Mixing with the Mitfords at Alconleigh
|Asthall Manor 'Alconleigh' from the churchyard|
|My own ensuite, complete with antique weighing scales|
The gardens are legendary - about six acres of land running down to a water meadow, with mixed formal parterres and wild planting that spills over onto the paths. There are wild flower meadows and woodland.
|Poppies, cornflowers and daisies - oh, and a few sculptures!|
On Saturday 18th June, poet TamarYoseloff is going to be doing a poetry workshop in the gardens, called 'Sculpting the Line', at 14.00 in the afternoon.
We were given one of the Mitford bedrooms, the Blue Room, with big bay windows, surrounded by climbing roses overlooking the church. It was very special for me - I loved Nancy's novels and have always been fascinated by the different, and rather tragic, lives of the sisters.
There was poetry beside my bed and in the wonderful antique bathroom next door. Add in the most delicious vegetarian food and the kindness of strangers and it was a weekend to remember.
|Skinny dipping in the lily pond|
On Form - Asthall Manor, Burford.