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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Suffolk and Constable Country - Day 4

Well today has been pretty uneventful which is good for me because it means no problems! Another late start this morning before our excursion to the world renowned Beth Chatto Garden just outside of Colchester. Mrs nipples was suitably attired and everyone was especially looking forward to this visit.

Upon our arrival, the head gardener came on board the coach and welcomed us and gave a short   introduction to the garden. The Beth Chatto Gardens began in 1960. From an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, it has been transformed into an informal garden harmonising with the surrounding countryside.

 The gardens are an inspiration to anyone who visits them - the art of planting at its best. I have no idea about gardening so I couldn't argue either way but it is definitely a very beautiful, peaceful place. Beth Chatto was awarded an OBE for her services to horticulture and is described as the most influential British gardener of the last half century.

We had gorgeous weather today, 28 degrees, and everyone really enjoyed taking their time around the garden. There were several dragon flies around the lakes and I stood patiently with my camera for what seemed like hours, waiting for one to just settle or pause so I could get a shot. The only ones which settled were the two having sex. So I have dragon fly porn!

This was our only visit today and with the heat, everyone appreciated a relaxing day and an early return to the hotel mid afternoon where I still had some work to do.

After a cool shower it was time for dinner and we enjoyed yet another lovely meal with no major dress sense disasters! The conversation, however, was as dull as dull can be. It's not very often I say it but I would rather have sat with my lovely passengers than sat and listened to the boring monotonous talk of golf, golf clothes, golf clubs, golf equipment, golf blah blah blah. SHUT UP! I switched off and watched the handsome waiters at work instead!

So now I've escaped and I'm enjoying some me time. I've used the pool and the jacuzzi and I'm feeling rather chilled and relaxed and I know I will have a good nights sleep. Goodnight x