You certainly had the weather for it Cathy!😎 I hope that you had a fabulous day.
Yes, we enjoyed our trip, Anna – great to use the van again too. Will try and write a little about it soon
What a treat. I enjoy it more than Chelsea, so much more relaxing. And a warm summer’s day and a picnic by the river, perfect. More pictures please.
Yes, definitely a treat, as was Wisley the day before – too hot for any picnics, though. I hope to write a little about it and Wisley soon but there have been other things in the way, as happens 😉
I bet you got some ideas from the visit!
A few, and also from Wisley
Ah, Wisley. I love that place and it is the one thing (except for my daughter and grandchildren) that I missed the most when we moved away from Surrey.
My Elder Daughter lives not far from Wisley and we had hoped to meet her there but sadly it was The Poppet’s sports day – we have gone a few times since she moved there but there were still parts I had not seen, which were remedied this time
It is a large place and they keep on making changes. I always visit when going to see my daughter and hope to do so in August.
It was reading an issue of The Garden that made me realise I didn’t even know the shady bit at the end of the walled garden existed. And even with the map we struggled to find the alpine houses. Not long till August… 😉
Holy cats! What a place!
We didn’t go into the palace or the rest of the grounds, Laurie, as a day at a flower show is full-on and tiring enough as it is!
J > I have very fond memories of a visit to Hampton Court Palace when I was a child. It’s a fascinating place, and probably the best place to get a feel for the life of the privileged in Tudor times. The famous TV series ‘The Six Wives of Henry the VIII’ was showing on BBC at the time. I remember the gardens, too – it was gloriously sunny. And I got lost in the maze! but I don’t think there was such a thing as a Flower Festival back then.
And likewise for me as a student in 1972 with a very pleasant young man – the two things I remember particularly were the maze and having a ploughmans for the very first time… 😉
That is awesome! Beautiful photos! I would love to get there someday!
Any big flower show is an experience, but several bloggers have said that Hampton Court is friendlier, less formal and less crowded than Chelsea.
Cathy some great photos and a wonderful place full of history. I have been silent because I have been sick with bronchitis that has complicated a lung with pneumonia. And to top it off with the heat wave that sweeps Spain, in Madrid with 42ºC and at night with 25ºC. A fright! I have been very weak in bed without moving. And today is the third day that I get up in the afternoon. I wanted to say hello. A spectacular place Thank you very much for the pictures. Greetings from Margarita.
Oh Margarita, it has been tough for you and it sounds as if you are recovering only very slowly. I hope temperatures become a bit more bearable soon and help your recovery
Cathy, thank you very much for your concern. It’s true the recovery is very slow, pneumonia attacked me well. Unfortunately, temperatures are still very high, although they have dropped by 4ºC during the day and 3ºC at night. The heat wave coming from the Sahara does not want to withdraw from Spain. His words have been very kind and have encouraged me. Thanks again. Greetings from Margarita.
It is hard to imagine what it must like having to live in heat like that for weeks on end, when there is nothing you can do about it 😐
Cathy, I do not like the heat. My ideal temperature for a Summer would be 25ºC. With 40 º C you do not live, I shot all day lying on the bed, with my body scrambled, and in the afternoon with the fan in my room I read and see the mail on the computer, and even in between I lie on the bed. The fan all day next to me. Drinking cold water every little while. I do not go out on the street. That is my day. Greetings from Margarita.
Gosh, it really does limit your daily life – there seems to be little respite
Cathy, yes, limits my life. People make their normal life. But as I take medication for my back, I am more affected by the heat and it makes me dizzy and disables me for daily life. Well, I have a permanent disability for all kinds of work due to the work accident I had, that must influence something I imagine, because the next degree is the great disability (people in wheelchairs who can not do anything). But well the Summer is over, we are almost in August, and then comes the beautiful and divine Autumn with its wonderful colors and that you have to enjoy it to the fullest, even making trips by car to see palaces with gardens of a day from Madrid, there are various. Greetings from Margarita.
It’s interesting to read how you look forward to autumn, your season for garden visiting, whereas in the UK some people would be bemoaning the end of summer once autumn sets in
Cathy if I lived on the North coast of Spain, which is around 23ºC while in Madrid we are at 38ºC, I would visit gardens right now, and see places, go to the beach, to the mountain, walk every day. But the heat of Madrid limits you. I can not go to see the gardens of the Royal Palace of Madrid “El Campo del Moro” which took 20 minutes to get from my house with 38ºC, I have to go see it when temperatures drop, in mid September. But as if God wants to be in the country house, I will go to the end of October to see him. And the peacocks that are loose will not be sleepy but will be active showing their wonderful finery. Greetings from Margarita.
That’s something to look forward to, Margarita
Cathy, I’m afraid another wave of heat returns to Spain and Madrid is not spared. Thank you very much for your sincere and friendly words. I hope it does not reach the UK. Greetings and memories of Margarita.
Sorry to hear that, Margarita – hope it doesn’t last long
I do not want it to last long, but this July heat wave after heat wave with two or three days of temperature drop between them. This is what the State Meteorological Agency has said. There is nothing left to endure. Greetings from Margarita.
Must have been unbearable at times, Margarita
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