A Few Days Away!

As those of you who follow my blog know, I’m a governor at a couple of schools. The end of term had been extremely busy so OH & I decided to have a few days away to gather our thoughts & have a bit of a rest.

We based ourselves in Canterbury, a favourite haunt of ours (used to own a second home there!). We were only away for 3 nights but managed to pack a huge amount in!

On the way up – we popped into Ightham Moat The National Trust has done a great job over a number of years to renovate this great place. There is also an interesting walk with children trail around the grounds.

Day Two – we were at another National Trust property – this time – Sissinghurst Castle the home of Vita Sackville-West & Harold Nicholson. Although there is a tower you can climb, the draw is to the gardens which are made up of a series of rooms each with a different personality

Day Three – we went to London (& no we didn’t buy a Heat magazine!). We always love to walk when we are in the capital & this trip was no exception. I wanted to see the MI6 building. Not sure where this desire came from – James Bond maybe but anyway we found it & I must admit to being a little disappointed. Not like that in the films.

We had a quick pop into the Natural History Museum It was only a quick pop in because the world & his wife had chosen this day to visit! There are lots of interactive things for littles & middles. My ‘big’ was a bit disappointed that there were not as many actual exhibits as he remembered but then, things change!

We always try to fit in a bit of art when in the capital. This time we went to Tate Britain & looked at their ‘Rude Britannia’ exhibition   The clue is in the title! It is a celebration of British Comedy Art & included satirical sketches of past centuries, models from ‘Spitting Image’ & some other VERY RUDE items!

The last stop on our whirlwind visit of London was to look at the Royal Courts of Justice. Another building I had seen on TV which has always fascinated me.  I only expected to look at the wonderful façade at the front but we were allowed to go in! It was at the endof the day but we were able to peek through a window & see one court in session. It felt really good that ‘Joe Public’ could see where justice is being handed down.

On the way home – we had a quick stop at Rochester. The castle is a superb example of Norman architecture with the keep exterior complete. You can go inside the empty shell & imagine the feasting that took place on each of the floors.

Our last visit was to the Catherdral where the Textus Roffensis was on display. The manuscript dated 1123 is made up of two books bound together. The first part of the book contains a collection of Anglo-Saxon legislation, which influenced the barons who wrote the Magna Carta.The second part contains Rochester Cathedral’s oldest registers.

…and so ended our few days away. We went to relax but didn’t so …when’s the next holiday!

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