose embroidered top, where else to go but the rose garden at Dunham Massey.

It's one of my favourite places and there's no better place on a beautiful sunny day, especially when looking for a rose themed OOTD location!

Dunham Massey

Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn OOTD featuring birthday presents!

You may have seen ALL over social media that it was recently my birthday and I got thoroughly spoiled by my family and The Boy.

The Boy whisked me off to Leeds for a birthday weekend trip full of shopping and cocktails where we bought my birthday present from him to me, which is featured in this post.

Today, I visited Rufford Old Hall with my sister. She's taken a new job which requires working weekends so we haven't spent any time together at all recently. However, she was off today so we decided to take a walk around the grounds at Rufford Old Hall, enjoying the Autumn colours and weather! I exploited the opportunity to do my first real OOTD blog photos featuring two of my birthday presents!

Autumn OOTD

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Exploring the Peak District

Regular readers will know, I love me a day out in the Great British countryside...and the Peak District is somewhere I've never explored before. Mr T and I decided to spend a day trundling round (and up) the Peak District and this is what we saw...
Exploring the Peak District

Winnat's Pass
Winnats Pass took my breath away as we turned the corner in the car to be confronted with this. I wish now I'd got out to take a photo.

Mam Tor

Mam Tor is a hill in the Peak District (handily with a NT car park) also known as Shivering Mountain due to lots of landslips. The summit itself was a bronze and iron age settlement - reflected in the paving stones laid on the route to the top. Burial mounds are buried underneath the summit itself. We completed the Mam Tor circular walk from the National Trust  on a gorgeous sunny days with views for miles! I will say that the path down from Mam Tor isn't THAT easy to find and we had to do quite a bit of scrambling around...especially through the boggy parts...
Mam Tor

Mam Tor Panorama
Panorama from summit of Mam Tor.

Mam Tor view


Mint Icecream Bakewell

Bakewell is a market town on a river, home to the famous Bakewell pudding. There were about three ships laying claim  to the original recipe...pudding wars!  I didn't try be pudding but did treat myself to this ice cream - I can't resist mint!! 
Bakewell River Wye

Bakewell has a lock bridge crossing over the river Wye. Now love them or hate them, they're definitely a tourist feature now and made for a somewhat interesting photo. I was more interested in tbe river scenery myself. 
Bakewell Lock Bridge


Next stop was Buxton which I didn't think much of at first, then we found this gorgeous park. The Pavilion Gardens are gorgeous. Really well landscaped with a little railway running through as well as a stream and plenty of pathways and photographic opps! 

Buxton Pavilion Gardens

Buxton Pavilion Gardens

Buxton Pavilion Gardens tree statue
I loved this wooden tree statue! Carved from an old beech tree, the statue combines wildlife and Buxton heritage.

I'll definitely be going back to the Peak District - do you have any must-see spots?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

Monday, 4 April 2016

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

One of my guilty pleasures is snooping around stately homes (which in itself is quite a 'normal' thing) and make myself up a story about living there...normally involving a Mr Darcy look-alike, some elaborate curly up-dos and a ballroom I alone in this? As a result, I'm a member of the National Trust and decided to put my membership to good use and visit Tatton Park's Mansion. 

"It'll be good to blog," she said. Before taking NOT ONE SINGLE PHOTO of anything remotely historical. So here is my revised post...based on the photos of cake - a celebration of afternoon tea in The Gardener's Cottage at Tatton Park. 

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

The Garden

First things first, we booked our afternoon tea and I'd definitely recommend. This was a cold and rainy Friday (admittedly during the school holidays) and there was a queue when we arrived. Fortunately, as we'd booked, we were able to skip the queue and head straight to our table. In Summer, I can imagine it gets even busier, even with the outside tables in use. I can imagine that this is because of the setting...

If you're a fan of English country garden style, this is the afternoon tea setting for you. To get into the cottage, you walk through a gorgeous gorgeous garden setting with tables and flowers galore. It's just getting into blossom season here so all the Spring flowers are out. Heavenly. I took a gorgeous photo of my bestie, god-daughter and sister in the entrance way which you're going to have to imagine ;-)

I did a little panorama shot of the garden from opposite the main entrance. And this is in Spring where the flowers are still coming through! There were daffodils galore and the magnolia tree was in blossom. 

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

The Food

Now on to the good stuff...the cakes!! We chose the prosecco afternoon tea which was £19.95. This came with four finger sandwiches each, four mini cakes and two small scones as well as an enormous pot of tea (or coffee, your choice!) I had breakfast tea cos I'm boring but my sister had black peppermint tea which was VERY strong and powerful - so refreshing! 

The sandwiches were made using the freshest bread - so squashy and light that you could tell it was freshly baked. There was salmon and cream cheese; cucumber; ham and another variety which escapes me, probably because I swapped it for my sisters salmon!
Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park
The four cakes
Then the cakes - two chocolate pots one cherry and one passion fruit. The flavours really came through, especially the passion fruit. It was so zingy and very refreshing! Then there was a cranberry and orange tart which reminded me of a chocolate orange and finally a walnut chocolate brownie. They were all delicious and pleasantly cream free - this is always my problem with afternoon teas. I don't like cream and often can't eat many of the cakes!

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

After that, there were still two small scones, plain and fruit to get through. I gave the enormous pot of clotted cream a miss but loved the mini Tiptree Strawberry Jam pots. The scones themselves were still warm and crumbly as a good scone should be! 

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park
Obviously, we started with the prosecco before the food which was fizzy fabulousness. 
Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

I loved the crockery too - I've always had a thing for vintage tea cups, even collecting and giving them away as favours at my wedding so this was just up my street! The pot of tea that arrived was enormous. I had at least 4 cups of tea and there was still plenty left! 

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

A special mention must be made to the staff who were so friendly and cooed over the baby appropriately too!

Once I'd eaten all the cakes and sandwiches (in the name of blogging, you must understand!) I was SO full. We'd eaten at half two and I didn't eat another thing for the rest of the day. That's how I knew it was great value for money! Haha!

Are there any other afternoon teas you think I shouldn't miss? What are your favourites?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

P.S. Did you see my other afternoon tea review at Tea 42 in Manchester ?
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Staycation in Cheshire UK - Dunham Massey

I recently spent a gorgeous day at Dunham Massey house and gardens with my mum. The house is currently open and set-up as Stamford Military Hospital, reflecting the houses history during World War One. We had such a great day, the weather was perfect for walking around the gardens and the hospital was fascinating. Full of authentic and replica artefacts that you could pick up and interact with as well as actors "working" in the hospital, giving a real sense of what it must have been like. I really indulged my history geek side!

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