Making full use of our National Trust Family Membership, we returned to one of my favourite places, Dyffryn Gardens, with my sister and her friend Anil in tow. It was a gorgeous afternoon and the gardens are in full bloom and resplendent with blossom.
|My Sister Sarah and I|
Obviously we had Spiderman with us, fully equipped with woolly gloves suitable for a warm end of May day!
A wedding was being held in the Pompeii Garden ( a Civil Ceremony) and the sweet sounds of harp music were drifting across the gardens. It would have been cheeky to photograph the bride but she was a vision in sweeping, sparkling lace. We looked on rather enviously at the wedding guests enjoying a glass of bubbly in the beautiful surroundings.
We then took shelter from the sun in the house itself. You can find out more about its history here
The commissioned stained glass window features Queen Elizabeth 1, fascinating to Caitlin Elizabeth and she was given her middle name in honour of the great Queen (and her paternal grandmother).
There are some fabulous marble fireplaces, some of the detail of which I have tried to capture.
Then it was off to the coffee shop for coffee and an enormous slice of Victoria Sponge (light, fluffy and with just the right amount of jam and cream) and an intensive session of supervising the kids in the play area.
Well, sometimes you just have to, don’t you?
Further information about National Trust Dyffryn Gardens can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyffryn-gardens.
This post first appeared on Mother Distracted in May 2015.