Our full first day at Sissinghurst

After a very good night’s sleep, woke up to bright sunshine around 6:00 am. Nothing ahead of us for the day except for friends arriving from London for the day. By the time they arrived around 11:00, it was starting to spit rain. So we sat under a market umbrella outside the restaurant and had tea. Then a wander through the woods followed by lunch at the Milk House pub nearby in the tiny blip in the road known as Sissinghurst Village.

The start of my 6:00 am wander through the garden. From the orchard looking back at Vita’s tower.
I love things growing where they aren’t supposed to.
Now it’s 7ish, John’s up.
Heading into the cutting garden.
These allium were almost as tall as I am.
Years of floral serendipity.
The big wooden entrance doors, with us on the right side of them.
With that blue sky, surely it won’t rain today…
Back at the house around 8:00 for a tea and crumpet–which we are about to take out to the boathouse pavilion to eat.
Coming out the living room door into the White Garden.
The White Garden
A rather lopsided view of our breakfast spot.
Flowers in the restaurant where we had our late morning tea with Ros, Layla, and Kaseki.
Me being interesting on our walk with Ros and Layla (and Kaseki down there somewhere).
Ros and Kaseki at lunch.
White Garden
A quick peek at Vita and Harold’s library. Much more on this in the coming days.
Perfect evening in the orchard.
I can never get enough of views like this.
I was a bit of an indoors kid and I would have hated this setting. Now I find it sublime. I like it better than the gardens themselves.
End of the day stroll with Iris Murdoch in my back pocket.

6 thoughts on “Our full first day at Sissinghurst

  1. Joan Kyler June 30, 2019 / 9:46 am

    Absolutely gorgeous, Thomas! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.


  2. TravellinPenguin June 30, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    This place is simply stunning and that library!!! Also I loved your friend’s dog. Cute beyond words. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Sarah Faragher July 1, 2019 / 1:20 pm

    That library, omg… I love that the books are all still right there, not sold and gone, that makes me so happy! Looking forward to seeing close up photos of some of those shelves (besides the one you posted elsewhere), and hearing your thoughts on the books themselves, if you are so inclined.


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