"Maybe it's been cancelled," I said, to her annoyance - this was a treat she'd been looking forwards to, and she hadn't forgotten her new bird-spotting binoculars either.
We strolled to the pier and asked after the boat.
"It's been cancelled," said the elderly lady at the pier-till.
"It's the weather," she continued, looking up at the sun as it broke through the clouds.
We continued on to the National Trust property at Tyntesfield which has extensive gardens, although the Hall itself was closed (in mid-August? Is the world going mad?).
Here are some pix.
Clare backed by the Hall
Tyntesfield Hall and Garden
The author in the Rose Garden Gazebo
The rather dilapidated Rose Garden
Clare in some Croquet action