A Kentish Adventure

Any trip to rural Kent is a bit of an adventure, after the comparative simplicity of the Scottish landscape, where a road tends to start at A and proceed to B by the quickest practicable route.  In Kent, lanes meander richly all over the place following ancient and complex land holdings, crossing each other at will and enclosing murderous bends, which practically reduced my daughter’s Sat Nav to technological scrap.  It may be a peculiar thing to feel, and its a new experience for me, but I empathised with that Sat Nav – because I never, as long as I lived here, knew where I was either.

It has compensations round nearly every bend in the road, in the shape of Kentish cottage gardens – still awash with daffodils and tulips, magnificent magnolias – and everywhere the blossom of  blackthorn stark against its branches.

A brief moment of sanity and lucidity was provided by our own dear Hayley,( who is just as sweet in actuality, as she is on this website every day) – who picked me up for a visit to her garden.  Although I had seen photographs of it as we all have, seeing it was very different.  I hadn’t realised how the whole site flowed together, and how very different areas led naturally from one part to the next.  It made me realise how we will all benefit from being able to post and see videos, rather than the photographs we principally use just now.  I was immensely taken by Hayley’s “wild” area, which flows down a hillside to a natural duck pond, strewn with primroses and fritillaria.  For some time afterwards, I kept imagining how it would look as dusk fell, with stands of cream spotted foxgloves shining through the gloaming.  It is a magical place full of  potential, and I look forward to seeing how Hayley deals with it in future.

Apart from being a photographer of rare talent, and intent on teaching Phillip firm and kindly discipline – Hayley is also a mean maker of Lemon Drizzle Cake (her recipe) which she has promised to  put in Recipes for us.


Towards the end of my visit with Hayley, I was finangled back outside for a photograph , which secretly I loath having taken.

Beanstew 2

You can tell from the look on my face, that I was trying hard to look normal, while trying to work out a cunning plan to sneak back into the house for more cake.  Sadly, I didn’t make it – but the memory of a perfect Drizzle lingers still…..


9 Responses

  1. Oooh glad you had a good time down south & visit to Hayley’s garden. That Lemon drizzle cake looks fab – can you let me know when its on the recipe page. May well make one and take a couple of slices to the Malvern Show Night all :bye:

  2. gertie says:

    Lovely…lucky girl, but well earned Sheila. :yes: :rose:

  3. ANDY B says:

    Oh , BS , i so want that cake .
    Looks like just the thing , my recently dumped son could use , with a nice cup of Yorkshire tea , to help him recover , from his recently acquired status of ‘ singleness’.
    If not , i could have his slice as well , and just enjoy the tranquility of my lottie , along with my faithfull canine companion , ‘ Charlie Brown’ . XXX.

  4. wjarnock says:

    I was also immensely taken by Hayleys wild areas.

  5. cilla says:

    Sounds like you had a great time Sheila and lovely to put another face to a name. I love reading your prose. Lemon drizzle, yummy, eagerly awaiting the recipe, looks just the thing for afternoon tea in the summerhouse. Would be great to see videos of people’s gardens, I must hastily learn how to use my camera video, should be hilarious!!! Hayley’s garden sounds just my cup of tea especially the wild area. :rose:

  6. Fabulous blog, Sheila and fabulous looking cake, Hayley :good: Lovely to see you BS and glad you enjoyed yourself!

  7. Hayley says:

    With your unique flair Sheila you have written so fluently about the Kent countryside, particularly the complex land holdings. During my walks I regularly follow the green/yellow public footpath signs which lead me over many acres of green, which is not always public, as somewhere along the route I meander off the path unwittingly, and find myself lost in the verdant undergrowth; but it’s a good place to wander. :yes:
    I’m pleased you enjoyed the drizzle but I can’t take the credit for your picture :whistle: and I’ll post the recipe in the hope that Beansprout may also post the delicious ‘tablet’ recipe, although I suspect this could be a closely guarded scottish secret ;-)
    Thank you for your complimentary comments and advice about my garden; the ‘wild area’ is my favorite place. Yesterday I bought some Snake’s Head Fritillary and Ox-Eye Daisy seed and will source some Candelabra Primulas seed to extend the flowering through the summer, good idea! :good:
    It was a pleasure meeting you all, I’m looking forward to your next visit when I hope you’ll have a little longer to linger :rose:

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