15 February 2011

surrey hills and surroundings

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last saturday, after the car boot, we went on a little wander...this time around what people call the Surrey Hills. First off was Dorking. We were disappointed with what were described as Antique shops, were actually selling a lot of new stuff or Chippendale, ...yawn. So we had lunch and went on our merry way.

Next we went to a tiny village called Ockley. There was a large green in the middle {with a very muddy game of footie going on} two pubs, a post office that was also a bakers, a hairdressers and a school.
we went wandering about and got all soggy.

a short drive away was Leith Hill, which was absolutely beautiful and felt more like being in a cosy carpeted living room than a woods...

a nice place to pitch a tent me thinks {not on the nelly of Nation Trust i presume}

we then drove though tiny villages that consist of just one house and a church, through tunnelled roads. We suddenly realised that we had not had our usual cup of tea and slice 'o cake. But, at 3.55pm not a whiff to be sniffed. EVERYthing was shut. Oh dear, but hang on, Polesden Lacey, that sounds like the kind of place one could get a cup of tea in an emergency situation.

the cafe was closing at 4pm but at when we arrived at 4.20pm they looked at our poor blue faces and red noses, and kindly gave us take away tea and slice 'o cake and we sat outside Polesden Lacey house and admired the extroadinary view.

so with car boot full of goodies and bellies full of baddies, we made the long trip back to Peckhamshire!

21 comments:

carly said...

These pictures are soo beautiful, they look majestic and almost like paintings. I thought for sure that first picture was of some type of doll house or something, everything looks a littles surreal.

HiLLjO said...

What a lovely little outing! It's always fun to explore a new place. Love the photos you made there.

ouestladiscotheque said...

Lovely photos! But this makes me feel a little bit home sick, being form that area, may have to make a little trip home next week!
- darwin xx

Freya Marshall said...

weirdly I think I had the smae weekend as you! The village with the big green had some beautiful houses. We went on a trip to Arundel...I would recommend it :)

Lucille said...

Isn't it absurd? So often we turn up at a tea shop at just after 4pm to be greeted with grumpy 'We're nearly closed' faces and a dried up slice of cake. We only just got in under the wire at Petersham Nurseries last week at 4.15 and there were many disappointed people being turned away.

curious constellation said...

So happy you got your tea & cake. What a disaster it would have been if you weren't able to get some.

madeleine said...

All looks a bit Midsomer Murders too...doesn't it?

Christine said...

Looks absolutely lovely!

Holly Springett said...

Such beautiful photos - that forest does look like it's been carpeted!

amy w - over and under said...

These make me miss home - and england in general - so much! That last picture is so reminiscent of Winter to me, with skeleton branches and a high, cold blue sky. I love those days. I can't wait to visit my parents in August

hannah, heart city said...

how lovely! living in a dirty city makes me miss nature

slowdownapproaching30 said...

Ahhhh I love this area of Surrey... my boyfriends parents live near Polesden Lacey and I love escaping to their house for weekends out of smelly south london! Have you noticed the days are getting longer... so nice to get some extra daylight!

Emma said...

Gosh England is just so beautiful, I would love to live somewhere like that (tropical gets old after a while).

Clare said...

Ah I grew up in Surrey! I used to love Polesden Lacey, I'm glad they weren't stuffy and nationaly trusty about the tea and cake...

Victoria said...

It all looks beautiful. What a lovely day. Looking forward to seeing what was in the boot! x

Sally said...

Those photos are BEAUTIFUL!

Julie-Inspired said...

What a lovely day...and I love how teeny tiny your photos look.

amy w - over and under said...

Artemis, one of your rings is featured on Green Wedding Shoes here: http://greenweddingshoes.com/friday-favors-a-street-art-proposal-video/

I was so happy to see it :)

Laura Pilar said...

just so lovely

kotukuatokarito said...

oooh your gorgeous photos bring back so many memories artimis:)
I worked for a year in a little girls school just down the lane from Polesden Lacey and use to escape for a wander when i was missing home.
Take care and enjoy your adventures out and about.
today is such a sad dark day in Nz it was lovely to escape to your beautiful world for a moment!
Arohanui
Ed x

Natalie said...

Exactly the same thing happened to us at Polesden Lacey (except they didn't offer a takeaway...). I really don't understand why a tea room would shut at 4pm just as everyone is starting to fancy a cup of tea. As a National Trust member it actually makes me quite cross and think I should write and complain. But then, perhaps I'm just a bit too tea obsessed...

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