Ascott (National Trust), Buckinghamshire

In an effort to use our National Trust membership we visited this house and gardens.

National Trust Ascott, Buckinghamshire
National Trust Ascott, Buckinghamshire
It is a former hunting lodge owned by the de Rothschilds. The house contained paintings that included works by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Stubbs. There is a variety of oriental porcelain and rare 18th century English and French furniture. We enjoyed the gardens which were more varied in style and extensive than we had realised (30 acres).
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Lynn Garden
Lynn Garden

A wander around the house and grounds followed by tea and delicious carrot cake was a relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

July not very summery summary

Another month flown by.
Positives.
Richard lovely (as ever)
Weather mostly warm and not too much rain.
Started new long distance path-the Macmillan Way.
Boat delivered to Cork and I survived!
Have been back to Scilly
Lovely day on Tresco
Had a week free of work.
Have 10 followers on twitter.
I think someone may have looked at my website?

Negatives.
Weather could be sunnier.
Has been a barbecue free month.
Was seasick on way to Scilly…yuk

This month I have learnt to live more in the moment.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/moment_2.html

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment”.
Henry David Thoreau

Love Winnie the Pooh thanks AA Milne
Love Winnie the Pooh thanks AA Milne

Back in Scilly

Sometimes we go sailing (not often enough Richard would say). We are fortunate to have the use of a 11m yacht (Rag and stick type not gin palace!) As we do not own this beautiful vessel I have decided to give her a virtual name. Having sometimes sailed in France I thought the name ‘Virtuelle’ would suit her well.

Sunrise looking back at Lizard
Sunrise looking back at Lizard
Round Island, Scilly
Round Island, Scilly
Last Sunday we cast off early from Falmouth, and plotted an initial course past the Lizard. We then changed to 275 degrees heading due West for the Isles of Scilly. We have made this journey many times and average a 12 hour crossing. We like to leave early in the morning to arrive in daylight and avoid sailing over night.The moorings at Tresco sound were fairly busy so we found a sandy patch to drop our anchor.
Men-a-Vaur
Men-a-Vaur
Our mooring , Tresco Sound
Our mooring , Tresco Sound
We had a wander around Tresco the next day and revisited Tresco Abbey gardens. This sheltered spot is home to a variety of unusual plant species. Agapanthus grow wild amongst the sand dunes bordering breathtakingly beautiful beaches of glistening white sand.
Tresco flowers
Tresco flowers
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Tresco Abbey Gardens
Tresco Abbey Gardens
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Beautiful beaches
Beautiful beaches

This was a short visit to Scilly. We sailed to Cork, South West Ireland, the next day in preparation for the next stage of our holiday.

The Macmillan Way, 290 miles from Boston to Abbotsbury

Last weekend we started a new long distance footpath. The Macmillan Way is dedicated to the memory of Douglas Macmillan MBE who founded Macmillan Cancer Relief in 1911. This was after the death of his father to cancer and the charity supports people living with cancer throughout the UK.

Macmillan Way Coast-to-Coast
Macmillan Way Coast-to-Coast

We drove to Surfleet and parked near a cafe. We caught a bus to Boston and walked from the bus station to St. Botolph’s Church in the market square. The impressive tower of the church is known as the Boston Stump. This is the starting point for the 290 mile route to Abbotsbury. We walked south, out of Boston with the river Welland on our left.
A very long walk!
A very long walk!
Avocet image from RSPB website
Avocet image from RSPB website
We then followed the river Haven along a sea bank. This takes you through Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve which is owned by the RSPB. We saw several avocet.
The sea bank
The sea bank
Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve
Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve

The pictures show the fenland landscape. The light soil structure means many fruit and vegetables are grown in this area. We were glad we had thought to buy sandwiches in Boston, as there were no eateries until the Ship Inn near Fosdyke Bridge on the river Welland, after 11 miles of walking.

View from Fosdyke Bridge of River Welland
View from Fosdyke Bridge of River Welland
The church at Surfleet.
The church at Surfleet.

River at Surfleet
River at Surfleet

After a refreshingly cool glass of lager we continued our trek. Eventually the route joins the River Glen at Surfleet Seas End and another Ship Inn. Surfleet is an elongated village and the sight of the leaning tower of Surfleet Church was very welcome after 16 miles of walking.
We rested our weary limbs by staying overnight at the comfortable Cley Hall Hotel. We replenished our energy stores with a hearty breakfast and returned to Surfleet.It was a bright sunny day and we planned a coffee stop at the Spalding Tropical forest at Pinchbeck. After passing the pub there (the Ship Inn!) we found no coffee stop. We reached Pinchbeck West to find the pub there had been demolished. The route continued through Pinchbeck Nature reserve. Before reaching our end point at Tongue end we phoned a local taxi firm and were delighted to find a car waiting for us. We covered 25 miles in two days.
Cow seen near to Pinchbeck nature reserve
Cow seen near to Pinchbeck nature reserve