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Polesden Lacey–An Edwardian Retreat

En route back to Heathrow to catch our flight back to Texas, we stopped off at Poles­den Lacey just off the M25, the Lon­don cir­cu­lar road (or car park depend­ing on the time of day!).  It was an ide­al place for a stopover and a bite of lunch en route to our hotel at Heathrow.

It’s anoth­er mag­nif­i­cent Nation­al trust prop­er­ty and is high­light­ed by its amaz­ing gar­dens and end­less walk­ing paths and grounds.  It just bog­gles the mind how much mon­ey there was around Lon­don in these days to build such splen­did estates and lifestyles.

Here are some pic­tures from the vis­it:

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Bateman’s: The home of Rudyard Kipling

In May this year we had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vis­it (anoth­er) writer’s home about 20 miles from daugh­ter Joan­ne’s home town of Tun­bridge Wells in South East Eng­land.  It’s yet anoth­er Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty and the for­mer home of the famous writer, Rud­yard Kipling.  

The link above takes you to the Wikipedia entry for Rud­yard Kipling where it can be seen he was born in India and moved to the UK when he was 5 years old.  He always had a love of India and wrote sev­er­al books and poems about the coun­try.

Bate­man’s is an old sand­stone house, sur­round­ed by gar­dens, farm­land and rolling coun­try­side.  An amaz­ing place to be a cre­ative writer.  In the pho­tos below you can see his study; an amaz­ing­ly relax­ing place to be cre­ative I would have thought.  It also helps that he had loads of cash😄

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Scotney Castle, England

Scot­ney Cas­tle is locat­ed near Tun­bridge Wells in the South of Eng­land, about 10 miles from daugh­ter Joan­ne’s place.

It’s yet anoth­er amaz­ing Nation­al Trust prop­er­ty with sump­tu­ous tea room/restaurant, amaz­ing main house & cas­tle ruins, and exten­sive gardens/grounds (780 acres) for walk­ing and hik­ing.

We spent a great after­noon there recent­ly on our UK trip and below are some of our pho­tos which don’t do jus­tice to the stun­ning bush­es, flow­ers and vis­tas.

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Castle Drogo

Granite stone with impressive door at Castle Drogo
Gran­ite stone with impres­sive door

What con­tains 2355 sol­id gran­ite blocks and leaks like a sieve?

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the last cas­tle built in Eng­land claims that hon­or.

Yes, Cas­tle Dro­go leaks pro­fuse­ly and water will ruin the prop­er­ty with­out imme­di­ate action. For­tu­nate­ly, the Nation­al Trust, own­er since 1974, has come to the res­cue and the building’s inte­ri­or now faces a bone-dry future, but will wait five years for the priv­i­lege. In the mean­time, scaf­fold­ing around the struc­ture sup­ports the (hope­ful­ly) brave and patient work­men who will care­ful­ly remove and return 680 tons of stone from (and back to) the Cas­tle roof — a Grand Design Ground­hog Day, to be sure.