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Autumn Garden

We received a delightful e-mail from one guests just the other day:

Just to say thank you once more for a lovely stay – the room was great, the shower was awesome and we really enjoyed our conversation with you. Oh yes, and the breakfast was amazing.
Annie, our guest, also took some photographs while staying with us from her bedroom window of the beautiful autumn colours in our garden.

2083820836Acer palmatum cv. in private garden, autumn colour.

Spring bluebells

We took advantage of the good weather and walked through our local wood, Robins Wood, about 400 yards from us. The bluebells are now in full flower and we thought we would share a picture of our dog Lettie on one of the paths:

Lettie, in Robins Wood



Hole Park Gardens – Bluebell Season!

We chose the perfect time to visit Hole Park Gardens-Late afternoon, the sun was casting long shadows on the vibrant green grass.

The bluebells and wild garlic along the woodland walkwere breathtaking.


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Some of our walks in the local area.

We have a few photographs taken from some of our walks in the local area. We have pictures from Hastings Country Park, a walk around Lamberhurst, a stroll around Sissinghurst Estate where the volunteers made us tea on an open fire, and a Christmas walk with the family in Robins Wood , which is just across the road from our home.


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Bodiam Castle with old friends.

We had a visit from old friends from South Africa, who we had not seen for 23 years. Andy and Graham had started Primary School together more than 60 years ago and we took the opportunity of their visit to show them another local attraction, Bodiam Castle. We enjoy taking our dog, Lettie for walks around the castle, but she is disappointed about not being allowed inside!

A view of the Rother Valley, taken from Bodiam car park.
The mystical castle across the moat.
Andy and Maureen crossing the moat.
While we were in the castle Prue and Lettie circle the moat.
All back together, a photo of the group, taken by Prue.
Andy, Graham, Maureen and Pauline reminiscing over old school pictures.

Finchcocks visit on Kent Big Day Out

We applied on the ballot for this years Kent Big Day Out event and were fortunate to get our preferred venue, Finchcocks Musical Museum just outside Goudhurst. Due to a prior engagement for lunch we only made the second half of a most enjoyable afternoon, starting off with a cream tea in the cellar restaurant. We then spent time looking at the collection of over 100 historical keyboard instruments and some of their collection of photographs and prints.

We then assembled for a memorable musical recital  by Richard Burnett, Gary and Alastair.

A selection of our photographs:

A view of the back of the Georgian house.
At last the daffodils in the lovely gardens are in bloom. Very late this year.
A view of three of the pianos on display
John Broadwood and Sons London 1845 concert grand piano in amboyna wood
We are assembling for the demonstrations and recitals.

Richard on the Adam Beyer 1777 square piano playing a sonato.
Gary and Richard – a duet
A five hand piece by Richard, Gary and Alastair

The recital concluded  by Finchcocks curator Alastair Laurence entertaining us with two pieces including Springdance from Bergen.

Please include Finchcocks in your itinary when visiting Kent- opening times are on their website: