Sunday, 6 September 2015

Unwinding at Uppark

National Trust Uppark
There's no denying I'm a huge fan of National Trust places.  I grew up visiting some of the magnificent houses and gardens on weekends with my family; I have such lovely memories of us all spread out across tartan picnic blankets eating scotch eggs and drinking from Ribena cartons!  I'd imagine those days have a lot to do with my fondness for National Trust places now as an adult, although I find it hard to believe anyone would struggle to see the beauty in their various immaculately-kept destinations across the UK...

National Trust Uppark
National Trust UpparkHaving been a member of The National Trust for my entire life, it's always a relief to know these beautiful escapes exist and do so no matter where I find myself on the map.  They consistently guarantee beautiful views, immaculately-kept gardens, delicious food and on many occasions, historic houses bursting with spectacular interior design.  I've visited Uppark a couple of times now, however on this occasion I visited with a friend late in the day on our way back from elsewhere.  Unfortunately, we didn't have time to explore the house, however there was no sense of loss thanks to the incredible gardens on offer.  What I love most about Uppark is that nothing is done 'half-heartedly', in fact rather the opposite - it's an oasis of peaceful beauty.
National Trust Uppark
National Trust Uppark
National Trust UpparkAfter indulging in two slices of cake each (I know, I know..), we began wandering through the grounds and admiring the view from each new turn.  Seriously, three cheers for grass and the severe lack of gravel, as I was wearing heeled boots this day and wasn't at all in the mood for breaking either of my ankles!


Top - H&M


Boots - Heavenly Feet Affi Boots (anti-fatigue footwear)

Bag - Zara Mock Croc Messenger Bag

     
National Trust Uppark

National Trust Uppark
National Trust UpparkAs the sun began to go down, I had one of those moments where you appreciate how fortunate you are.  Fortunate for having such places on offer to visit and for even being able to unwind.  There are so many people in the world who don't even have the opportunity to relax (just turn on the news!), let alone pick and choose where they decide to relax on that given day.  Uppark really is like a beautiful bubble that encourages you to take a seat at one of it's many seating areas scattered across the gardens, relax your shoulders, close your eyes and simply be thankful.
National Trust Uppark
National Trust Uppark
National Trust UpparkSpeaking of being grateful, the above image shows remnants of the fire of 1989 at Uppark (see here for images).  Thankfully, nobody was harmed, however the historic damage was incredible and it took many years for the building to be restored to it's former glory.  There is a converted stable in the grounds of Uppark which still houses some of those fire-damanged pieces and for some reason this is one of my favourite aspects at the Petersfield-based National Trust destination.  It's like seeing the history of history itself which makes me all the happier to know Uppark is standing tall once more and available to be seen by people like you and me!
National Trust Uppark
National Trust Uppark
National Trust UpparkIf you feel as though you're in great need of somewhere peaceful to help you unwind (and that also provides tasty slabs of cake), the 18th-century house is open from 11 until 4.30 and the grounds and café stay open a little longer.  You can check out the admission prices here or alternatively, become a National Trust member and join me for a garden-stroll sometime!

Uppark House & Gardens
South Harting,
Petersfield,
West Sussex, 
GU31 5QR

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Gorgeous photos!! Looks lovely!

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  2. What a great set of cool pictures! :)

    Love the jeans and boots outfit! Those boots are really gorgeous! :)

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  3. love all of the nature in your pics!! Great pictures!

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    1. Such a calm and peaceful place, Gabrielle. Reminds me of the 10 Gardens of Compton Acres in Poole which I've visted as a teenager. No wonder you enjoyed it to the fullest. I'm sure it would be wonderful to celebrate a wedding there. Lovely landscape!

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    2. @Paulina - Thanks lovely, you can never get too close to nature!

      @Ira - It really is a beautifully tranquil place to wander around. Oh wow, I actually blogged about a visit to Compton Acres a couple of months ago haha - check out my archive! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  4. Looks amazing! I love wandering through gardens like that! & don't worry, I so would have eaten 2 slices of cake as well haha :)

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    1. You and me both, it can be ever so relaxing. Haha it's nice to know I get the 'thumbs up' from you on the cake front ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Wow, really like the building and the inside.
    Great post love it

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    1. It's a beautiful building, I wish I'd had time to explore inside on this occasion!

      Gabrielle x

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  6. beautiful space, love all the greenery
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  7. wow great pics

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  8. Wow! It looks so beautiful there <3

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  9. nice..
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  10. Amazing place!
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  11. This place is beautiful, I love Victorian houses with amazing mature gardens!! <3
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    1. You and me both, they're the perfect combination!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Wow, it's so beautiful over there! And two slices of cake, it's normal because it always taste so good ;) Loving the beautiful photos!

    xxx

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    1. Haha absolutely.. when cake is so good, seconds are allowed ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. That place is so beautiful!

    Stay fabulous x
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  14. Anazing photos and so great location.
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  15. Such a wonderful place...I love National Trust places too, always so beautifully kept and peaceful to go to!! Marvellous, am happy you enjoyed it xx

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    1. They truly are kept in such fantastic condition, they enable you to relax knowing everything will be perfect :)

      Gabrielle x

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  16. These historic places are great to unwind. Being amongst history always takes my mind of my daily struggles.

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    1. I'm so glad you see this kind of place in the same way I do - they're so relaxing!

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Such an interesting place to visit. I love historic places, here in Bulgaria we have so many of them! Nice pictures and wonderful casual look! You are adorable!
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    1. I can imagine! Thank you so much Cvetina, hope you're well! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. Oh Uppark is gorgeous! I love the place! How clear and calm everything is! There's so much history behind the house, I wish there were places like this in the little county of mine haha <3

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    1. I really wish there were for you too, though thankfully these kind of places aren't going anywhere - they'll wait for you! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  19. Beautiful park. It looks so nice on a sunny day.
    You look very chic in your skinny jeans and knee high boots :)

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    1. We were certainly very lucky with the weather! Oh thank you Lu, I'll be living in these boots all Autumn :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. So glad you think so too!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. I am delighted you had the 2 slices of cake! It has to be done! I am so impressed that you are a member of the National Trust. These stately homes you visit are just magnificent and its great England still has them to admire for visitors. X

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    1. Haha two slices of cake can solve anything in the world, I'm sure of it ;) I really am so grateful for the National Trust and all the good work it does in preserving Britain's history!

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  23. Really beautiful photos! It's so great that you're able to see things like this whenever you'd like!

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    1. I am certainly very grateful for it, that's for sure!

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  24. Totally agree with you, this garden is oasis of beauty, it's stunning place for relax a little while drinking afternoon tea and admiring the magnificient of this garden :) What's more, I really like your outfit, Gabrielle :)

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    1. I'm so glad you see this way in the same was as I do - it's a like a bubble of 'calm' :)

      Gabrielle x

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  25. Amazing photos, looks like such a relaxing place!

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  26. Just stunningly beautiful!
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  27. Nature is just so beautiful and this park is no different. I sure won't mind visiting here. You look wonderful too, Gabrielle. :)

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more - nature is tirelessly beautiful! Oh, thank you :)

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  28. How stunning are these photos?! What beautiful scenery!

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  29. I have to admit that I hadn't heard of Uppark but it's stunniing, I'm such a fan of Georgian buildings

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    1. Oh you should absolutely visit Suze - it has the most incredible views of the surrounding countryside!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. I can see why you are a fan of places like this. it's so beautiful, and you look great. I love the boots.

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    1. Thanks ever so much Rachel, many more places like this will be featured on A Glass Of Ice!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. What a beautiful and peaceful place! I wish Italians knew how to keep their beautiful buildings and parks in better shape...

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    1. I know what you mean, though thankfully they take excellent care of your cathedrals - they're always magnificent! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. You are a doll, and these pictures are incredible!

    God bless,
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    1. Thank you Claire, you're so sweet!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. you look so beautiful and hot in your outfit! Great style!!

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  34. The gardens itself look mightily worthy of a stroll at the very least, and you've captured it beautifully. I've actually never been to Uppark. There's certainly an undeniable beauty about this place. Your H&M top is adorable by the way. x/Madison :)
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    1. I'm glad you think so Madison, it's heavenly there - especially when the sun is shining! Oh thanks, I purchased this top as a last-minute buy before going on holiday this summer :)

      Gabrielle x

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  35. How dreamy! I wish I had places like this visit where I live. The joys of living in a relatively "young" country. But like you mentioned, there are so many worse things that one could be facing right now. Stuff like this pales to the plight and suffering of others.

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    1. Australia has a huge amount to offer, though I can understand where you're coming from - nothing quite compares to history.

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  36. Gorgeous pictures!
    Have a great week!
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  37. I love the pics and your outfit! Your boots are fab :) xx

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    1. Thanks Marianne, these boots are super comfortable!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. such a peaceful and relaxing places, great shots, my dear, so inspiring...
    and you choose the perfect casual attire....
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    1. Thanks ever so much, I love taking my camera with me to beautiful gardens such as this :)

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Nothing wrong with eating a good two slices of cake, especially when you're in a setting as beautiful as that one!

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    1. Haha absolutely! Bring out the cake!

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  40. Oh what a gorgeous garden stroll! If I lived in the UK I would surely become a member (and huge fan!) of the National Trust!:-)

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    1. That's wonderful to hear Jess, it'd certainly be a wise investment!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. Yay The National Trust- this sounds totally similar to my childhood memories too! We used to love wandering around gardens and parks! These photos are super lovely, I miss how colourful the flowers are in the UK. (Everything is very rainforesty here). You look super pretty too with your perfect hair :)

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    1. How lovely; it's so nice to know your childhood was similar to mine! Ah don't feel too bad Rachel, we're all super jealous of your gorgeous weather over here haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  42. What a pretty place- and loving your boots, lady!

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    1. Thanks very much Ashley!

      Gabrielle x

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  43. What a interesting blog post my Dear !:) I really like to read your news !
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  44. wow, pretty you..all the pictures were great and the boots were just awesome
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    1. Thanks Maisha - this is undoubtedly one of my favourite places!

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  45. Lovely pictures!
    xx
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  46. It looks so incredibly beautiful - and your outfit is amazing too!
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    1. Thanks Hannah, we were lucky with the weather :)

      Gabrielle x

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  47. You make me want to travel sooo badly! These pictures are gorgeous!

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    1. Haha that's a brilliant outcome! ;)

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  48. My gosh isn't this place so magical & it looks peaceful! I can definitely see myself unwinding! I love your tee Gabrielle you look amazing as always <3

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    1. That's a lovely way of describing Uppark, Serene! Oh thank you, you're far too kind!

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  49. I'm so in love with the lush greenery, dear! You look absolutely charming in the pix! xoxo

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    1. There's nothing greater than being surrounded by nature!

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  50. I love National Trusts as well, Italy is very rich of these ancients mansions. Impressive photos!
    Amazing post :)))

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    1. Italy certainly does have a lot to offer - I've only been back from Rome for a couple of months and I already miss it!

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  51. You really find the best places ever! Your pics make me miss Europe too! I was born in Germany but grew up all over Europe before we ended up in the States! Also, I really love your hair! So pretty, dear!
    Sending you a big hug!
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    1. Thank you Vanessa, that's such a compliment! Moving all over Europe sounds thrilling and thank you for your kind words! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  52. What a lovely place and your outfit! You look like an off-duty model. Have a great day. :)

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    1. Haha that's such a sweet thing to say, thank you Kenny!

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  53. this looks so lovely :) what an amazing place :) You look so cool in your outfit , too <3
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  54. Que maximo bela postagem
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  55. I am so in love with your reflection photo Gabrielle! You have such an eye for unique angles and I always look forward to seeing how you visually capture the world!

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    1. This comment has truly made my day, thank you so much Chelsea! I'm really pleased to hear you're enjoying my blog :)

      Gabrielle x

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  56. Hi dear ! This place is amazing! Lovely look!!!
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    1. So glad you think so too Chiara!

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  57. I believe our childhood molds us into who we are today! Beautiful lush grounds! Yummy cake and a fabulous view!?! I'm all for it :D
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    1. To some extent I agree with you Kim! Haha oh yes, nothing quite compares to cake with a view ;)

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  58. amazing photos!
    these places are really beautiful :)
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  59. Dear Gabrielle, what a lovely place. I simply adore this sort of house with such a great nature and flowers sorrounding it.
    I also like your outfit. Those boots and messenger bag are lovely.
    So soft and peaceful shots.
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    1. You and me both, they can transform a day into something very special! :)

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  60. Such beautiful surroundings! What a wonderful relaxing way to spend an afternoon...cake and nature.

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    1. I'm glad you think so too Keisha as it's my favourite pastime :)

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  61. What a gorgeous place! All the flowers are so beautiful :)

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  62. So when I move to the UK, I am employing you to take me to all the gorgeous places you blog about! Hope you're doing well Gabrielle!

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    1. Anjelique, you've got yourself a deal haha! ;)

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  63. I love visiting National Trust places. I think we are indeed lucky to have so many beautiful places to visit in the UK. Xx

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    1. That's so lovely to know - perhaps we'll bump into each other at one some day?! haha :)

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  64. What a gorgeous location, we simply have to do a National Trust Tour next time we travel!

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  65. Gabrielle! You are such a beauty for sure! I've always admired your writing (and I know I have said that before haha) and I get so inspired when I read it. I absolutely love the photo of the window reflection!

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    1. You're so lovely Katherine, you've absolutely made my day.. my weekend! Thank you!

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  66. Beautiful photos! I was thinking to myself today how I need to start visiting some of these lovely places you always visit! :) xx

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    1. Thank you Nevena. Oh you really should, going by your blog, I'd suggest you'd love them too :)

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  67. What a gorg place - the gardens look divine !!. Hey, having two slices of cake each is totally acceptable ;)

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    1. Haha I'm glad to hear it as it's not the first time I've had two slices in one sitting ;)

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  68. You took amazing pictures, I almost feel envy~ I wish I was there too. ;o; lol
    Seems like you had a great time!
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    1. It'll always be there waiting for you in the future Mandy!
      Thank you :)

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  69. oh wow, Gabrielle!

    Seriously a beautiful day for a walk around such lovely place like this one. I love the fact that it is still so well maintained till today and yes, some of us are lucky enough to choose when and where we can relax *_^

    Love your boots and jeans! You look fab in them and the final visual with that green open field and a lovely English building as the backdrop do make me feel like I am watching a good English film like The Pride of Love or The King's Speech of some sort.

    Thanks for sharing your experience, looks like you had a wonderful day!

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    1. Hey Jeann! We sure were lucky with the weather, it was such a beautiful day. Yes, sometimes we just need to remind ourselves how fortunate we are :) Haha thank you, that's some lovely imagery - I'm glad you see that in this post!

      Gabrielle x

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  70. This looks so amazing! Gorgeous photos!

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  71. What can I say? This is such a beautiful place, I would love to go there in the near future! As usual, I love your pictures, they are fantastic, Gabrielle! Hope you are having a great week, lovely! xx

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    1. I hope you find yourself there at some point, Ale, I'm certain you'd love it there! Thank you so much - what a lovely compliment :)

      Gabrielle x

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