Continuing my look back at days out this year here's a couple of places that I visited back in early June on a gloriously sunny, but not too hot, day. Just right for chucking a picnic in the car and heading off for a drive.
After pootling around some pretty villages like Stockbridge, Nether Wallop and Longstock I found myself near Danebury Hill and stopped to explore. It's a fascinating place, home to an Iron Age fort for a few hundred years and with amazing views over the surrounding countryside.
The surrounding trees make it feel very sheltered and it's easy to imagine the communities that lived there feeling fairly safe. The line of the main road is still marked by ruts and sprinkled with daisies 2000 years later!
Just a couple of miles away is the Longstock Park estate with it's beautiful water garden. It wasn't open the day I visited, but the Nursery is always worth a visit. Housed in the old walled garden they have a great range of plants and a stunning 80m long herbaceous border full of planting inspiration.
There was still more foliage than flowers at that stage, but impressive anyway. The arches are smothered with clematis later in the season which must look beautiful.
I'm looking forward to some more days out, but don't enjoy the really hot weather, so hoping it cools off a bit soon.
Bye for now.