Godolphin was looking gorgeous for those of us who spent an afternoon there on the 6th of May. Nothing is more beautiful than sheets of bluebells spread under the translucent young leaves of ancient beech trees. We gazed in wonder.
Simon was on hand to help us get the best out of our cameras and we wandered through the woods and the gardens snapping happily. The Kings Garden was looking especially delightful and we all seemed to take photos of the ancient wisteria clambering photogenically through the ruined windows of the great hall. The heavenly magnolia, in full flower, spread its branches over the corner of the garden and we admired the new and especially woven straw bee skeps which are set in the wall embrasures.
But the best was yet to come. A fascinating guided tour of the house let us admire the beautifully restored interior. Old and new came together as we listened to the history of the building and at the same time saw how subtle modern conveniences and fantastic bathrooms have been installed.
The afternoon was rounded off by a delicious high tea around the huge dining table which gave us a feel of what it must have been like to live at Godolphin and what it must be like to stay there.
All in all, a great success. Thank you Joy for organising it and Simon, as ever, for all the camera tips.