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5 September 2017

1 year of National Trust | Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Me and My Husband are definitely Weekend Explorers, every weekend we have off together we plan an adventure, whether its a local day out or a weekend break, we like to make the most of it.

This weekend I was browsing the National Trust website and saw Calke Abbey, which is only a 30 minute drive from us, and somewhere we've never been before. We packed up our backpacks with sandwiches and a big flask of hot tea, donned our cardigans (It's September now, so despite the temperature its autumn in my eyes!) and headed off to explore.

We passed through some gorgeous little villages on the way, which I definitely want to have a mooch around next time, just so I can admire the pretty little flower covered cottages at a slower pace!

We finally arrived at our destination and went to book our tickets when we were asked about becoming National Trust members, and because it was something we had already been talking about we bit the bullet and signed up!

We collected our map and tickets, booked our slot to tour the House and headed off to explore the gardens. My husband will tell you now that I am obsessed with gardens, this summer we have visited so many beautiful ones, that it makes me excited to pot my seeds ready for next spring! (don't worry i'm not wishing the year away just yet|!)

I loved walking through all the flowers, but my favourite had to be the fruit and vegetable garden. There were lots of weird and wonderful veg alongside a gorgeous apple orchard. We could spy some huge pumpkins growing, which definitely made me excited for Autumn, as it's one of my favourite seasons.

There was just so much to look at, we loved bobbing through the arch ways, and looking out for the swallows that were nesting in the nearby barns.

There's also an apple day coming up in October, which sounds lovely, especially if you have children!

We enjoyed a tour of the house which I didn't take any photo's in, as I thought it would be nice to keep it a surprise for any of you who read this and plan to go. I loved the high ceilings and intricate cornicing in every room. There's so much to see it's fascinating.

One of my favourite parts of our walk was going through the Farmer's tunnel, which is super dark and long. I had to hold on to my husbands backpack as I couldn't see anything!

We had another mooch around the grounds with a nice coffee, this time we stopped to admire the deer and then back through the gardens. I just can't get enough of those dahlias you see!

We had such a lovely day, even if the weather wasn't playing along, and we ended up getting rained on! We've already planned where we are going next weekend, so keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for that one!


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