Friday, 19 September 2014

GARDENS PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After leaving Cornwall, we headed for Essex via Kent.  I've had many gardens to visit  on my wish list and this trip I've now been able to tick "two" off.

Saturday saw us head off, getting lost once again and arriving here................

Can you guess?

Just love these.

The tower.
OK, yes it is Sissinghurst.  This is one that I've wanted to see on our last two visits and although it would probably be at it's best in Spring or Summer, I'm just glad to have been.  I took lots of photos, so will show a few more, then tell where we went next.

From the top of the tower.

Part of the walled garden.

A lovely stone trough full of nerines.
Saturday we visited my sister-in-law and husband in Tonbridge, then left on Sunday for Essex.
On the way I was spoilt by visiting another lovely garden.  I read about Beth Chatto's garden, probably about 25 years ago.  Just a few photos, as I took way too many once again, but it is a beautiful garden.

One of the lovely borders.

One of two ponds in the garden.

The gravel garden.
And to top off a wonderful time away, we left our friends place and headed north.  On the way, we decided to look for somewhere to have a coffee and this place just popped out at me and I had to go and have a look.  We watched Jimmy Doherty's first series and have seen subsequent other programmes by him and have always enjoyed them.

The sign says it all

And lo and behold, who is this?  I suppose you might say this was my lucky day.  He didn't have much time to talk but agreed to have his photo taken with me.  Later he came over and spoke to us about his upcoming trip to Oz, although he was extremely busy.  Just lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Looking out over the farm.
We arrived back in Leeds about 8pm Monday and did loads of washing on Tuesday.  Hopefully I'll be able to post again about our lovely Wednesday and Thursday, tomorrow night whilst on our next adventure.  All take care.


  1. My word you're getting around. I lived in Tonbridge for a while when we came back from Oz, and went to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School.

    1. That's interesting, as I think Tonbridge is quite nice.

  2. What a treat getting to visit those two wonderful gardens. We went to Jimmy's Farm quite a few years ago, Jimmy and his wife, Michaela, were both there. Looking forward to hearing what you've been up to this week.

    1. The gardens were great and meeting Jimmy was a real plus. I'll email soon and work out a date to see you and Anne.

  3. I Susan, just catching up now that I am back, I have been reading, just not commenting. How great that you got to visit these two places, I would love to go to Sissinghurst, but I had no idea that you could actually visit Jimmys farm, I will have to add that to my mental list. How great that you got to meet Jimmy, he always seems like a very nice person. Glad that you had such a nice time! xx

    1. The gardens were beautiful and Jimmy's Farm is a hands on experience type place for kids, as well as farmshop, restaurant and lots of events throughout the year. He also puts out a quarterly magazine. I also seem to be doing lots of catchup.