We’ve had some beautiful days this summer so I thought I’d better make the most of my junior National Trust Membership (I get a lot of stick for that one but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way). Chartwell, steeped in history, is one of my all time favourite places. Winston Churchill’s family home, as a history grad this sort of thing makes me stupidly happy. I’ve visited to tour the house many times and that is a separate post entirely, I couldn’t recommend a visit more. This time around given the lovely weather I just wanted to concentrate on the beautiful gardens and extensive grounds. We did pack a picnic for this trip but I didn’t think myself eating slices of Leerdammer from the packet out of a Tesco bag would make for particularly attractive photography. Before the summer is out I am determined to have a proper and civilised picnic with a beautiful picnic rug and my big white hamper, cutlery, glasses and all. Anyway, I digress.
Churchill was an avid painter, and with such beautiful scenery around him, it isn’t difficult to see why. Be sure to visit the studio to see his work. There are also several trails and walks to complete around the grounds.
The beautiful rose garden at Chartwell is particularly popular, as is the kitchen garden.
I think these are aubergines! Somebody please do correct me if not.
One has to pay a visit to the fish
And indeed to the cattle. For the more eagle-eyed of you, note the small black and white calf on the far left. From afar, I may or may not have commented that the cows were being herded by a very large dalmatian.