Una gita fuori porta… Easter outing

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On Saturday morning we decided to go a bit further afield and climb Beacon Hill, near Newbury. This is the view of Highclere Castle from the top of Beacon Hill, Hampshire, England. After the climb we had a lovely coffee with a mini chocolate egg. Wonderful view, it was a little bit windy.

Afterwards we went to Highclere Castle and we visited the house and  garden.  As it is a private home, it was not possible to take any picture of the insides. The house belongs to the  Carnarvon Family. The 5th Earl of Carnarvon, discovered the Tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, in 1922 with his archaeological colleague, Howard Carter Today the 8th Earl and Countess have opened an Egyptian Exhibition but castle has become very popular with the filming of Downton Abbey.

Sabato mattina mio marito e io abbiamo deciso di andare a fare una gita fuori porta con i bambini. La foto sopra e’ il panorama di Highclere Castle dalla cima di Beacon Hill, Hampshire, Inghilterra. Dopo la salita, una pausa caffe’ con cioccolatino. Era un po’ ventilato pero’ ne e’ valsa la pena!

Poi siamo andati al Castello di Highclere e abbiamo visitato la casa e i giardini. La casa e’ privata e quindi non era possibile fare foto all’interno. Il castello appartene alla famiglia Carnarvon. Il Quinto Conte Carnarvon, scopri’ nel 1922 la tomba di Tutankhamun insieme al suo collega archeologo Howard Carter. Oggi il Conte e la Contessa Carnarvon hanno aperto una mostra, ma il castello attrae molti turisti principamente per la famosa serie televisiva Downton Abbey, che e’ stata girata all’interno della casa.

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The garden and grounds are lovely and were designed by Capability Brown. England is really lovely in spring with all the blossom and tulips.

I giardini sono molto belli, una creazione di Capability Brown. L’Inghilterra e’ molto bello in questo periodo.

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I bambini sono ancora in vacanza e stamattina siamo andati a fare una passeggiata in un bosco vicino casa nostra. Nel periodo di aprile/maggio i boschi inglesi si ricoprono di bluebells, nome latino Hyacinthoides non-scripta, ed e’ davvero uno spettacolo!

The children have another week of holiday and this morning to went for a bluebell walk. It was magical!

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Ora mentre i bambini giocano in giardino e mi concentro sulle avventure di Sue e Billy! E’ bello stare in vacanza!

Back home the children are playing happily in the garden and I’m sewing happily the adventures of Sue and Billy! It is lovely to be on holiday! IMG_2294

A presto,

Francesca

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