On Thursday I had to go to a meeting at work - Basildon Park - and because I was just there for a meeting, not working all day, I had to park in the visitors car park. It is actually a nice change. Otherwise I park really close to the house and don't really get to see anything of the entrance to the property, shop, or walk to the house.
Knowing that I would be parking in a different place than normal, I decided to arrive a little early and enjoy the walk up to the house and take some pictures to share with you on the way!
So I hope that you will enjoy my walk to work!
After coming through visitor reception the first thing that you come to is the gardeners sitting room. Of course the wonderful gardeners now have their own private break room area, but this is open for visitors. The main attraction is the video of the last owner of the house - Lady Iliffe - talking about how she found and restored the house.
It is also a nice place to stop and gather your thoughts either before starting your visit or at the end of the day before heading off home again.
This is the stable yard area, and the building you can see houses the shop - where I was very good and resisted making any purchases!!
There are flocks of these metal birds all over the place, aren't they fun! I could imagine a couple of these in my garden, but we already have a lot of garden ornaments.
After nosing around a bit it was time to head off. This archway marks the path up to the house. It is a bit steep as you will see in a moment, so there is a buggy that you can ride up to the house in - and back down again - if you need it. We actually have a posh buggy because it was used at the Olympics!
You can see the main path on the left of the picture above, and to the right are a series of paths for children to climb and wander along.
If you are in need of a stopping place or just want to enjoy the trees, there are several of these benches with carved squirrels and rabbits on the ends of them. I love these! Too cute!
I was about half way at this point. You can see the path sloping gently downwards in the shot above and still a little way to climb up in the shot below. That sounds wrong, but you know what I mean I hope!
This is just before you leave the cover of the trees at the top of the path. When you come out from the trees, you can look back down at the drive and see how far you have come. Normally I just drive straight up here.
When you reach the top you can see the large areas that have been planted with masses of daffodils. They are not blooming yet - as you can tell! - but when they are in flower I will try and remember to photograph them again.
They make a great spring entrance to the property.
Nearly there now. I met a colleague at this point, so I stopped taking pictures. I didn't want them to think that I was odd photographing my walk to work!
I hope that you are able to enjoy the weekend and not be walking to work, but if you are, I hope that at least some of you have a walk that is as nice as mine is. I am very lucky!
Sorry if I didn't reply to your posts yesterday - especially those of you joining in Five On Friday - and if I don't comment over the next few days or reply to your comments to me. Yesterday afternoon I did something to my shoulder and it is now incredibly painful and so typing is really difficult right now! I wrote this post and tomorrows before I did the damage! It is something that happens to me every now and then and will go in a few days, I just have to leave it be until it is OK again. All will be OK, but no typing! So I apologise if I seem to have gone missing or am not replying. I will catch up when I can with replies and will keep reading your lovely posts as my eyes are fine even if my shoulder isn't!