The bits of the weekend I skipped over were the trip to Harcourt Arboretum and lunch at The Swan. I thought I'd blogged about going to the arboretum last year and how we said we'd never return, only I can't find the post now. We went later on in June. We'd been told this would be a good time to see all the Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Only last year everything was early and we were disappointed and thought people must be easily impressed by the one bush in flower we saw. We also got eaten to death by horseflies. Chief started getting attacked first. So much so we had to watch where we walked as great clouds of them were following. It meant having paid to go in we spent less than an hour there and Chief got in the car covered with bloody slices from horsefly bites. Both of us said we'd not go back. So I was a bit surprised when Chief suggested we took a trip back there and maybe if the weather was different (less humid) the horseflies wouldn't be so prevalent.
Having not had high hopes of the acid loving shrubs I was pretty impressed by the sight when we first drove in and it was this area I made a bee line for with my camera.
The arboretum is also home to a few peacocks. They are quite friendly and inquisitive so it didn't take long for one to find us and decide to do a bit of showing off.
I must have taken a million pictures of the peacocks. In fact more of the trip to the Arboretum can be viewed in this set on flickr.
Chief liked the peacocks, but was disappointed not to have more opportunities to try out his new camera. These days he's not interested in pictures that don't have birds in them. (In fact any pics of me were deleted
because I do not have feathers because he didn't think they were that good.)
We had often had good opportunities to watch red kites from the car park of a restaurant/antiques centre in Tetsworth, which is a village along the old A40 towards London.
We decided to have lunch here.
They go to a lot of effort making the table look classy even when you sit in the garden and all the staff were really friendly - not the cheapest place to eat, however the last few times Chief has been down we've ended up getting a MacDonald's on our way to Otmoor so we deserved a bit of a treat. I can't show you what I had for lunch because I wolfed it down before I thought to take any pics. It was a salad with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and Chief had sausage and mash which he let me sample and it was lovely!
We didn't look around the inside which apart from being a restaurant is an antiques centre. I feel the need for a return trip!
By the time you read this tomorrow will have come and I may well be spending 45 minutes having a lie down at the dentist. Yep, big filling from my early teenage years is starting to fail and needs to be replaced.