Ever seen a garden with rooms? Courts Garden has!

Courts Garden

As members of the National Trust, we love to get value for our membership and visit properties when we can. The book had said that Courts Garden was a gem and they weren’t wrong! Not just a garden As with many National Trust properties, Courts Garden seemed to follow the formula – 18th-century house surround by a variety of garden […]

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My truly amazing birthday adventure pt.3


Do you return to places time and time again? We are creatures of habit and for part 3 of my truly amazing birthday adventure we went to one of my favourite National Trust venues – Stourhead No matter what the weather Stourhead provides a sanctuary within a good walk with so much to see, be it exploring the 18th century mansion, […]

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My truly amazing birthday adventure pt.1!

Why am I sharing my truly amazing birthday adventure? Well, when you get to my age it is amazing when surprising things happen. This is the first in a series sharing my birthday antics last week and we start at Sherborne. Market town Set in Dorset this market town has a lovely feel to it. With shops like Phase Eight, Fat […]

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Exeter Cathedral – hidden wonders

On our recent trip , we made sure we visited Exeter Cathedral. It has a particularly special place in my  heart as it is where my son celebrated his graduation. Do pop and see ‘My Pride’ to see how much he and the cathedral mean to me! It’s all yellow The first thing that struck me was that the colour I […]

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Exeter at Christmas

We had gone for some retail therapy but found so much more on our visit to Exeter – Blue Boy, Pedestrians, mural of the unknown as well as Christmas decorations. This is a  city we have visited many times but have never really SEEN it! Blue Boy statue This brightly coloured statue represents the ‘Blue Boys’ of St Johns Hospital School […]

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Cobwebs at Knightshayes

cobwebs at Knighthayes

Shock! Horror! A National Trust property unclean? What’s this about cobwebs at Knightshayes estate in Devon, the home of the Heathcote Amorys? Don’t worry – we were visiting at Halloween and got caught up in all sorts of spooks and spectres. Cobwebs everywhere! As we entered the first thing that struck us was how dark it was. Many stately homes […]

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Calling all amateur artists!

Calling amateur artists!

Are you an amateur artist who is bursting to share your work and have the chance to hone your skills further? Well Flavours Holidays is excited to announce its “Big Painting Competition”. The painting holiday tour operator is searching for Britain’s best amateur artist. Amateur artists need support With the rise of painting TV shows such as the Big Painting Challenge, Flavours has seen an astonishing […]

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