Would you offer to drive total strangers several hours to your home? People that you did not know at all, other than reading their blogs and a few comments on your own blog? They could be axe murderers or worse!
Even if you were a burly built rugby player type, picking up hitchhikers of the universe could prove to be a bad decision. If you are a petite soft spoken musically inclined journalist who may or may not know martial arts, it is probably unwise to do so.
Ah, but the strangers were gardeners, ones who blog about their own gardens, just like you do. And we all know that gardeners are lovely gentle people who pose no danger. You hope.
Besides, you have just pressure washed your patio.
Seeing as how they love gardens, and each year you open your garden to the public to raise funds for deserving charity, and the pond looks amazing…
…In the hidden seating area, newly purchased at the Malvern Show, Japanese Maple ‘Orange Dream’ looking like a gleaming beacon on the table looks so inviting…
It was a relaxing oasis in between the mad dashing of garden visiting, truly five star accommodations. (The hearts in the bowl came from the gift shop at the Batsford Arboretum where we stopped on the way to London from Malvern.)
No tour of Victoria’s Backyard can be considered complete without a shout out to the regal Pushkin, lord of the manor. Thank you, your grace for allowing us to view your tricks and stroke your sleek coat and even pour food into your dish from which you so thoughtfully dined, to our delightful pleasure.
(I wanted to tell you, Victoria, that upon returning home to Tennessee there was a Mother’s Day present waiting for me from the kids, a Japanese Maple ‘Orange Dream’. Similarly eerie to the Phillipa experience.)
There are a couple more garden visits that will be featured, both large and famous spots, in sunshine. To view all of the England trip posts see the links below. (There is a permanent page on the sidebar containing the links to the England posts as well. Click England Trip-Two Innocents Abroad to view it.)