A Travellerspoint blog

September 2020

Standen House and Garden

National Trust Staycation

Another weekend and another "staycation" drive out. This time to Standen House, another National Trust managed property.

This one is special as the finest example of the William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement at the end of the 19th century. The house is as it would have been with the dining room restored to "as is" from from the 1920's.

It took a while to get there with the route TomTom decided on. Only 71 miles but it took nearly an hour and a half.

Only the ground floor is open as the upstairs isn't wide enough to allow social distancing.

As with any property trying to stay open during the pandemic and aftermath, public safety is a top priority. Entry is by pre-booked ticket (booked online) with limited numbers and timed entry. There was a small queue to get into the house itself, controlled by a traffic light system and a one way route around the ground floor.

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

William Morris Arts and Crafts wallpaper

As we had left the dog at home we only did the house this weekend, and decided to come back and do the walks in the 12 acres of gardens when he can come too. Maybe if the weather holds up we can come back in a few weeks otherwise it will be next year.

The TomTom took us home the country route rather than the motorway route. In the end it took about the same time and we got to see some parts of Kent that we hadn't seen before. We forget that our own county the weald is very beautiful between the towns and villages.

A few more photos.

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Standen House

Posted by InvictaMoto 16:07 Archived in England Tagged arts_and_crafts national_trust standen_house Comments (0)

Alzheimer's Memory Ride-Out 2019

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Many people have formed an opinion of motorcyclists, or bikers, from the crap they watch on TV. You know the sort of show or movie? All bikers are tattooed and ride Harley's and are into no good. Criminals of course.

The other side of bikers is that they are maybe indeed tattooed and ride Harley's, but in general are just like you and me. They have responsible jobs, They have families. They are no less law abiding than ordinary members of the public. In fact they could be you. They are me.

This charity ride was in its second year. A ride from Bexhill on Sea to Folkestone along the coast. All riders and their pillions paid £5 up front to raise funds for the Alzheimers UK charity.

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I was late setting off and decided to meet the run at the break point at Dungeness Light Railway Station. I took the Nikon with me to fire off as many photos as I could before joining the back of the parade to Folkestone.

Here are some of the photos. The rest are on my Flickr account. Linked on the right.

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Everyone had a great time on a nice sunny day.

Posted by InvictaMoto 11:07 Archived in England Tagged alzheimers_uk Comments (0)

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

"Staycation"

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View Rocket 2020 on InvictaMoto's travel map.

Staycation for us is staying at home during the relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown relaxation and going out to places for day trips. To others it looks like it means getting in your car and driving 300 miles to park on the side of the road and then joining thousands of others in close proximity rather than social distancing!!

Today we pre-booked to go to Sissinghurst as it has recently opened for limited numbers. Of course, the day we chose was one of the only weekends in July when it rained.

As it was raining, we left Reggie at home. Another reason is that dogs aren't allowed in the gardens but are on the rest of the estate. Our plan was to go and see the new Mediterranean garden that had been made in a Greek style. This is due to the original garden developers, Vita Sackville-West and her husband, loving the Greek islands.

Even through the rain the garden looks good, the influences plain to see.

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

To dry off we stopped in the coffee shop and had a coffee and cake before venturing to the shop and then back through the drizzle to the car for the damp drive home.

Even in the rain the gardens are still worth a visit.

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