In January I was inspired by Makelight to choose a word to guide me through the year, instead of or as well as New Year’s Resolutions.
My word for 2017 is Explore.
To me, Explore means meeting new people, learning new things and visiting new places. I find exploring in this way really opens the mind, allows creativity to blossom and creates a great work life balance.
Today, I’m talking about my visit to Canons Ashby.
However many times I visit Canons Ashby there always seems to be something new to discover.
The beautiful Elizabethan manor house was built on the site of a medieval priory by the Dryden family. It overlooks the gardens which are of historic interest because of the layout.
The pathways through the formal gardens lead to the vegetable gardens and a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside.
The gardens have a relaxed feel and there’s lots of interest for children.
I love the cute potting shed where you can purchase vegetables produced in the gardens.
How amazing are these sunflowers?
There’s lots to see in the manor house including the huge kitchen.
The more formal living areas are always decorated with fresh flowers.
Traditional crafts of the region are on display throughout the house, including Northamptonshire lace making below.
The tea rooms are as sweet as the rest of the visit with seating indoors or outdoors. The Ember Day Tart is highly recommended by me!
And finally … home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it’s inspired you! There are so many wonderful places to see — whether it’s something local or far away. There is so much to learn and so many new people to meet.
Stay safe and cosy until the next time.