How I Spent My Reading Week: England

  • 8 November 2016, 09:01

I went down to Jolly Old England and played the roll of tourist!

Yes, yes, I know.  I’m in Scotland so why didn’t I travel about this beautiful country on my free week?  Simple, my partner lives in England and this was my chance to officially meet the family and finally visit all those petty places I’ve seen in movies (I’m a not-so-closet history lover and total sucker for a good dramatic romance movie).

I spent much of the week traipsing about old stately manors, running about gardens, walking through Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson’s Victory, and eating in quintessential English thatch-roofed pubs.

Basically, I had a very British holiday.

If you ever have the time or inclination to do so, I highly recommend the following places to visit in Jolly Old:

  1. Sherwood Forest – because, Robin Hood.
  2. Chatsworth Manor – it’s glorious!  The window panes are painted gold… Gold!
  3. Stourhead Gardens – just look at the pretty pictures, I don’t need to say more.
  4. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – the only thing I will say is this: you are going to pay out the eyeballs unless you accompany someone that is active duty military.
  5. Fort Nelson Royal Armouries – Cannons!  Lots and lots of cannons!

And because no one really wants to read about me skipping through Sherwood Forest singing “oo-de-lally” from the 1970s animated Robin Hood movie, here are pictures:

Sherwood Forest
Light through the trees at Sherwood Forest
St Mary's of Edwinstowe
St. Mary’s of Edwinstowe where Maid Marian and Robin Hood were supposedly married
Peak District, England - Chatsworth House
Grounds of Chatsworth House – Peak District
Stourhead Gardens
Stourhead Gardens
A tree on an island in Stourhead Gardens
View of Apollo’s Temple at Stourhead Gardens
Fort Nelson


HMS Warrior




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