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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Monday, 25 June 2012

Sissinghurst in kent

At last I woke up to blue skies. Never mind the housework I couldn't wait to get out and about. Town or country I thought. Definitely country. I decided to go to Sissinghurst as I had heard the gardens and surrounding countryside were beautiful. I quickly checked the route on the internet and off I went.  It was 60 miles away but a lot of it was motorway so should easily do it in less than one and a half hours or so I thought! One and a half hours later I am in the middle of Rochester after negotiating road works and traffic jams. I manage to find somewhere to stop to carefully read the directions and look at the map. I had travelled in the wrong direction from the motorway it wasn't the road to Chatham I needed but Chatham road which was going in the opposite direction. After two and a half hours I finally arrived at Sissinghurst Castle just in time to eat my lunch before setting off to explore. Lunch - where would that be - oh I remember still at home in the kitchen where I left it! 










































24 comments:

  1. Incredible place and well worth the drive.Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  2. What a wonderful day trip!! Such an incredible place indeed and your photos are superb! I would love to be able to spend some time there! Definitely worth the drive! I'm sorry about your leaving your lunch -- but glad I'm not the only one that does that!! Hope you found a place to eat! Have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  3. Wow, what a wonderful place.
    I'd love to visit this place.
    Beautiful photos. I'm glad you took this day trip.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wish you a wonderful day.
    Mette

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  4. I have read about this amazing garden .... How wonderful that you were able to visit there and drink in the atmosphere of the place. Is that the famous -White Garden- I can see in your photos? I hope you were able to buy lunch and a nice cup of tea at the castle ...sound like a wonderful day out .

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  5. Despite the unexpected hiccups en route, it seems your persistence was rewarded handsomely! Delightful captures - I especially like the gateway. Thanks for sharing this awesome patch of England.

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  6. What a lovely day, the castle, grounds and gardens are beautiful. Thanks for the lovely tour.

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  7. What a fantastic place. Those gardens are just amazing!

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  8. Marvelous place and I wish I could visit this garden!

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  9. English gardens and castle are fantastic. I would like to see them in real too! Great pictures!

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  10. Amazing shots! Very clever to take the bird eyed views. Thank you for taking us on your trip!

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  11. Sissinghurst is new to me … I admire your dedication to get there despite first going in the wrong direction. It looks like someplace right out of a storybook where princesses and dragons lived!

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  12. The bird eye views of the gardens are very beautiful and worth the drive!Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  13. What a beautiful place. I love your first photo, I'm a sucker for any kind of arch. I'm glad you found your way and brought us with you.

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  14. Hi there - great gardens - where would places like that be without the National Trust!

    Nice post.

    Stewart M

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  15. What a great place, I'd love to explore gardens like that. Lovely photos!

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  16. I'm sorry to learn you had trouble getting to this beautiful place (and left your lunch at home), but I think these gardens were worth the trip. The gardens are beautiful and very well kept. Thanks for taking us along with you through your marvelous photos.

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  17. Wow this bring back childhood memories of summers spent in Sussex with my Grandparents who lived not far from here. We visited it often.

    Mollyxxx

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  18. Wonderful photographs of the beautiful countryside.

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  19. What beautiful gardens! Hopefully you got your lunch at a cafe instead.

    I really must visit Sissinghurst next time I'm in the UK. Lovely shots! Look at that fabulous brickwork...

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  20. My comment got lost! Fabulous shots - love them!

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  21. Thank heavens the sights were so magnificent after all that driving and a forgotten lunch at the end of it. Great to read your post. I empathized and celebrated all at the same time :)

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  22. Wow gorgeous place, I would love to visit it too. Nice view from the top.

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  23. really enjoyed the visit to Chartwell!

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  24. What a GORGEOUS place!!! And after such an adventure to get there I'm sure you really enjoyed it! ;o)

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