The Secret Garden at Elsham Hall, North Lincolnshire
We chose Elsham Hall to do just that, for a number of reasons:
1) It's about half way between Lincoln, where my parents live, and Hull, where I live. 2) We'd been when I was a child and loved it.
The place was a little run down if anything; government cuts and harsh economic times have clearly had a huge impact on places like this, as well as on museums and most other things cultural. However, we were aware that it was out-of-season, and that renovation works were taking place too.
Despite the slight bleakness to the place, there was also a lot of charm. I loved the blue painted doors and gorgeously arranged walled garden, along with wandering guineafowl, pheasants and even a guinea pig village!
The weather was almost perfect, in my opinion. Although it spotted about with rain, the sun was shining and there was a cold crisp feel in the air - the best sort of weather! It was the first time in a long while I had walked amongst nature, or done much outdoors. University life and now my working life seems to constrain me to the busy city, but I grew up going for walks and drives in the beautiful fields of Lincolnshire.
The best part was that I got to spend some quality time with my parents, which nowadays I rarely get to do. Usually when I see them its for some sort of 'purpose', like a birthday or event. So it was nice to just 'do nothing' with them all if you get me?
Here are some of the photos from the walk. I love taking photos, but again rarely get the chance to immerse myself in it. Usually I'm snapping for work or a quick one for my blog or Instagram, but I'm definitely going to make the effort to go exploring with my camera, and hopefully share the results with you.
Check out my outfit from this day here, with a quick review of the coat I was wearing.