The cottage in Hemmingsford Abbots is adorably old and small and cute. Of white (though traditonally dirty) brick it has roses round the door. Originally a one up, one down cottage with ladder staircase, it has been extended twice. Once with a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor together with a new staircase (and I guess the walls upstairs to make two rooms) and then once more to take in a conservatory, although rather cleverly this has been done by using indoor terraces down to a sunken patio, which does well to preserve the slate roof line without nasty flat roofs.

The garden is long and beautiful, and the weather today has been something special. We had our first barbeque of the year – steaks for lunch – and two local walks with brother and his family over meadows and along rivers, which included taking in watching a couple of guys in a boat use a lock for the first time in their lives, which was kinda amusing… 😉

The weather was absolutely stunningly gorgeous and hot today. I had to keep on reminding myself that it was only mid-April and not mid-July!! I did of course take many, many photos, some of which I will be posting here shortly…