A weekend visit to Wiltshire… A county that is the inspiration for our garden!

We had a lovely weekend away last weekend visiting our friends Fred and Barbara who live in a little village called Holt near to Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.

We travelled down on Saturday morning and when we arrived, we enjoyed a sit, a chat and a spot of lunch in the garden before heading into Bradford on Avon. We walked along the canal to Avoncliff and had a drink at the Cross Guns pub there.  It was so nice sitting on the terrace looking out across the river.  Although the hula hoop being brandished around by the adjacent party was a little distracted – I was worried about it hitting Fred over the head!  Along the canal we came across the sweet canal boat, much to my delight.

Paul was delighted that Fred had set aside the time to watch England v.s. Scotland in the world cup qualifier. Afterwards we headed to the local pub in the village for our dinner.  The pub had a friendly, comfortable atmosphere and the food was most satisfactory.  It really hit the spot.

The next morning after breakfast, we took a little walk straight from Fred and Barbara’s front door to Great Chalfield Manor and Gardens. It was very pleasant for walking and the manor was very picturesque.  On the walk, we saw a couple of really nice flowers that took my eye – Chiosya Aztec pearl is a flowering shrub with white and yellow flowers.  Nigella Damascena which is a pretty blue cornflower type annual flower.  I just ordered an Aztec Pearl but unfortunately the pretty blue flower is an annual that grows from seeds.  I think the last time we went to see Fred and Barbara together I discovered the Alium so it seems that Wiltshire is a great inspiration for our garden.  After the walk, the BBQ was on and we feasted.  I wondered when the other people were coming!  There was pulled pork, pulled beef, pulled chicken, potatoes vegetables and very full bellies.


Fred and Barbara have a beautiful house on the village green in Holt. It is right next to the old Toll house for the village and is filled with character yet spacious and very functional.  And I love all the pictures they have around the place – especially this one!

The village has a couple of nice pubs, a shop, a garage and is just a 5 minute drive into Bradford on Avon.  The area is lovely as well with a pick of National Trust properties to visit all within easy striking distance,  lots of pretty villages and countryside.  I can see why they like it there so much.   We look forward to our next visit to see them.