Maundering - Verb:
I'm such a sucker for old buildings and their history, especially when they give me the chance to imagine I'm swanning around in a 1930s tea dress a-la-the Bloomsbury group with a gramophone crackling in the distance, but I think at Sissinghurst it's perfectly acceptable! We had a lovely picnic lunch under the shade of a tree and a very leisurely stroll around the house and garden, stopping every 5 minutes for a sit down out of the sun and fantasising about owning the castle and grounds. Evening swims in the lake, the constant sound of laughter and good company, and curling up next to the fire at night with one of the thousands of books from the library - sounds idyllic, doesn't it?
It was so lovely to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours (even the rain decided to hold off) and instead take the time to reflect and really look at everything around you. As much as I love being a short walk away from the centre of town I wouldn't say no to this place (please, National Trust?!) and being able to maunder to my heart's content!
Listen to: 'Maundering' - Bonnie 'Prince' Billie
Read: 'I Capture the Castle' - Dodie Smith
Eat: Caramel and Hazelnut Ice Cream