As I said on Twitter the other week, I think we peaked to old married couple way too soon. 3 weeks in, we joined the National Trust. First stop; Buckland Abbey. Home of Sir Francis Drake.
It's the grounds I've always loved the most and it's where we spent most of our visit. We had to dodge the rain clouds for the beginning of the trip but the blue skies did start to peep out of the sky later on and we managed to venture the grounds and stay dry.
The gardens give me serious envy. We've been trying to spruce up our very small outside space and I got some massive gardening inspo. As well as looking at Nigel Slater's and Rosie's gardens for a big dreams of container life. We also want to brighten the place up with flowers until next year turns up and I just have a lot of containers filled with soil and seeds and hoping everything grows.
I mean just look at those sweet peas; I'm more than jealous. I am not green fingered at all and not sure I'm going to be lucky enough to keep them alive. There were sweet peas in abundance at the Abbey and I just wanted to run out with a trellis full of them. Didn't think it would be too casual though.
The house itself was...fine. I remember visiting when I was little and being so mesmerised by it all. This time, not so much. I can see that they've made it a great place to take kids as there was a whole level of the house dedicated to playing and learning but that wasn't our jam... not just yet anyway.
The art exhibition that was on wasn't quite our thing either. Any one remember in 500 Days of Summer where they decide to leave the exhibition half way through and see a movie instead? While it may not have been the same piece of art they were looking at, it was still similar feelings.
The most exciting thing for me was spotting another otter. I told you I reached peak middle age! This summer there are a load of otter statues dotted around Devon. A couple of our local pubs have them, as if I've needed an excuse to frequent these places! The otter at Buckland Abbey was so beautifully decorated, I just wanted this in my tiny garden, distract from the flowers I'm trying to keep alive.