I started my day with a dangerous run. How can running be dangerous? Easily when you live in the country and at 6:45 you meet an angry farmer as someone left his gate open and his pigs were now in the adjacent field munching on the wheat. Dangerous indeed when he asks if it was me? I denied all knowledge, especially as I did not know the big gate opened and was running to the gate in question not away, but he was clearly not convinced. He demanded I stand by why he rounded up a sow with the help of his reluctant sheep dog who clearly thought this chore was not in his job description. After about 5 minutes with the farmer swearing and muttering the whole time he begrudgingly let me go. I did not have the heart to tell him (or the braveness) that on the other side of the field were two more sows!
Unfortunately since completion it has had a leaky roof. National Trust are in the process of doing a huge renovation on it, so really not much to see when you go inside. I have to say NT have done a great job to ensure you have the best visit possible amidst the building. The walls are decorated with huge copies of letters documenting the building from the laying of its foundations in 1912, through the war years to completion. We will go back in 5 years when it is done!
The gardens were lovely
and no garden would be complete without a Robin, but this poor little fellow was far from complete, I wonder what happened to his tail?!
Usual service with the views over the Teign Valley