I'd had a pretty horrible week last week due to a two day heat/stress/exhaustion induced migraine thingy. By the time I finished work on Friday I was feeling pretty stressed and wobbly. Chief was parked next to my car in the car park I use for work. I knew he was coming down, but hadn't expected that surprise. We headed off to the place in the Chiltern's we know feeds the kites and you're guaranteed to get some close up shots of them swooping down to feed. I haven't gone through my pics yet so can only show you this one:
You get about 30 kites circling, before they swoop down one after an other in little groups to pick up the left over lunches and breakfasts. Chief really wanted to go back there as he'd not got any pictures since he bought a new big lens. (500mm)
The next day we went off to Blenheim Palace. We'd converted our tickets from the last visit into an annual pass so we can now go back whenever we want without having to pay entrance fees again. There is so much to see and do at Blenheim and everything seems so well organised and put together. I can see why this is a big tourist attraction and world heritage site.
Blenheim Palace - well part of it. I need to practise not having my buildings look like they are wonky or falling over!
There are several lakes you can walk around.
Me and an old bird. Chief bought me the hat because I said I wanted one to keep the sun off my head. We had to call in to a sports shop on our way as he needed trainer liners. He also bought me the lovely purple shoes, which I risked putting straight on. So comfy and no blisters at the end of the day. LOVE them! (not least because they are purple!)
There are quite a few water features. I really wanted to run through this by the end of the hot day!
Did I mention he has a big lens? The amount of looks and comments you get carrying this beast around!
On our way home Chief bought a BBQ. He'd used a disposable one the night before, but decided we really needed a proper one. He's really into BBQing.
The next morning we had a quick trip to a nature reserve I'd come across in the middle of a local housing estate. It's called the C S Lewis nature reserve because the land used to belong to C S Lewis. His house is nearby and this land would have once been part of his garden. The nature reserve is small with large ponds and such a great space for families. In fact there were several pond dipping when we arrived.
I can easily see why it's thought this area inspired Narnia. Outside the house is the most gorgeous planted flower bed.
Then it was time for Chief to make the 2.5 hour journey back home. We're going through quite a stressy time at the moment as Chief has been served with 3 months notice and no redundancy. It was the worse possible scenario out of those on the table. It was so nice to have a weekend where we relaxed and chilled and didn't think about what the future might hold.