Many of you may remember my sister Fiona ... (a few years ago she made beautiful bears under the 'Absolutely Bears' label and prior to that we worked together as 'Auntie Bears') ... anyway, as I was about to say, after many years living in the hustle and bustle of town, Fiona and her other half Simon recently moved out to the Kentish countryide to start afresh. It's a little further to visit, but still easily 'do-able' and such a lovely drive; a quick whizz along the M20 takes us to the ancient village of Hollingbourne lined with quaint cottages and the magnificent Hollingbourne Manor House, then we're out into woodland and through to hedgerows and fields.
For anyone (like me!) with an interest in such things, Wikipedia says:
"Archaeological and toponymic evidence of Wormshill's existence predates its appearance in the Domesday survey of 1086. The village contains a number of heritage-listed buildings, which include a Norman church, a public house and one of the oldest surviving post office buildings in the United Kingdom. The fields and woodland surrounding Wormshill have changed little in the past 500 years, and the village itself remains rural with a low population density compared to the national average. The population of 200 is a mixture of agricultural workers employed by local farms and professional residents who commute to nearby towns."
So as you can imagine, Wormshill really is a tiny slice of picturesque English countryside!
As usual, we received a very warm welcome from Bugsy, Fiona's bouncy German Shepherd (who I think has a crush on my daughter) before settling in the conservatory for a girly catch up over coffee and gooey lemon muffins, which I must tell you, were yummy! After a while, Bugsy looked a bit bored with the girly chit-chat and as we were stuffed full of cake, we decided to take him for a walk around the fields which surround Fo's house, or perhaps I should say he took us for a walk around the fields which surround Fo's house!
Bugs drags Fo back down the hill ...