A quick detour to Romsey, Hampshire

Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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This particular Easter holiday has been longer than the usual school term break. Translation for non parents: the kids have a higher than average chance of turning into rabid and feral animals. The solution is to unload these creatures into a large park and let them run and run and run and run and run until they drop from exhaustion. Literally.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens cover 180 acres of land and enough variety of plants to send a keen gardener into raptures. I'm a convicted plant murderer so thanks to my friend Tara, I now know how to pronounce rho-do-den-dron. Just in case you're as clueless as I am.......I took a photo (the pink mass of blossoms) to remind myself of what they look like. As for the kids, there's a wobbly bridge, a treehouse that doubles as a slide and plenty of space to do infinite number of cartwheels.

I made Tara, aka driver aka friend screech to a halt by the side of the road so I could dash into a rapeseed field just as the sun was setting. And......promptly walked into a bush of stinging nettles. Pfffft. I tried rubbing dock leaves onto my bare ankles to neutralize the stings but what really stopped the welts from developing further (and take away the frigging pain) was the incredible paw paw ointment. This wonder drug has been a lifesaver on numerous occasions. The things we (or rather I) go through just to take a photo.



12 comments:

  1. Hampshire is a photographer/blogger's delight! We spent time at Hook and I went mad with my new camera too. Great to see trees and flowers and, shock/horror the sun! Susan, London

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    1. Hah! The sun! we haven't seen the sun in days, have we?

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  2. Beautiful pictures.

    I'm also a great believer of sticking the children outside and let them do the worst. Better than doing it in your house.

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    1. Mind you, you have two boys. I can just imagine how energetic they are........

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  3. How beautiful is England?! It makes me happy to be home seeing these pics.......but I'm still moving to Paris when I'm old n grey! ;) xx

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    1. Maybe you'll just have to split your time between the two countries? That'll scratch both itches :P

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  4. Wow! That first photo. I want to go to there.

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    1. You'll have to come and visit me......cos I'm not going to NYC anytime soon :P

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  5. The yellow fields around (north) Hampshire where I am are truly stunning right now. As soon as they cut it down my husband will be struck down with awful hayfever sadly!

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    1. I was warned about hay fever by my friend before stepping into the fields. I wonder if honey does the trick of reducing hay fever?

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