A spot of Arts and Crafts

Feeling far perkier this morning. A perfect English August Bank holiday. Warm sun a blue skies over the green Sussex countryside that Lorraine drove us through on the way to Standen House and Gardens.

This is a national trust property called The Arts and Crafts family home. It was the last one built by Philip Webb and William Morris's firm of designers. It is the last in a line that starts with the Red House in Bexleyheath that Bob used to look after, and I stayed at one fateful night many years ago. A beautiful property with breathtaking grounds, that is well worth revisiting. Made us both wish we were busy and had us indulging in fantasies of decorating a new place. The gardens extensive and mysterious. Kept imagining privileged Victorian children wandering about in the grounds having E. Nesbit style adventures.  The house lovely, but a bit airless. Full of lovely objects, and art prints, particularly Japanese ones, and Morris & Co. textiles and wall hangings.

A gorgeous place, well worth a visit. Then a cup of tea, and straight-from-the-oven scones in the converted barn of a cafe before a last mooch about in the gardens watching children rolling down the hill.

After returning home, it was soon time to visit Dawn who had cooked supper for us. A lovely evening, and Lorraine had taken over some summer pudding, which was delicious too. Dawn is going to make a wedding cake for us, as her present which is very kind of her. Lots of chatting and left her place late with the stars looking down on us from the clear sky.

Below some snaps in an around Standen House.