Last year, for the first time, Draw and I visited Nyman's Garden in West Sussex. It was a positive delight (scroll back a year or so and you'll find my original post). We thought, then, that this would be a wonderful garden to introduce Draw's parents to and very much looked forward to taking them this year.
So Thursday was our Nyman's Day.
Still an amazing garden but unfortunately we arrived later in the afternoon and the lovely lunches offered at the tea room had been sold out. Sigh... Ended up having a nice lemon sponge (which in the US is lemon cake with lemon icing) and some beverage.
We walked around the garden and the house snapping photos but having just done this last year that magical "Xanadu" thing it had going on for me, then, now felt a wee bit "done". It's very hard to rearrange the landscape of a place so your this-year's-photos don't look like reruns of last year.
Nevertheless, it's really a very cool garden...
...just make sure you get there early in the day if a tea room with food is a "must" for you as Nyman's seems to sell out rather quickly.
After this second trip to Nyman's, Draw and I have decided there will be no more repeats this year for the purpose of taking photos. Except maybe for Hever today, but more on that in a bit...
So, Day Five, and we decided to visit Marle Place. It's practically in Sheila and Peter's backyard and since Peter... oh good grief! I totally forgot about the whole aka Just William thing. It's practically in Sheila and JW's backyard and since JW had to work in the afternoon it was agreed that Marle Place would be a great visit. AND Draw and I had never been.
Now we're cookin'.
Very nice "little" garden, very visitor-friendly (no dragon ladies directing your every move and no ropes saying "do not step here"). After much discussion I ended up giving Marle Place a 4/5. The garden is wonderful but the tea room (I'm now understanding that the English take their tea rooms very seriously) was rather just okay. Two kinds of cake and two kinds of juice just don't cut it after a hard mid-morning stroll through a sunny garden. And I'm totally missing my Fentiman's Victorian Lemonade. Had Marle Place offered Fentiman's they might have squeaked a 4.2 out of me.
More snaps of Marle Place which also boasts a small gallery...
...and original art works peppered throughout the gardens.
Including these absolutely amazing mosaic steps that lead up to the very proper tennis court. These steps alone received much of my photo time. I am so going to do something like this in my backyard someday.
I took a ridiculous number of photos today but it is ridiculously late and I have much to do tomorrow. So a reporting of our trip to Hever will wait til later. We're headed to another new (for all of use) National Trust property in the a.m. and I have to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Just a little Hever teaser :o)