I dont know where to start with this write up of my long weekend away. So lets start at the beginning and show the photos as we go.
Thursday we set of to birchington which isnt very far away. We were at Quex House Birchington http://www.quexpark.co.uk/
The camping field was very large as it was a holiday rally where anyon can call in and join the fun for 2 weeks or one day.
It was great meeting up with friends and visitors.
We sat out and talked on Thursday but then moved forward to be with nearer to Brian the Chairman who loves to fiddle and men anything that has gone wrong.
Friday he knocked at 9am (thank goodness I had got up early. We had a window that when we opened it it dropped. Gradually he was able to push it back into a groove and then it popped back into the groove. Great we have a window that works again.
We sat in the sun as more people arrived for the weekend and some to stay longer.
We went to the barn and shopped, wonderful; organic carrots potatoes and the best Cumberland Sausages we have tasted in a long while.
At Quex Barn we have a butchery, a deli, a wet fish stall, coffee shop and restaurant. We are passionate about local produce and are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most productive and fertile land in the British Isles. This provides us with a fantastic range of local fruit, vegetables, livestock and being within two miles from the sea, fresh fish. Quex Barn is situated at the entrance of Quex Park Estate in Birchington on the Isle of Thanet
Kent’s Local Food Retailer of the Year
A big thank you to our customers who have voted us Kents local food retailer of the year 2013. Taste of Kent awards
We are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for Kents local food retailer of the year again this year!
They well deserve the award.
Friday evening we all sat and chatted until the midges came out but not before Mike sang to us again. Its so nice to be in a field on a summers night and listen to the guitar being strummed away.
Off to bed happy.
Saturday dawned and we gathered for a coffee and a chat. Then Ray and I went for a walk around the grounds. A craft area and a upholstery man where a couple had come to have their Motor home priced up for a new looking Motorhome when recovered.
A childrens area with plenty to keep them occupied.
We were determined to walk around the gardens and house.
The house didnt open until 1am so we went around the small but pretty gardens.
Called at the cafe and had a good lunch with Ray eating the biggest bacon sandwich we have ever seen.
He did eat every bit baring the crusts.
We than walked around the house that was such a treat. I didnt like the stuffed animals as so many had died to be used but I understand why he thought it was a good ide to show children who have never seen a wild animal.
The natural history museum at Quex Park in Kent had its origins in a pavilion built in the garden in 1896 to house the growing collection of natural history museum items gathered by the young Percy Powell-Cotton on a series of amazing trips to the wildest areas of northern India and Tibet.
Although a hunter and collector all his life, from the beginning Percy was also interested in the people of the countries he travelled in and he brought back examples of a wide range of material that illustrates their lives and cultures.
Many subsequent trips to Africa added to the collections and, inspired by his lifetime of travel and adventure, Major Powell-Cotton created the unique natural history museum in Kent to reflect the experiences of his travels and show the world to people at home in England.
Following the death of Major Powell-Cotton in 1940, his son Christopher constructed additional galleries to display the family collections of archaeology, ceramics and weaponry. These galleries link physically with the ground floor suite of rooms in Quex House. The Museum now comprises eight galleries displaying many significant and world-class objects, many equal in importance to those held in national collections.
The staff were all so friendly and one Lady went out of her way to tell us all about the bell tower.
I said to her the whole house seems so warm and inviting which I feel the family was a happy one.She agreed with me.
It has been called ‘Quex’ since its ownership in the 1500s by the Quekes family, who prospered from the extensive wool industry in Kent. Major Powell-Cotton’s ancestor, John Powell (1721-1783), bought the house and adjacent farm as an investment in 1777. His nephew, John Powell Powell (1769-1849) demolished the mansion, replacing it with an elegant Regency home.
Several rooms in Quex House are open to the public during the Summer Season and provide a special addition to a visit to the Museum. Add Quex House to your list of days out in Kent.
After two hundred years Quex House remains a family home. Its relaxed atmosphere and character are immediately appreciated when visitors step from the Museum galleries into the late-Victorian Oriental Drawing Room. House Stewards are on hand to welcome visitors and provide further information about the house, the family, the paintings, furnishings and varied collectables.
Then a walk back to the field really amazed at so much information that we talked about all evening.
The evening was quiz night that really worked our brains.
Lots of laughter and fun.
Sunday we sat about again after walking to the Barn to do shopping to take home with us.
Sunday night we were all sitting chatting away when I saw loads of lights traveling slowly down the lane. It was a combine Harvester.
They worked in the field and cleared acres before 9.30pm, but where does all the wild life run to. We know where the Mossis went to we were smothered in them and I had kept my windows and doors open.
I have a mossie trap and that was sparking away. Whey do they sound so loud as they come up to your ear.
We did get bitten.
When we got home we found a water leak in the garden and they have had to come and dig the patio up. Oh dear they have found the pipe but have to now trace it back to where there is dry earth. My poor patio is coming up and the leak might not even be from my garden. hey Ho thats life.
Here are the photos of the weekend