A Day Trip From London

I love this time of the year, just before the clocks go back ⏰, when the leaves are starting to fall off the trees 🍂 🍁and, if you are lucky, the mornings are full of bright sunshine ☀️.  I really like wrapping up warm 👒 and stepping outside into the brisk cold air ❄️, and enjoying the sun ☺️.Last weekend we decided to escape London 🎡 and took a day trip to Sussex 🌳.  It was really very easy, we hopped on a train 🚂 at Clapham Junction with our bicycles 🚲🚲, and got off at Lewes.  We cycled via Glynde (there were a few steep hills! 🗻),  and made out way to Charleston Farmhouse 🏡.  The garden 🌷at Charleston is looking spectacular right now, the dahlias 🌺🌹🌻 are out, and it is the perfect time of year for a wander - I have written about the garden here.  This time we also had a quick look around the house 🏠, far smaller than I had imagined 👧, with lots of exciting artworks 🎨, and we learnt a bit more about the very intriguing Bloomsbury group.  We then cycled 🚲🚲back to Lewes via the main road (there is a cycle path, although it cuts off abruptly just before reaching Lewes, we were slightly perturbed 😳).  And the a train 🚂 💤 ride back to London.It was a super day 😃, and very sunny 😍, and it was really quite excellent to be in the countryside 🌺🌿🌳.Alice xxxI am wearing hush Dolman Sloppy Joe, hush Leggings and Reebok Trainers.img_1208img_0855img_0858img_0859img_0861img_0867img_0886img_0884img_0874img_0887img_0894img_0892img_0895img_0896img_0898img_0911img_0914img_0919img_0924img_0925img_0926img_0941img_0943img_0947img_0948img_0951

The Walled Garden at Charleston in a Catherine Walker Dress

Charleston farmhouse is situated in the South Downs in Sussex and was the home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant from 1916 until 1978, as well as being the country meeting place of the Bloomsbury group.The walled garden at Charleston was created by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant to the designs of the artist Roger Fry.  The small garden slopes down from the side of the house, and as you enter, you become quickly immersed in the dense planting of the garden.  At every turn of the narrow gravel path, there is something to delight the senses, a small classical sculpture, a mosaic pavement, a vibrant bed of Dahlias, a tile edged pool, a fruiting apple tree, each drawing you further into the garden.What I love most about this garden is the combination of colours and and the discovery of the unexpected as you wander through.  It really does feel as though it has been created by artists, with every element carefully planned, and each vista a work of art in itself.Charleston AppleCharleston 2Charleston 4Charleston DahCharleston BenchCharleston 7Dress: Vintage Catherine Walker; Shoes: Vintage Carvela at Kurt GeigerPhotographed at CharlestonPhotography: Sarah Bray