I'm hopelessly behind with posting at the moment - so here's a quick up-date from the holidays in the form of the latest three pages from my photo scrapbook.
The first collage shows the beautiful interiors at Wightwick Manor. We visited this lovely National Trust House near Wolverhampton when it became clear it was too wet to walk round Ludlow last weekend. I am a huge fan of William Morris designs and Pre-Raphaelite paintings...so I couldn't resist taking photos of all the details. The blue and white china caught my eye because it is a piece of original Royal Worcester 'Hanbury' design from the 19th Century. Royal Worcester re-issued it briefly in the mid-1990s (without all the fancy cut-away) and we bought a set from the seconds shop. I still love it and use it daily.
The second collage shows the outside of Wightwick Manor (when it finally stopped raining!) The rest of the page shows a walk that we did on Wednesday morning. We took the car to the pretty little village of Ombersley then followed quiet country lanes in a six miles circuit. Most of it followed a slight ridge and there were fabulous views to the south and west. Any health benefits were offset with coffee and cakes at Checketts. (The small nutty/chocolate combination was mine, the large lemon curd cake was Mark's!) I couldn't resist taking a picture of the village garage because it looks just like a film set.
Lastly we spent Easter Saturday at Thruxton Race Circuit. The green car is a 1960s Marcos which is currently being raced by the nephew of some-one we know (through our ownership of the 1990s Marcos Mantulas). Mark was keen to get there early so that we could watch the qualifying as well as the race. It was bitterly cold (I wore a T-shirt, jumper, fleece and my thickest winter coat and was still frozen) but it was good fun to get our racing season started.
Tomorrow I'm going away with my parents for a couple of days.
We are going to stay in Glastonbury, which means that we can also explore Wells and some of the surrounding countryside. Mark is working this week so it will just be 'parent/daughter' time. I'm really looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be dry, if a little cloudy, and Thursday's forecast is very good at the moment.
Hopefully the weather next weekend will also be good - Mark is going to replace the garden shed; my youngest niece is spending Saturday with us and my (11 year old) God-daughter from Geneva is also arriving on Saturday afternoon for an over-night stop with 'Auntie Jan'.
Photos to follow!