The Secret Garden

We chose Elsham Hall to do just that, for a number of reasons:

1) It’s about half way between Lincoln, where my parents live, and Hull, where I live.
2) We’d been when I was a child and loved it.

The place was a little run down if anything;  government cuts and harsh economic times have clearly had a huge impact on places like this, as well as on museums and most other things cultural. However, we were aware that it was out-of-season, and that renovation works were taking place too.

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Despite the slight bleakness to the place, there was also a lot of charm. I loved the blue painted doors and gorgeously arranged walled garden, along with wandering guineafowl, pheasants and even a guinea pig village!

The weather was almost perfect, in my opinion. Although it spotted about with rain, the sun was shining and there was a cold crisp feel in the air – the best sort of weather! It was the first time in a long while I had walked amongst nature, or done much outdoors. University life and now my working life seems to constrain me to the busy city, but I grew up going for walks and drives in the beautiful fields of Lincolnshire.

The best part was that I got to spend some quality time with my parents, which nowadays I rarely get to do. Usually when I see them its for some sort of ‘purpose’, like a birthday or event. So it was nice to just ‘do nothing’ with them all if you get me?

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Here are some of the photos from the walk. I love taking photos, but again rarely get the chance to immerse myself in it. Usually I’m snapping for work or a quick one for my blog or Instagram, but I’m definitely going to make the effort to go exploring with my camera, and hopefully share the results with you.

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Check out my outfit from this day here, with a quick review of the coat I was wearing. 

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