Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
174Trip End Apr 10, 2011
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The weather turned out to be against us though and we had to battle through lots of peppery rain and drizzle. Yes, we're back in England.
After another celebratory lunch, we hiked up the hill to a labyrinth, which had been carved out of a vast rhododendron forest
The house was so crowded with tourists we had to be very patient so see each room. William Armstrong, was a man after our own hearts, an intense lover of nature (particularly dogs) and a fineness for appreciating art and natural beauty.
The outstanding gardens and the house’s quirky architecture was second best to the colossal marble fireplace feature in the living area. We had not seen anything so spectacular since Biltmore castle, and we were astounded.
Upon leaving we journeyed further south, passing by the 'Little Chef’ for delicious meal and a stint of free wifi to check facebook with all the B’day wishes. Jena had the man put "happy birthday" on Joel’s brownie plate secretly while he was in the bathroom.
Joel had a wonderful birthday made possible by Jena who took such amazing care of him. King for a day!