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Out and about at last: Herstmonceux & walk from Glynde

We visited Herstmonceux Castle Gardens at the end of March, and although the magnolias weren’t quite out fully it was still lovely to see what was coming up. It was actually quite warm that day – we stupidly thought it would stay that way into April, how wrong we were…

Herstmonceux Castle
The fairy-tale frontage of Herstmonceux Castle


Magnolia trees just starting to open their blooms
wild tulip
This is actually a Wild Tulip

We encountered a peacock who very obligingly threw up his tail for us! This was an absolutely stunning moment, rather hard to convey in the photos.

peacock tail from the front

peacock tail from the rear

Then the other day we took a train to Glynde and walked over the Downs to Lewes, a walk we’ve done many times in the past, but not for a few years now. It was magical – sunny, panoramic views, virtually nobody about but the sheep and Spring lambs.

Lambs on the downs above Lewes

spring lambs

Lewes from Chapel Hill
Looking down over Lewes from the top of Chapel Hill

Once in Lewes, we found it bustling, and settled down outside the Gardener’s Arms for our first pub pints in nearly six months!

first beers for many months


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