Monday, 27 May 2013

Ham House & Gardens

With lots of little projects that needed attention around here this bank holiday weekend, we opted not to stray too far from home for our little outing. Ham house in Richmond was perfectly situated for us to take a little goosey gander around the 17th century house and gardens on Sunday morning. We even found enough time to splish, splash, splosh our way across flooded fields, sit on the banks of the Thames and watch a little boat racing before heading back home to embark on some light weeding around the garden, trowel in one hand, Pimms in the other!.









There you go, that wasn't too strenuous was it!
What did you get up to this bank holiday weekend?

23 comments:

  1. You didn't need to stray too far with such a lovely garden on your doorstep. Admire the garden with the niches and the drum shaped yew? box? bushes.
    H used to row in his younger days, now that really is a strenuous pastime.
    The same here, lots of little jobs to do because it has been too chilly to do them earlier. Painted the garden furniture and cleaned the interior of the car because sadly I don't have a Hercules to do it for me.

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    1. Rosemary, I can highly recommend a Hercules they really are very good!

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  2. lovely place. by the way, where can i get a similar statue of mercury? kidding. :)

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    1. Well actually there is a great sale coming up at Christies next month Mike!

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  3. Sounds like you had an all round fab time! Must make an effort to visit Ham House next time we visit the nearby Palm Centre.

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    1. And we should drop into the Palm centre soon too. Its been a while now.

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  4. AAAAAA-mazing photos, Magical P! I'm putting this one on my list. Are those lavender plants in the parterre garden? And did you eat your weeds this weekend? ;)

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    1. Dear Mr Loi, I'm afraid I declined to eat my weeds this time:) Isn't the Cherry Garden gorgeous, I know you'd approve of its 17c design. Its planted with Lavender and Santolina within the parterres and surrounded by Hornbeam.

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  5. Paul, Lovely spot so close to your home! I love ending with a Pimms in hand. We had pitchers of Pimms all weekend and pretended to be Brits. It even rained today and we are enjoying a lovely grey day, so maybe we conjured it up.

    xxKim

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  6. Paul, looks like a beautiful outing. I have never hear of this house but it looks like a wonderful place to visit.

    Have a gret week, Elizabeth

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    1. Elizabeth you'd have so much fun. The interior of the house is amazing and you can access to the downstairs kitchens where they were baking and offering tastings....no chocolate though! :)

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  7. Our long weekend was last weekend here in Canada. So it is a working day for us across the pond.

    This house is beautiful. I have been to Richmond once and remembered we saw many beautiful and grand houses by the Thames River. The gardens here look so perfect and just gorgeous! Just a perfect Spring day for a stroll.

    Where is Mr. Hercules on this outing? Did you give him the Sunday off? So kind of you. :))

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    1. Hercules didn't have the day off Pamela, who else do you think carried me across the flooded field on piggy-back! :)

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  8. Paul- what a spectacular outing-- these pictures are stunning. I love the old door-- my favorite. There is so much beauty where you live-- around every corner it seems. You are so great to share your outings with us all.

    Xoxo
    Vicki

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    1. Cheers Vicki, There definitely is a whole lot of beauty around here. Sometimes you have to look a little bit further to find it and sometimes its right on the end of your nose:)

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  9. Hello Mr Paul,
    Your post and pictures are just exquisite.I surly enjoy visiting you again. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
    Till next time,
    Marie Antoinette

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    1. Thanks ladies. You drop by anytime you like but especially at Christmas time:)

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  10. Oh Paul, take me MORE PLACES! You really know how to share a great tour. All the green is so peaceful and much needed. Happy trails, Sir Paul! Anita

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    1. I'll see what I can rustle up for you over the next few weeks Anita. x

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  11. We had cold and rain and an all around miserable Holiday weekend, therefore I hate you for having such a marvelous one! Not really, just plain jealous. What a beautiful little escape and I do think that your idea of weeding with a glass of Pimms just takes the misery out of that that awful task. I think I'll try that.

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  12. I want that statue with the wings on its feet please

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  13. Ham House looks very impressive. I believe we both have been Splish, splash, sploshing :-(, but they say the weekend is going to be sunny :-)!

    Madelief

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