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Mount Ephraim Gardens

"Staycation"

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The school holidays were coming to an end. The Government decided that all pupils and students would be back in full time education from September's usual start of the school year.

It also meant that I had to go back to work as well. I currently work in Schools ICT for a London Borough. I have been on a term-time only contract since April 1st 2019. I get the same holidays as the kids and get paid a reduced annual salary as my holidays are more than the standard paid-holiday allowance.

This staycation was after the lockdown across England for Covid-19 was relaxed. Places started to open up but with restricted access and often with pre-booked access.

Mount Ephraim Gardens is in north Kent. Not too far from home and was perfect for a staycation and is dog-friendly. Acres of gardens and park land to walk around and see some planting, some walking and of course a tea-room.

The satnav, TomTom 410, can be used in the car and also on my Rocket III motorcycle, took us straight to the parking field. we paid to get in, and under the National Garden Scheme we go tin on a two for one ticket. Reggie (the dog) goes free.

As we normally do we stopped for our loo and coffee breaks before heading out into the gardens. The walk today wasn't as varied as before and I forgot to take my camera from the car. I had a pocket Sony digital with me so had to make do with my phone.

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Staycation seems to be the buzzword for not going away on vacation or at least staying in your own country. To us it means staying at home and venturing out for day trips.

Mount Ephraim is well worth a visit whether you have a dog or not. A nice walk around the garden and surrounding land. And of course - tea or coffee and a cake!

Posted by InvictaMoto 00:35 Archived in England Tagged mount_ephraim_gardens

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