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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!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Walking around Sissinghurst

The National Trust not only looks after Sissinghurst Castle but also manages the surrounding land. There are numerous wonderful walks which lead you through the beautiful Kent countryside. Here is the view over the Weald of Kent from just outside the gardens.

Looking across the moat to the Gazebo

I'm now walking away from the gardens and across a meadow with some beautiful wild flowers.

The walk takes me by the side of a lake with a solitary duck looking for someone to play with .

No ducks here. The water is so still, it is like looking into a mirror.

A track leads you into the woodland.

 I love seeing foxgloves in the garden but there is nothing to compete with seeing flowers in their natural habitat.

Crossing over the stream is a doddle with this bridge.

Now I don't mind spiders or snakes or any insects. I don't mind bats or birds. But one animal I do have a problem with and that's the cow. Why? you might ask. Well I have no idea, but crossing a field with cows in just makes me come out in a sweat. I will do anything to avoid crossing a field with cows in it. Here I am. I've come too far to go back and my only option is crossing this field with not just cows but a bull as well. I had no intention of getting close enough to tell the difference. I decided to avoid the path which crossed the middle of the field and keep as close as possible to the hedgerow and go round the field that way.

They may look docile but I wasn't taking any chances.

I crept around the edge of the field using this dog rose for cover. Yes I know I am mad but it was my only option. My heart was pounding as I stealthily made my way to a gate at the other side. Didn't get to the stile because that was too close to the cows but I got to the gate and was able to climb over it. Phew made it!

The next field just seemed to have rabbits in it so that was ok. Rather large rabbit hole though!
Ever have that feeling you're not wanted.

Safely back at last as I crossed the garden's nursery.

Back to the car park. No this isn't my car but you can always dream.


  1. first time here...loved going on your walk through such beautiful land. I now will dream about this dreamy car.
    I came here because of your comment on my blog on how the rainbow shot came about. I was relaxing on my sofa and noticed the rainbow on my carpet. I have a small crystal that hangs in my west kitchen window. Any sunny evening I will have rainbows, mostly on the walls and cabinets. But that evening... I can't help myself capturing rainbows over and over again.
    Oh, yes, I'm now a follower.

  2. Unusual photographs, fantastic views. I am greeting

  3. Thank you for taking us on that delightful walk ... I love the scatters of field flowers and the pretty dog rose hedge ... Rural England at its best.

  4. You brought back an old memory of crossing a field with a bull in it, and the fear I felt long ago. I also had no encounter but didn't want one either. What a beautiful batch of pictures you've shared with me here. Thank you. :-)

  5. I've seen photos of Sissinghurst before but never ones like these. Thanks. I feel like I have a better idea about what the castle grounds really, REALLY look like. :)

  6. What a neat walk!!!! It could be called "A Walk with the Animals"... ha...

    Love that Gazebo... Gorgeous!!!! AND your photos are great. I especially like the ones with the reflections in the water...


  7. I enjoyed going on this walk with you. What a pretty place. I loved all the farm critters and the beautiful flowers. Beautiful photos. Have a great day!

  8. I like how your write out your walks...feels like I am there...enjoyed the trip...thanks for sharing....cheers.

  9. This looks beautiful, thanks for sharing your walk.

  10. What a great walk through the beautiful, picture book, English countryside. Thanks for taking me with you.

  11. Beautiful shots of place, very scenic.

  12. What a place, I just love it. I would rather go for a walk through the meadows and woods than almost everything else.

    You may be afraid of cows, here in Oklahoma we have poisonous snakes, rattlesanakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths so that is what I keep my eyes open for. Bulls, cows, calves, I ignore them.

  13. What a lovely walk you have taken us on! Beautiful watery reflections! A picture book English countryside indeed! Thank you for sharing the beauty! Hope you have a great weekend1


  14. I have never been in Kent! I have heard about how beatifil it is..now i know!
    Nice pictures Thank You!

  15. Believe those are short horn beef cattle which are usually placid by nature, but you do need to be careful of the bull. Usually they will just ignore you, but may take an interest if you are in the wrong place. But do watch out for dairy bulls as they are much more aggressive.

    The car is a beauty. It is an MG TC (1945-1949) with a 1200 cc motor producing 54 horse power. Exactly 10,000 were built in the five years of production. Their performance was not great at 22.5 seconds to 60 mph, but they look just terrific. Fine set of photos from a terrific walk.

  16. A delightful series of shots and congratulations on facing your fears! I'd be wanting to avoid the bull too, but I adore cows! Thanks for sharing this pretty part of the country. Happy weekend.

  17. Looks like a great place for a walk! :o)

    love the sheep!


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