A Good Friday at Polesden Lacey

It’s hot cross bun day!! So what better thing to do then have some for breakfast, and then go out for the day as a family. Once we were all ready we drove to Polesden Lacey to have a wander about. It’s a National Trust place and we’ve not visited it for a couple of years, so it was good to go back. It was very busy, which we expected, and the first hurdle once we’d parked was to figure out the new parking machines. Now before, what you would do is, as long as you had your sticker on your car window then you didn’t have to visit the machines. Easy, simple, no hassle what so ever. Now, you have to get a ticket from the machine. It’s still free as long as you have your membership card. But oh dear lordy, lordy, it’s so fiddly. First you have to press “Any key”. Now we couldn’t see a key named “Any”, so we just pressed a key. Then you have to push the button to say you’re a visitor, then scan your card, and then finally a ticket is printed for you which you have to go and put on your dash board. What a palaver!! There are 2 machines and both had queues. Look National Trust, I love visiting your places very much, but there is a saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

We finally got in to Polesden Lacey, and off we went to explore. There were lots of kids running round doing some kind of easter egg hunt, but we wandered off, without a map, to find somewhere quiet to have out picnic lunch. Polesden Lacey is lovely. There are plenty of things to explore. On our travels we saw a beautiful rock garden with paths meandering through it. George being George had to follow the paths.


You know in a previous life I think George was a dog. The reason for this is because he has to go for a good run at least twice a day, and where ever we go he always has to find a stick. There were other things discussed but I’m not going to talk about those here.

We sat down and had our lunch and looked at the views around us, which are so beautiful and calming. After lunch we continued on our exploring venture and found the vegetable garden, all of which looks very bare because it’s the beginning of the season. I’ll have to go back  again in July/August time to see it in full growth. We found the chickens that looked very happy in their large run. It’s surrounded by an electric fence, and George wondered if he would get a shock from the fence if he touched it with his wooden stick. How that boys manages to get through a day at school without injuring himself I’ll never know. Although I do sometimes get calls from his school, which I dread. Last time, about 2 months ago, he broke his finger during a PE lesson. I dread seeing his schools name come up on my phone.

After walking round for a little bit longer, we ended our day out going to the cafe to get the kids and ice cream and Mark and I had a hot drink each. Then it was time to come home. It was lovely for Mark to be able to come with us today. Usually he’s at work and the kids and I have all the fun, so today he was able to come and enjoy it with us.


Happy Easter everyone, enjoy your hot cross buns today, and your chocolate easter eggs on Sunday, and spending this long weekend with friends and family.

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6 Responses to A Good Friday at Polesden Lacey

  1. Becky Ezra says:

    Happy Easter to you and your loved ones, may you enjoy the best of the new home and the new allotment. cant wait to see you on youtube. Bless you all.

    • I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend as well. We had a wonderful time with each other, playing games, watching films, and just generally having a wonderful long weekend together. All feel rested and relaxed now.

  2. ronald allen says:

    wow …..a rely nice photo of you guys…….

  3. NebraskaDave says:

    Claire, that looks like an amazing garden. I’ll be going to our local 100 acre public garden with a friend next weekend. It’s an amazing garden as well with man made water falls, wooded pathways, ducks, geese, birds, and all sorts of flowering plants. I’m so looking forward to being out in the Spring time nature. I hope that your moving adventure is moving along smoothly. It’s always good to enjoy nature with the family.

    Have a great Easter Weekend.

    Nebraska Dave

    • It was a great place to spend the day with the family. And especially lovely that Mark was off work and could come as well. I hope you enjoyed your trip to your local park as well. They are a wonderful oasis in amongst all tis chaos. We’ve not moved yet, still waiting for the council to sign one small piece of paper then we can set a date. They’ve had nearly 2 weeks and still nothing. Our solicitor is contacting them today. Hope you had a great Easter weekend.

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