Sunday, 16 March 2014

Springing Back To Life

Yesterday we could ignore the glorious sunny weather and ventured out to the countryside for the first time this spring. In fact, for the first time this year. Actually it was the first time in 2014 that I'd gone beyond the M25. If it wasn't for the pneumonia, I think I would have been diagnosed with town claustrophobia.

Mr P and I headed out to Greys Court near Henley-on-Thames with my parents. It's a National Trust house and garden that in the last couple of years has overtaken Cliveden as our favourite easy-to-get-to-place-to-go when we a bit of space and country air.

It certainly was the most beautiful of March days. The perfect tonic!

We had a lovely long walk in the gardens and through the woods. Compared to three weeks ago when I'd gone for a walk in a local park and had to sit down every few minutes, I did feel stronger and more able (although was exhausted by the end of the day). However I'm certainly not strong enough to climb the tower, so the photo in the top right was taken by Mr P who ventured to the heights with Dad whilst Mum and I sat on a bench in the garden talking and wishing that it was ours.

The spring flowers were all in sunny bloom and the sky was such a bright blue. It was heavenly to feel some warm sunshine on my face; it didn't really feel cool in the shade either.

The day was made even better by a delicious lunch (bacony macaroni cheese with fresh bread) in their gorgeous new restaurant to begin with followed by tea and cake (Victoria Sandwich) after our walk.

And at the end of the afternoon - like some children we saw on our way round - I was saying I didn't want to go home. It was so nice to escape from the noises and closeness of city life, feel some space around me and hear the birds chorus. 

Despite being a city girl, I think I really am a country one at heart. x


  1. Glad to hear you're feeling stronger. I'm sure the fresh air and the feel of sun on your back has also helped put a spring back in your step

    x Scarlett

  2. Grey's Court is now on the list of places I want to see when I visit England one day! Those flowers are so beautiful; you are a bit ahead of us, nothing blooming in Manson yet. I can only imagine how good the sun felt on your face after being cooped up with illness; and I am so happy that you are well enough to be out and about again! Thanks for taking me along through the blog post :)

  3. It looks like a lovely place. I'm glad you are now well enough to get out for walks and visits.

  4. So glad you're feeling better :o)
    This looks beautiful too, you can't beat a good National Truster!
    M x Life Outside London

  5. That looks like a beautiful place to visit. I'd missed that you'd been so poorly - glad to hear you're on the mend now xx

    1. Definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the South Oxfordshire area. It's certainly a real favourite with us as there is so much to see...and the tearoom is lovely too! x