In all the seasonal busyness of the pre-Christmas period we took a day to step aside from the to-do lists, gift lists and general preparations to enjoy a family day out. We travelled west along the M4 towards Bristol, turning off at Junction 18 to follow the signs to Dyrham Park.
There we met our daughter. She and I stayed on to enjoy the ins and outs of the National Trust property whilst the ‘boys’ headed into Bristol to meet our youngest son and enjoy a lunch out with our Son-in-law.
Dear Daughter and I had such a special time: loitering in the tea room, chatting our way around the formal gardens, exploring the attached 13th century Church of St Peter and roaming through the house. Dyrham is mentioned in the 11th Century Domesday Book and there was a Tudor manor house on the site of the current house which was built and added to through the 17th and early 18th Centuries (including a beautiful staircase made of walnut wood transported all the way from Virginia USA!).
We walked around the formal gardens:
Then on to the Church where we found much of historical interest:
The formal gardens, originally laid out in the 1700’s, lead into a large park, home to a herd of fallow deer. On our walk back up the steep winding drive to the National Trust car park we were fortunate enough to encounter some of the deer. They grazed on the grass taking little notice of us as we huffed and puffed our way past!
The two of us made the short drive to Bristol and met up with the boys – just the five of us for an hour before it was time to part and get back to the pre-Christmas busyness. A few precious hours just ‘being’ with family. It was so refreshing to put the complications of the festive season in perspective, creating shared family memories from a very simple day out.
Linking with Lorna (who is celebrating her 5 year blogiversary) for Let’s Bee Social.