It was our anniversary and Ahmad was deep in maths paper marking with an approaching deadline. We decided to have a day out. He proposed: no-nonsense open purse shopping...a new ring...to go wherever I wanted. My choice.
I just wanted to go somewhere outdoors, somewhere green and quiet that we didn't have to drive a million miles to get to, and maybe come home with a basketfull of plants.Thankfully just 4.3 miles away an 8 minute drive will take you to Hergest Croft Gardens. A little wonderland with azalea gardens and magicical handkerchief and monkey puzzle trees. There are little paths and gates that lead to a walled kitchen garden crowned with artichoke thistle heads standing proud like fat green pineapples, woodlands peppered with pinecone treasure and a cute wooden house...It might be fun to stay there one night and wake on a chilly forest morning to the sound of woodpeckers chiselling dimples in the friendly trees, a smoky fire burning in the fat outdoor stove, our hands warming on hot mugs of coffee...Don't you think so too...?