As you may know from recent earlier posts, my family and I have been through a very challenging few weeks, so yesterday I decided it would be a good idea to go out walking in the Autumn sunshine and share a few hours of family fun.
The ancient parklands surrounding Knole House in Sevenoaks are spectacular at this time of year and as October is also mating season for the deer, the park stags were in fine fettle when we visited yesterday!
A stag mewing for his mate
Pretty fallow deer
We had a lovely time watching the deer and my kids, big as they now are, were thrilled when the deer approached them to share nuts foraged from under the trees.
Fay befriends a deer
Little deer, big son!
Fallow deer taking a Sunday afternoon nap
Last year the Clock Tower on top of the mansion house was hidden behind scaffolding and green netting, so I was delighted to see it has now been fully restored and looks like something you'd find perched atop a fairy castle ... such a pretty clock!
The restored Clock Tower
For me, the most special thing about yesterday wasn't the spectacular scenery though, it was the opportunity to see my family laughing happily together again after so much heartache.
Fay strolling with Auntie Fo
Anthony with his Hannah
Knole Park is a beautiful place and our visit gave a real lift to my spirits. Dad would have said, 'life is for the living PJ' and that was crystal clear to me yesterday. Although I continue to feel a deep sadness that he can't be with us now, I know he would have loved these pics and would have been happy we are all able to enjoy life without him.
If you would like to visit Knole Park, please see the website below for further details ... it's well worth the trip!