Tag: National Trust

Back to school: from Victorian childhood through communism to contemporary UK

My partner’s daughter, Rosie, goes to high school starting this year! Her first day there, last week, sounded a bit scary and disappointing, but now she comes back home with a glint in her eyes and a knowing smile in the corners of her mouth. She reminds me of when, exactly her age, I won…

Bodnant Garden works its mid-May botanical magic. Best of the UK II

With summer here  now, you might be making plans for weekend escapes too. If you drive into the heart of North Wales, across some of its picturesque and remote landscapes, with the purpose of visiting a garden, one might say you are really passionate about your plants and flowers. What if this particular place could…

Trace Powis Castle’s history on the rhododendron path. Best of the UK I

Grey steel evening skies, the unique shades of green and the vivid sunset colours. Tea rooms and castles. Layered gardens and packed gardening centres. Terry Pratchett, Dr. Who and… National Trust. Have you guessed what this is all about? National Trust: the first bite of the best of the UK Whether this best of the…