Tea for Three

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We picked up Helen, and headed to the ever-reliable Beckworth’s for one of their Afternoon Teas! Yumminess predicted! 😁

Yumminess exceeded!

The food and service didn’t disappoint, and judging by the fact that the rest of Northamptonshire were also there, others were equally impressed!

Helen and Ann

Afterwards, we took a look round their Garden Centre and chose one of their excellent Hanging Baskets…

We dropped Helen back to hers just after 4.15 and after a quick tour round her garden, we headed for home. Perfect timing then, as the heavens opened, and the rain returned! πŸ˜’

Can we have some sunshine please? It is June after all!

Coton Manor Gardens

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Continuing our theme of looking at old things on our doorstep, I put the mirror to one-side and instead, we headed for Coton Manor and Gardens. The Manor House isn’t open to the public, but the Gardens are open Tuesday to Saturday.

The Manor House
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Based on the number of cars in the car-park, it was clearly a popular destination! We took the short walk to the entrance and after parting with Β£7.50 each and receiving our free map, we headed for the main event – the Gardens!

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First impressions were great ones! So much colour and so much variety too!

This is clearly a loved Garden! Every blade of grass looked like it had been manicured within a millimetre of its life!

…and if that wasn’t enough of an assault on the senses (in a good way!), there were also… Flamingos! (Yes, really!)

The minimum number for a ‘Flamboyance’ of Flamingos! 😊

Three of them in total, totally at ease surrounded by us humans, all trying to grab a photograph!

Our final stop was their outdoor Garden Shop. The area sported a large range of healthy-looking plants and where the size of some of the greenery was a clear indication of the TLC from the gardening team!

All-in-all then, a very worthwhile visit! πŸ‘