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Obligatory winter trips

As you may or may not be aware, I tend to enjoy an obligatory annual trip to Stourhead in Wiltshire. It is one of my all time favourite places to wander around at any time of year. It is equally as beautiful in the winter as it is the summer with new and familiar varieties to see and gorgeous architectural structures and buildings to admire - you are certain to notice something different with each visit. It wouldn't be a proper day out without a trip to the onsite pub, perfectly positioned by the main entrance. I always manage to sneak a parking space just outside. A nice hot chocolate with a mountain of marshmallows was met with little gloved hands. I decided to ditch the whipped cream as I had over indulged enough over Christmas. Even the hot chocolate was a little bit naughty for my post Christmas detox, although I had convinced myself that I would be embarking on a rather lengthy stroll to burn it all off.

It was a brilliant crisp winter's day. I was laden with warm clothin…

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