A Lockdown Day Out

Although I enjoy my daily lockdown walks, seeing the same scenery day after day gets more than a little tedious. After nearly three months I was itching to walk somewhere different. So when the rules were relaxed recently, I decided to see if there was anywhere not too far away from where I live that would fit the bill of being safe and picturesque.

Blenheim Palace

So, no, I didn’t join the crowds to visit the coast or laze on a beach – I’m not that daft.

View across the Great Lake

Instead, I made a trip to Blenheim Park and Gardens. Booking is essential, as numbers are now restricted – a sensible move in my opinion. I went online and made my reservation for the first slot of the week.

We enjoyed our picnic under this tree

So tickets printed off, masks on, and picnic lunch packed, the husband and I set off.

Water Terrace

What a great day it was too. The sun was shining, the grounds looked superb, especially the Water Terraces with their clipped hedges and sparkling fountains.

Topiary birds by the Italian Garden

The topiary birds near the Italian Garden sported far better haircuts than I’ve managed these last few months, and I discovered the Roundel, a striking fountain I’d not seen before.

The Roundel

Sadly, the lake and the Cascade were not looking their best, due to the extensive restoration works taking place.

The Rose Garden

But it was great to get out where there were no cars inflicting noise and fumes – just blue skies, magnificent trees, and open spaces.

A pond near the secret garden

Most of all… it was different. Much as I love where I live, it’s good to have a change once in a while.

A profusion of roses

I’ll let my photographs tell the story of my visit. It’s just a pity they can’t convey the heavenly perfume of the roses which are in glorious full bloom at the moment.

The geese and swans seemed happy
A red kite swooping over the Queen Pool

Have you been able to visit anywhere different from your usual lockdown haunts?