Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The Vyne

Throughout September my Husband and I made the most of the good weather at the weekends and dare I say it ... our freedom! ;)  It seems that since Fay and Jay have gone to uni that we have been out a lot more!  This particular Sunday rain was predicted later, so my Husband said, "Lets go on a fungi hunt before it rains."
We headed for our favourite woodland and found these ginormous toadstools on a tree.
It was a little early in the season for many fungi, but we did see these ones including the unusual white one on a tree stump
Afterwards we visited The Vyne, a 16thC property owned by the National Trust.
 We strolled around the gardens.

This poor bee looked drenched!
 We met the chickens in the walled garden and bought some delicious plums, that disappeared rather quickly!
Next we headed into The Vyne:-

 My favourite part of the building is the stairway hall, with its intricate plaster work in blue and white.

There was an art exhibition taking place and this installation in the library caught my eye.  Each paper cut represents a chapter in the history of The Vyne.  Tolkien is even mentioned as it is believed that the Ring of Silvianus, which was found near here, may have been the inspiration behind The One Ring.

 We managed to get around before the rain arrived, then headed home for some lunch.

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