Kingston Lacy and the Bluebell Woods


Tuesday 1st May 2018

We met up with our fellow adventurers Kev and Val at the National Trust property at Kingston Lacy near Wimborne in Dorset. I can’t remember if it was a windy day or that Jane and Val had both chosen a similar hairstyle.


Kev was having a bad hair day so he wore a cap!  We got together to plan a couple more trips in the caravan, well I say plan, we discuss some dates and Kev does all the hard work with the routes and sites etc. So it looks like we are off to Spain in September for a couple of months and then next summer we are going to drive to Budapest.  That all sounds very exciting!


Kev still hasn’t got the idea of hide and seek and Jane easily spotted him behind this tree!


Friday 4th May

I have renewed my golf membership at Hockley.  Although we still plan to travel, I miss my golf and I don’t want to get too out of practice. It must be in the blood, my Dad has had 2 golf lessons this week and he is 82! The first week back was tough………..I had to play 4 times in a week to get my competition handicap back.  Jane was pleased as she got a bit of peace and quiet!


Talking of Dad, he has discovered a new burst of energy. He has just joined a local art class in Romsey, here he is showing Jane some of his latest work. If you are interested he is making an exhibition of himself on the 6th of August at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Aikman Lane, Totton, SO40 8FT from 7.15pm-9pm.

There will be other exhibitors, so it will be interesting to see what the class gets up to on a Tuesday morning at the old Convent school in Romsey.

Saturday 5th May 2018

Living with Dad in Braishfield we are close to Parnholt Woods and at this time of year the whole place is awash with colour. The brilliant yellow of the rape looks almost unreal!


The woods are carpeted with bluebells ……..


Everywhere you look is another inviting path for you to follow……..


We were so lucky with the weather, and the dappled sunlight really makes this place come alive.

As you can see I took loads of photos here……..


If you walk through the woods from the Braishfield end you get to the Clarendon Way, this is a 24 mile track from Winchester to Salisbury (If anyone wants to give this a go let me know, I’m sure we could do it in a day!) At this point on the Clarendon Way you are on a ridgeway and the views are stunning; the photo above was taken at Farley Mount and you can see for miles!

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2 Responses to Kingston Lacy and the Bluebell Woods

  1. Steve Pullen says:

    Hi Ian, I fancy doing the Clarenden Way sometime this summer. Needs a bit of planning. Regards Steve

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  2. Tony Payne says:

    Lovely photos Ian. I haven’t been to Kingston Lacy since about 1990, must go again. I can’t remember much about it. Maybe when the daffodils come out next year.
    Hane’t been to Clarenden, that looks really nice. We are always looking for somewhere else to go walking. Might have to give that a try.
    Nice to see your Dad has taken up art. It’s always good to have a hobby, no matter what your age. Something to keep the little grey cells active 🙂


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