Last weekend, we decided to take a trip to the David Austin roses plant centre, in Albrighton. I’ve recently bought a couple for Project Garden, as they are my favourite plants, so I was keen to roam the gardens and see which other ones I liked the most, and I knew that Boo would love running up and down the pathways, and in amongst the dazzling array of beautiful flowers. We’d also received our digital camera for Boo to get involved in the Kids Capture the Colour competition, and I couldn’t think of a prettier place to go and get her photography journey started.
It was lovely to spend the afternoon in such beautiful surroundings, while further encouraging Boo’s interest in gardening and the nature all around her. There were lots of different gardens for us to explore, filled to the brim with more rose varieties than I could ever have imagined existed! Most were entered through archways, and though they had row upon row of flowers that we could easily see over, to Boo, they were at just the right height to form magical fragrant mazes. Little Man enjoyed looking on from his pushchair, watching his sister crazily careering around, camera firmly strapped to her wrist! I took these photos, by the way, as Boo is saving all of her masterpieces for the competition blog post. She was determined to get a wildlife photo, which meant terrorising some poor peacocks, so you can spot that moment in there…!
It was all as gorgeous as I’d hoped it would be, and the photos are all well and good, but I really wish I could convey to you the scents we were assailed with, too, as we wandered. A fabulous place, and I impressed myself by coming away without buying any more roses…though I may have made a small list while I was there of the ones that I liked the most…just in case I need a few more…
Now, it all seems so perfect, doesn’t it? Great time had by all and all that? Nearly. On the way home (a quick jaunt back down the motorway – 40 minutes home tops), they closed the M6, with us sat on it. So, two and a half hours later, we finally got home. Boo was pretty good, to be fair, but Little Man was not as happy. Lots of crying while there’s nothing you can do about it (and that was just the husband and I!). Oh well, we’re home safely now, and we ‘needed’ fish and chips on the way home as we were running late 😉