Tuesday, 31 August 2021

T Stands for - The Family Picnic

 Hi everyone, our family finally got the chance to meet up last Saturday, well almost everyone, three still couldn't make it but I have high hopes that we can get together again in the Autumn!

We decided on Norton Priory as I had told them all about it following our visit a few weeks ago, we had also been informed that Saturdays were usually quieter than Sundays.

Some of us set out earlier so that we could walk and visit the walled garden - a short walk away from the main site. 

A fun scarecrow!

From here I followed in line up some steps and along a tunnel of plants - looking out on the gardens we walked through last time

It led to here - a sunny room - an orangery with table and chairs and lovely fruit growing...


By the time we got back to the car park youngest son and partner had arrived so - let the picnic commence!!
He likes baking and had brought us sausage rolls, 2 different kinds, and lots of traybake cakes!
My DIL had brought salads so I just stood back. I had promised some porkpies from our butcher's shop but the baker was on holiday and they didn't have any!!
The baked goodies were packed in individual boxes for each family - no digging in a communal box for the biggest!!! Youngest son is hot on Health and Safety rules. 
We had moved one of the picnic tables to be in the shade - very pleasant!
Much chatter, eating and laughter - we all enjoyed being together!
Eldest son took this I'm sure you can see at least three drinks here so I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands for Tuesday.
After this some of us we went in to the museum where we had to be quiet as there was a wedding taking place.
We saw the wedding party as we were walking in the ruins later.

It was a lovely day, enjoyed by all! 

We are going to France next week but hope to be here on Tuesday!

Thanks for looking, Have a great week, Chris


Helen said...

Looks like a beautiful day - and for the wedding party too - much nicer than here last weekend. Have a great time in France, take care but enjoy!

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Mae Travels said...

It’s great that you could get together and that you are planning to go to France. I hope that by the time you return, they will sort out the problems with immigration that have been in the news.

best… mae at

Empire of the Cat said...

How lovely that you could all get together in that beautiful place and that the weather behaved itself too. Lovely to see the fruit growing, and outside too, and the beautiful sunflowers. Happy T day Elle xx

Carola Bartz said...

It's lovely that you could get together with your family for a picnic in such a nice location. Happy T day!

Linda Kunsman said...

a glorious day, a glorious gathering of family, a glorious place to enjoy!! Thanks for sharing- gorgeous photos of the gardens and building where the wedding took place.
And you're finally getting back to France- oh joy, vous avez de la chance! Bon voyage, and happy T day!

My name is Erika. said...

How exciting to get together with most of your family. It looks like, and had to be, a wonderful day. And the gardens to boost also. You can't go wrong. Thanks for sharing this happy post with us for T. It was so fun to read. Hope it was a fabulous T day. Hugs-Erika

Kate Yetter said...

What a fun outing with your family!
Enjoy your trip to France! I can't wait to see all the pictures.
Happy Tea Day,

nwilliams6 said...

Chris, looks and sounds like a fabulous picnic and time together! Lucky you. A beautiful place and so glad to see pictures of your family. So jealous you are going to France next week - how wonderful! Happy T-day. Stay safe. Hugz

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a great trip you and your family had to Norton Priory. It all looks like so much fun. I laughed at the scarecrow which I thought was a human at first.

Wonderful look at the citrus trees and fruit, and the beautiful flowers, too.

LOVE how your son boxed everything individually. Smart of him indeed. Thanks for sharing your trip to Norton Priory and all the food and drinks you shared at the picnic and with us for T this Tuesday, dear Chris.

CJ Kennedy said...

Looks like a fabulous place to meet up with family. The scarecrow made me do a double take. How fun! Looks like you all had a wonderful time and lots of good eats. Happy T Day

Sharon Madson said...

what a beautiful setting for a family gathering. I am happy for you that you were able to have the get together. Oh, and I saw the sunflowers. Happy T Day!

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous picnic! Happy T day, hugs, Valerie

Lisca said...

How wonderful that you have been able to get the whole family together. Our kids met over the bank holiday weekend too, and we should have been there with them, but we cancelled the ferry as I still don't feel comfortable traveling that far.
The park is love ly and I'm so glad the weather was good (It usually rains on Bank Holiday)
Happy belated T-Day,

Aimeslee Winans said...

So happy you got to have a family outing, it looked like fun! Have a great time in France! xoxo

Spyder said...

What a great day! And especialy to have the family there to share! Have a great trip out to France next week ! Happy late T for Tuesday on a Thursday!