One thing I promised myself I’d do this year is to see more of the country I live in.
Sometimes I feel like a 70 year old trapped in a 24 year olds body, because believe it or not I actually enjoy country walks and over the top English stately homes.
Maybe it’s the country bumpkin in me talking (I live in Buckinghamshire surrounded by fields and stuff), and nothing beats driving out on a Sunday to the middle of nowhere armed with a pair of wellies and your neighbours dog.
In this case though the car was swapped with the overground and dog replaced by my boyfriend (who probably didn’t want to be there).
Chiswick House is one of those places I’ve been meaning to visit for ages, and being only a twenty minute walk from work I’m surprised it took me this long.
Built in 1729 by the Earl of Burlington, Chiswick House is one of the classically over the top Neo-Palladian homes originally owned by ridiculous people with way too much money. I am however incredibly grateful it exists, because that symmetry is pretty wonderful and it is one of the most enjoyable places to take photos.
It’s also really popular with dog walkers, so if like me you don’t own a puppy you can just pop along and fawn over other peoples’ instead. If that doesn’t make you want to go then nothing will…