An afternoon in Stourhead and Shaftesbury

It’s definitely warming up in the UK, with temperatures hot enough that I no longer need to “double jumper”. We woke up to fog, but the promise of sunshine later in the day, so decided to make the hour trip to Stourhead for a wander around the gardens.

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Maybe it’s just my ignorance but I feel like I haven’t seen “proper” flowers in months. Let alone bees!

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Still plenty of signs of winter to be found, if you’re looking…

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The gardens are beautifully designed around a huge lake – it doesn’t seem to matter where you’re standing, the views are gorgeous.

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Stone temples and structures are dotted around the lake, inspired by Roman architecture…

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…with plenty of ducks, geese, swans and moorhens to keep the bread throwing families entertained.

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After a couple of hours strolling around the lake we found ourselves back at the start, and made our way towards ice cream.

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First cones of the year – cheers!

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On our way to Stourhead we drove through Shaftesbury, so we took a quick detour on the way back to visit Gold Hill. Another “Instagram made me do it” location, but Instagram hasn’t steered me wrong yet!

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I was not disappointed with Hovis Hill…

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Ok, I’d paint my dream house grey like the hotels on the Llandudno promenade, but I’d definitely have a pink door…

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I didn’t realise that there were more views to be seen in Shaftesbury – but we followed a little path off the high street to find gorgeous views to the south.

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A perfect afternoon, and I ticked a couple of places to see off my wishlist. Loving these longer days!

Anna xx

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