Polesden Lacey is a very grand house in Surrey.
I don’t always go inside houses but went inside this one to see the gold room. The walls are decorated with real gold leaf and very shiny.
The ironing was done by servants with flat irons that would’ve been heated on a range. I’m not sure why the mannequin is missing her head!
At the back of the house there is a sloping lawn.
As readers may know, I like to do roly polies on grass banks.
The sundial clock was an hour behind time as sundials stay in Greenwich meantime.
This is my favourite photo from my visit.
On one of the walls in the garden there were lots of containers containing succulents incorporated into the wall.
The rhubarb was looking good in the vegetable garden.
I was keen to say hello to the chickens so hurried through the wildflowers meadow.
I could only see one very big chicken; I think the others must have been hiding.
Just along from the chicken enclosure the bees were very busy buzzing in and out of their hives.
I found a very interesting sign about how gardeners could progress from being a gardener’s boy living in a boggy to head gardener with a house. It took many years and lots of knowledge and hard work to become a head gardener.
The rose garden had nearly finished being in full bloom and many needed to be dead headed. It must take a very long time doing this at Polesden Lacey as the rose garden is huge.
A pet cemetery always makes me feel a little bit sad. It seems Mrs Greville liked terriers.
Before ordering my lunch I tried out this bicycle for size. It was slightly large!
Here I am tucking into sausages and colcanon mash, the best I have ever had. Colcannon mash is made to an Irish recipe and it was delicious.
Before going home I chose a plant for our next door neighbour as a present for looking after our rabbit.
I hope to go to Polesden Lacey again oneday for more sausage and mash, it would be great to eat it in the gold room but I don’t think that would be allowed!
For more information see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey
Horace the Alresford Bear 9/8/2021