26 February 2014

a family walk: Lacock estate

Firstly this is a little later than I intended it to be what with all the drama going on around these parts! The long and short of it is, is that Rob was taken to hospital on Sunday with suspected appendicitis and ended up having surgery to have it removed on Monday and with then discharged yesterday. So cue lots of running around to and from the hospital and not really having time to think let alone sit in front of a computer!

Also secondly we didn't quite manage a family walk this weekend because of above reasons but last week we had a little trip to Lacock Abbey and village with my Mum, and seeing as they are family then I thought it would fit in with our family walk!

We drove to meet my Mum at a National Trust we'd not visited before, and uniquely it is a whole National Trust owned village. There is so much to look at and visit, including the Abbey, house, grounds, village and the Fox Talbot museum celebrating the one of the pioneers of photography and photography in general.

We started with a cup of tea and cake in the old tearoom in a majestic stone barn, whilst we sheltered from a sudden downpour before taking a look around the museum. I would love to go back and have a proper look because there's not so much time to read and look in detail when a certain little person running wild. We then made our way through the grounds towards the Abbey admiring all the early spring shoots and blooms, spread over the grounds in glorious beds of white, yellow and purple.

We explored courtyards and cloisters before entering the house and taking a look around. After lots of fun peering in rooms and imagining how life once was we made our way outside into the beautiful grounds. We couldn't resist snapping a few photos amongst the crocus's and snowdrops, especially to show off my very pretty new floral dress sent to me courtesy of Joules. I thought there was no better place to wear it than prancing round the countryside through fields of flowers! It's such a beautiful cut, and the quality of fabric is lovely. Theo was also sent an amazing weatherproof coat from the lovely boy clothes section, which is perfect for our family walks! (and it really is weatherproof, as tested out in a sudden downpour!)
Theo found a furry friend to keep him company!

We then explored the village taking in all the different styles of houses, all beautifully rustic and individual. We dreamed about which house we would live in, and imagined the quaint village life! We stopped in a pub for a drink and a bowl of chips before going our separate ways and heading home, happy after our adventure!




We received the clothing courtesy of Joules, but all thoughts are my own! They really are lovely! 

28 comments :

  1. oh i love these pictures! especially the one with your boy on the chair with the hat. and the cat ones! hope all the appendicitis stuff went okay?

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    1. hah thanks, that cat was very tolerant! Yes thank you, all is well he's just recovering now!

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  2. love the shot of Theo in the hat, the dress looks lovely!

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    1. I think it looks really victorian (minus the thomas wellies, obvs) And thanks!

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  3. We adore Lacock too! I absolutely love your dress Abi, it's gorgeous!

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    1. Thank yoooou! We should try and meet at a National Trust one of these days!

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  4. What a perfect adventure! I am sorry for your partner. I hope he is ok. Love your dress! x

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    1. It was! Yeh he's on the mend just a bit fragile! Thank you x

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  5. I love your photos and we are big fans of Lacock, it's beautiful there. So lovely to see all the buds and flowers too....

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    1. Thank you! Yes it excites me probably more than it should to see them all emerge!

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  6. I love posts like this; I'm a total history geek, and could spend days wandering round old buildings. Love the photo of Theo with the cat too, he looks very taken with him! The dress is ace, adore Joules stuff.

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    1. I loved it too! Especially since I've recently finished reading 'The pillars of the Earth' all about monasteries, priories and cathedrals so was amazing to be able to properly imagine what it was like! and thanks!

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  7. Love this! We used to go to Lacock when we were kids - I must go again x

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    1. I can imagine it's amazing to go to as children, it definitely is one of my favourites already!

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  8. Looks lovely. We often go to natiobal trust places, always a good day out

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    1. they are aren't they? I've lost count of the mount of times I've said "I love national trust!"

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  9. Oh wow this place looks magical and beautiful photos as always. I love that he found a little fury friend that didn't mind his company. Great post :)

    Laura x

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    1. It was amazing, so much to visit and take in! I think he is probably very used to having little visitors!

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  10. The nearby Whitehall garden centre is fantastic too - we've been to the circus and ice skating there.

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    1. oo that sounds great, thanks for the tip! Next time hopefully!

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  11. Such gorgeous pictures! Love the top hat and muddy knees combo too x
    Stopping by from Let's have an adventure...

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    1. Hi! thanks for visiting, need to take a look at all the new blogs too!

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  12. Gorgeous pictures, I love the rainbow that that kitty! lovely x

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  13. Lovely photos and I love your dress too

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    1. Thanks! I'm a little bit in love with it!

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