Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Braving the rain

I'm happy to announce that we have survived what the locals tell me is the wettest April England has seen in over a century... or perhaps ever, depending on who you ask.  I cannot even begin to tell you how relieved I was to hear that it wasn't normal spring weather: cold temperatures, several days of hail, superior amounts of wind, and a daily wallop of rain.  We've been feeling a bit like the beginning of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat:  "Too wet to go out. Too cold to play ball..."

Although we did a lot of staying in the house and guzzling tea to keep warm, we did manage to get out and brave the rain a few times.  One of those trips was to tour the manor and grounds of a local 12th century Tudor mansion.  It was another adventure in local geography that answered the question, "What is there to see around here?"




Exploring the "old" kitchen.
 


The kids were intrigued by the landscaping.  They decided that it made a great place to take cover from the intermittent rain.




After a strong shower passed, we had a chance to explore the grounds a bit.  It would be a great place to go walking on a sunny day.





10 comments:

  1. Looks great, even with rain :) I assure you it was the wettest and coldest April in Switzerland too and went on by two very wet and cold days in May.

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    1. Ack! I'm sorry to hear it's just as cold and wet in CH, too. I hope you get some sunny days soon!

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  2. beautiful and i love the shaped trees! It really is madness this tear with all the rain. and here in the south we are having the wettest drought ever lol!!

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    1. Pip, all the drought commentary cracks me up. I grew up in the desert where we had actual droughts, so the idea that we can have so much rain and flooding in the middle of a drought is hilarious. I hope we get some sunny days soon. Those six days we had in March were glorious!

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  3. Thinking of you! we just got back from CA. Will write soon. xo

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    1. Welcome back, Cari! :)

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  4. You get to explore such wonderful places! I love the picture of your children under the tree. It's so cute! I hope the April showers bring forth lots of May flowers. :)

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  5. What an impressive mansion, looks just a little bit chilly in the rain and probably in the winter. I hope that your weather will improve. We had almost 90 degrees the other day, quite unusual for Western New York at this time of year.

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  6. While I'm neither a history nor architecture fan, I do love those old buildings in Europe! Glad you had a chance to take a field trip despite the rain. You used your canoe, right? ;) xo

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  7. Oh my!! You guys are so lucky to get to experience such history living in EUROPE! im so jealous!

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