Monday, 18 April 2022

Monday

 Morning, all.  I'll replace this with  a proper post once I've uploaded yesterday's photos - which won't be until I'm home again.

(a few hours later)

Morning again!  I'm home, first load of washing in the machine, a nice coffee to hand, having just uploaded yesterday's photos after the best and easiest journey home there ever was.  Hardly any traffic until I got to Braintree and even then it was all small traffic, not heavy lorries, etc.

Yesterday was Ickworth day - well, half day really.  It was literally a ten minute drive out on the one road to get there - so easy even I would have had problems getting lost!  As I was there nice and early, it wasn't too crowded although by the time I left early afternoon, it was pretty full and busy.

As the house didn't open until eleven, I had plenty of time to wander around and to think about the last time I was there with Mum, Dad and Jacqui, their lovely next door neighbour.  All three are now no longer with us and I shed a few tears in remembrance.

All round the back, there were bulbs, mostly6 daffs and the like, and you could see that three weeks ago they would have been absolutely stunning.  As it was, they were still rather lovely, with patches of later flowering narcissi that just shone.  The photos do not do them justice.

The famous rotunda from the bottom of the Italianate Garden.  I went inside, of course, and enjoyed a good look at the works of art and the silver collection (glad I didn't have the job of keeping that lot polished!) plus a couple of rooms set out as they would have been.
I strolled around the grounds a bit (not far) and looked inside the church which is no longer an active place of worship.  Here's some info about it as I didn't take any photos.  
https://www.ickworthchurch.org.uk/


Thankfully, my ankle decided to play ball and, apart from a slight ache, gave no trouble.  Today it is fine.

So - I'm home, feeling more than a bit weary but very happy at having had a really pleasant time away.  The staff at the Premier Inn were lovely (although few in number), extremely friendly and attentive.  I will be giving them a special mention when I get the feedback form.  They made my stay extremely pleasant.

So now I have some unpacking to finish off, plenty of washing to do and I ought to pop round the corner to Morrisons to stock up on fresh stuff again which means making a shopping list.  So I'll stop rambling and get moving.  Back to normal again now for a few weeks.

Have a great day.  xx

15 comments:

  1. Mornin' Joy. Have a safe journey home. x

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    1. Thanks, Cherie. Have a lovely day. xx

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    1. I did, thanks. Home now and I've updated today's blog. :-) xx

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  3. Glad you had a lovely short break. I did enjoy seeing your photos. Have a safe journey home x

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    1. Thank you very much. It's been lovely but it is also nice to be home again. I missed my comfy recliner chair! xx

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    2. Now that does sound lovely. Enjoy x

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    3. I had a good sleep in it yesterday afternoon. lol xx

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  4. I so glad you had a lovely holiday. I've enjoyed seeing all of your photos and hearing what you've got up to ... Ickworth looks like a very special place, especially as you have memories of a previous visit wit your parents. xx

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. It has been a good time, helped by the weather.
      There are some nice walks mapped out too but I didn't have the energy. Maybe another time? xx

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  5. How lovely, the rotunda is gorgeous.

    Have a safe journey home.

    God bless.

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    1. It's quite unusual, I think. Not a conventional build at all but inside, the curved outer walls are attractive (I think) and, as always in this sort of thing, the views from the house are very pleasant.
      xx

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  6. Such a beautiful place to visit. Lovely flowers.

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    1. I was a few weeks too late for the full glory of the daffodils, I think, but it was still pleasant. Further down from the church there's a walled garden but I didn't explore - must keep something for the next visit after all. :-)
      xx

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