Subject: weekends in England
Hi Ziners I have enjoyed reading the weekend posts - and it made me realise how lucky I've been the last couple of months with several weekend trips for various reasons. Back in September I had a lovely day with fellow Ziners in Wells, Somerset. Then I went to Paris for our Zine GTG with Don and Linda, Cova, Marco and Evan and Shelley - I will post these separately.

Last weekend we went to Rochester, Essex for a family party. We had the lovliest morning when we called in to Stourhead on the way. Stourhead gardens are stunning and on this sunny, autumnal Friday the colours were fabulous and Stourhead almost deserted. As you walk down from the entrance and visitor centre head for the Spreadeagle pub for a great lunch!

These gardens were laid down from 1741 to about 1780. They are centred around a lake and as you walk hidden treasures from temples to statues to grottoes appear. Walk the grounds in an anticlockwise direction from the house - we've visited Stourhead several times and at different times of the year - its always beautiful!

The next day we went to another National Trust property, Standen in Sussex. If you are a fan of Arts and Crafts you'll love this house! A narrow high-banked lane winds down to weather-boarded and tile-hung buildings of the modest (by NT standards) Standen estate. This is a house built for a London solicitor James Beale and his family. The architect, Philip Webb, was one of William Morris#s closest friends and colleagues. Morris#s fabrics and wallpapers are used to complement Webb#s room designs, light fittings, wood panelling and choice of furniture. Moorcroft pottery and the work of other well known Arts and crafts artisans appear in the rooms and it is one of those houses where you can really picture the family living there.

As with all National Trust properties the tearooms are great and the shops full of quality gifts!

Have a look at these places on:

And now I'm off to Cornwall for a 4 day break with friends. The weather doesn't look too promising so watch out for a 'What to do in Cornwall when it rains' post from me soon!

cheers Sally Somerset UK