I spend so much time cooped up inside an air conditioned office with no opening windows and a fine view over a car park, that I jump at every chance for a day out in the fresh air somewhere. Today it was sunny (ish) but cold, but that didn’t stop me and Mr Shoestring getting out and dragging the two eldest daughters for a walk to blow off the cobwebs.
We decided to visit the Marks Hall Arboretum and Gardens in Coggeshall, which has a lovely walled garden and a woodland walk. The lady on the gate told us proudly that they had 80 of the endangered Wollemi pine trees in the Antipodean section, and this area was lovely, also featuring about 20 flowering pink magnolia trees.
We found a warm spot to eat our picnic and admire the views. It had an Easter trail for the little ones, which they appeared to be enjoying, although at 21 and 18, my two were a bit old! It wasn’t particularly cheap at £5 per adult, but I got mine free as I am an RHS member, so it isn’t too bad. I love places like this, so I don’t mind supporting them once in a while.
If you are in the area it is worth a visit: http://www.markshall.org.uk/