Thursday, 9 April 2015

A Spring Outing and other stuff

Thankyou for all your comments and best wishes on my last post, it's good to be back even though I am still far, far behind with catching up with you all.

Hope you're all enjoying this gorgeous Spring weather! 

There's lots happening in the garden now, and today I've had a great day out with my daughter who is fresh back from a long weekend in Paris! Paris in the Springtime, how wonderful!! Next time she visits her friend there I think I shall tag along ;)

Today we visited Scotney Castle in Lamberhurst, Kent, a National Trust property and only 10 minutes away from us. Rather than tour the house on such a sunny day,  we wandered around the gardens and grounds and down to the old, ruined original building. 

My daughter took all of these photos on her iPhone and has taken some lovely shots with the ancient buildings reflected in the moat.

we loved this colour blue on the garden door with the red camellia!

steps up from the sunken quarry garden, made where they quarried out the stone to build the new and much large Scotney Castle in the 1830s.

camellias in bloom

the original medieval castle, mostly in ruins, but partly intact and there are still a few rooms to explore, and a story of a priest who hid undiscovered in the Priests hole whilst the house was searched!

Years ago, way before our daughter was born, we saw a Shakespeare play here one summers evening with the backdrop of the ruined atmospheric!

Such a great place to visit!

Back to the Loft Room tomorrow all day, and hoping to finish a glass cabinet that I started painting on Tuesday in Annie Sloan "Provence", a gorgeous turquoisy teal colour! Just sanding, distressing and waxing tomorrow so should have some photos to share in my next post.

I have a few items of vintage furniture already in the shop that I've painted recently, including this oak wheelback chair that had seen better days, but with a bit of glueing and a coat or two of my own colour mixed from Annie Sloan Original, Duck Egg and Louis Blue its looking much better.

Enjoy the rest of the Easter holidays and hopefully lots more sunny days!


  1. Love the chair, beautifully done. Scotney Castle looks wonderful, the photos are fantastic and I particularly like the camellias. CJ xx

  2. What beautiful pictures of the castle, it looks magical. Your chair make over went well, I like the colour.

  3. Great castle I love that in my back yard.

  4. It looks like a magical place to visit x

  5. Ich bin ganz hingerissen von diesem Baum vor der Ruine. Was für supertolles Foto.
    LG lykka

  6. Hello Gilly,
    Scotney Castle is so beautiful and that blue door so inviting.

    I totally agree you must accompany your daughter to Paris next time

    Happy Easter to you too

    Helen xx

  7. Hi Gill, nice to see you back here in blogland. Lovely piccies of Scotney Castle, I love the reflections in the moat. Hope to see you next week. Jane xx

  8. It has the feel of a French chateau about it with that moat an' all - but it's a bit more time-worn and magical. xCathy p.s. Bella takes a good photo - she gets it off her mum?

  9. Lovely photo's of Scotney Gill. We visited several times and enjoyed it very much. We especially loved the house on top of the hill. Really unique!

    Madelief x

  10. That is a romantic looking ruined castle; it would be great to have it restored.

  11. lovely spring april post lovely gardens and scotney castle love too go there so pretty


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