|It was a great pleasure for us to spend time with our fabulous church family on a weekend break|
at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex.
|The grounds are amazing; full of nostalgic signs of the past.|
I loved this doorway to an old service area for the walled garden.
|Looking back the other way through the same doorway.|
|We enjoyed spending time with old friends or getting to know others in our congregation that we knew less well. We attended excellent meetings and meal times together and also quiet times, with relaxing strolls around the extensive grounds.|
|This impressive glasshouse is being restored - a delightful plae to simply sit and relax.|
|There were many echoes of past activity. The kitchen garden would have required a large workforce in its hayday.|
|But many things have now fallen into a rather beautiful decay.|
|These Dahlias looked so 'at home' here and added to the lovely air of nostalgia.|
|"Dad, you should see the pumpkin over here; it's this big!"|
|A string of enormous onions hanging in a shed accompanied by some old cart wheels plus a few late Swallows nests.|
|Couldn't resist a watercolour doodle. |
The weather was heavy and damp but with a warm light that added to the wistful atmosphere.
|But the best thing was being able to share our faith with so many warm friends in such a supeb setting.|
|No prizes for guessing that the grounds were designed by the genius that was - Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.|