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I'll be back with the Sissinghurst portion of this trip report on Wednesday, as I'm off to Paris for the day with a friend tomorrow!
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Love the pictures of the peacocks - they are such beautiful birds. VERY noisy, though. When we lived in California there were wild ones roaming the streets of our town. I often thought I was glad they didn't show up under my window, as they make quite a racket.

Reading your comment back to me from my post yesterday, I'm wondering what on earth I typed for my autocorrect to change it to "hothouse"?!?! Hothouse girls?!?! I really need to reread my posts before hitting that submit button!
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Beautiful pictures of the wildlife! Its a shame the peacocks didn't want to put on a show with their feathers. Have a great time in Paris!
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That's what I love from those photos as well - I couldn't believe my luck, twice in a row in my visits to Leeds Castle I get to witness that scene!
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Love the pictures of the peacocks - they are such beautiful birds. VERY noisy, though. When we lived in California there were wild ones roaming the streets of our town. I often thought I was glad they didn't show up under my window, as they make quite a racket.
I can imagine the squawking would get a bit much after a while. We used to have guinea fowl who lived near us and the noise they make drove us up the wall!

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I know my mum was disappointed, but you can't have everything.
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Greeat photos and closeups of the peacocks as you captured them so well! Just wondering about when peacocks spread their wings, if this signifies anything or when you can expect to do it?
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Greeat photos and closeups of the peacocks as you captured them so well! Just wondering about when peacocks spread their wings, if this signifies anything or when you can expect to do it?
I have no idea. My mum and I discussed this. I thought it was when they were showing off perhaps to a female or maybe scaring off a male?
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I have no idea. My mum and I discussed this. I thought it was when they were showing off perhaps to a female or maybe scaring off a male?
They display as part of their mating rituals, so the way to see this is to act like a peahen! I've also seen one in the aviary at AK displaying and I didn't see any females, so I guess it's also a territorial display.
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They display as part of their mating rituals, so the way to see this is to act like a peahen! I've also seen one in the aviary at AK displaying and I didn't see any females, so I guess it's also a territorial display.
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That's what I've seen as well, with them displaying without a female in sight, so I'm glad I was right in that assumption....
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Sunday 28 September – part one: “I’ve always wanted to go to Sissinghurst”

The next day the plan was for us to go to what’s called Sissinghurst Castle, but I prefer to call in Sissinghurst Gardens, as to me, that’s what it really is. Say castle and you think you’re going to get something along the lines of Leeds Castle or maybe Windsor Castle, and really you get a home with a tower. That’s how we tried to describe it to my parents, as they’d never been before, and I wanted to dampen down their expectations, because I remembered our first visit only too well, when we were walking around saying “and where’s the castle?!”

The main reason we were going down there was to meet our friend Maureen, who kindly bought lifetime membership of the National Trust for both Mark and I a few years ago. It wasn’t a cheap thing for her to do, but my goodness, we’ve got our money’s worth out of it, not just in England, but also Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. And of course we’d be getting good use out of it again a Sissinghurst, which is also a National Trust property.

However, the irony is when I mentioned to my mum that Maureen would be visiting Sissinghurst the weekend they were down, and I thought it would be nice to go over there and see her, my mum’s reaction really surprised me. “I’ve always wanted to go to Sissinghurst.” Ok, let’s see – I’ve lived in Maidstone since 1996 now, and you’ve presumably known that Sissinghurst was in fairly easy reach of us, and in fact I’ve talked about it, as we took Wendy there when she came over to see us in June 2012. Not once have you ever said that to me! Oh well, I guess at least she gets her wish – why on earth she didn’t tell me this earlier, I do not know!

Maureen would be on a coach trip to Sissinghurst, with another stop in the afternoon, and we found out that the coach would be getting there at around 11:00am. We figured that we’d aim to be there before then, so that hopefully we could greet her. I’ll be honest, I really could not remember the layout of the place at all, so I couldn’t think where else we could meet. We set off around 10:15am, as it would take us about half an hour to get there, and we made good time, arriving before 11:00am. We were told by the person on the gate that Sissinghurst didn’t open until 11:00am, but as we pulled into the car park, we knew that wasn’t a problem, as there was a coach already in the car park, and the company name had the same telephone code as Maureen, so we knew it was hers.

We parked up, and headed over to the coach to wait for her to disembark. We didn’t have long to wait, but while we did, we heard this guy chirping away!


Maureen and her friend Anne came off the coach, hugs were exchanged, and we headed down to the entrance. My parents needed to buy tickets, as they’re not National Trust members (I know, the shame of it! ) and, just like with Wendy’s visit, they were pretty pushy here about trying to sell them membership. Fortunately, I’d warned my parents, so they were prepared for it, and politely said



That ordeal completed, we made our first stop, at the café, so that my dad could have his customary cup of coffee. Trust me, if it’s 11:00am, he needs coffee! My mum and I went to have a browse around the shop, and they had some nice stuff. We both agreed we’d come back here later on to make a few purchases…

Our browse completed, we headed back to join the others, and I managed to catch this guy happily pollinating some flowers!



Coffee all consumed, we set off for the entrance, which is through a walkway in the house. Unfortunately, only a tiny part of the house is open, which is a shame, as I’d love to see more of it.



To give you some history to this place, it was a prison in the 1700s, before becoming a home to the women’s land army and a family home. The garden was created in the 1930s by Vita Sackville-West, poet and gardening writer and her husband, Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat.



In the centre of the garden is the tower:



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