At Box Hill: In My Yellow Coat and Pale Pink Brogues

A few weeks ago, we realised that we had awakened to a very special day!  It was one of those rare days when there were no kids activities to attend, family commitments to keep and no major sporting events to watch.  Realising that we had chanced upon that monumentally rare species of  ‘we have nothing planned’ day, which is nearing extinction in the modern families’ existence, we decided to seize the opportunity!

My husband remembered going to a beautiful National Trust area called Box Hill when we was a young boy and he had always wanted to go back.  We decided that today was as good a day as any and set off on our adventure. Box Hill  is a summit of the North downs located in Surrey and is approximately 30 km (19 mi) south-west of London. The drive to Box Hill displays the best of leafy Surrey and it is easy to understand why Box Hill falls within the ‘Surrey Hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’. Box Hill offers breathtaking views of the countryside and is a great place to set off for walks and treks to explore the Surrey Hills. Approximately, 850,000 people visit Box Hill each year and it is well equipped with plenty of car parking space, a great cafeteria and a gift shop.

The scenic vistas were out of this world and after we walked up and down the big hill, we rewarded ourselves with a lovely lunch at the cafeteria. The coffee was freshly brewed and fabulous, as was my bacon bap and cake.  Reenergised, we briefly walked around the general area and explored the surrounding countryside.

I had decided to wear my new pastel printed bardot top with my yellow coat for some Easter cheer, accompanied by my pink platform brogues to walk around in. Much to my dismay, I was not appropriately dressed for the destination at all.  Given the lovely walks and treks on offer all around, it would have been ideal to have been wearing solid walking gear with a good pair of sneakers or walking boots.  I still managed to walk around but I did feel a bit foolish, till I saw a lady traipsing around the cafeteria in high heels. Shamefully, I must admit that seeing her made me feel better as it’s always reassuring to observe that you are not the only misinformed creature around. As I told my husband; the downside of spontaneity is the lack of preparation and the abundance of humiliation.

Box hill was a gorgeous place and I am looking forward to going back, appropriately dressed this time, for some great walks. It is also a fabulous place to go for a good old-fashioned picnic with young and old.  If you are looking for somewhere to go with friends and family this coming long weekend – I would highly recommend Box Hill!

I hope you enjoy the pictures and thank you for so much visiting my blog.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/box-hill

(Clothes and Accessories: Coat – Mango, Top – Zara, Shoes – Dune (similar – Karen Millen), Sunglasses – Chanel, Bag – Luana Italy)

NOT TO BE MISSED

On a different note, if you are in London and are looking for an amazing couture outfit or exquisite jewellery this season, then this showcase by Shivani Ahluwalia should be at the top of your list:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Osterley Park: A Great Day Out With Cake Involved!

These pictures were taken at Osterley Park; a National Trust property in West London. I have been to Osterley Park numerous times but the grandeur of Osterley House never fails to amaze me.  The original house was built in the 1570s for banker Sir Thomas Gresham and 200 years came under the ownership of Sir Francis Child, the owner of Child’s Bank. The house eventually passed to his grand daughter who married the Earl of Jersey and the Osterley estate passed into the Jersey family. The 9th Earl of Jersey opened Osterley House to the public in 1939 and the National Trust took charge of the house and gardens in 1991. It is a beautiful place and a great day out for the entire family with lots of space for the kids to run, ride their bikes and kick a ball around.  An audio tour of the house is available, and is a fascinating peek into how the wealthy lived in the years past.  My children loved the various rooms and the enormous kitchen that have been preserved immaculately and it proved to be a fabulous living history lesson for them! An interesting piece of trivia for the Bollywood buff is that a song from the Hindi movie ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ was shot in front of the house.The best part – it has a fabulous tea house located in the original stables that serves a variety of lovely treats.  Nothing will get me faster to a location than the offer of tea and cake!  I would highly recommend visiting Osterley Park if you are looking for a fun day out with the family or just happen to be in the area. Unfortunately, it was an overcast day and I hope to go back in the following months for some better pictures.

On a different note, I love my black and white ‘penguin shoes’ and this newspaper print tote bag always brings a smile to my face! Thanks for reading.

(Clothes and Accessories: Trench Coat – Marks and Spencer, Hand Bag – Kate Spade, Jeans – Zara, Shoes – Karen Millen, Top – Marks and Spencer)