Anyway...onward and upward as they say. We happened to be in Dorchester on our recent trip to Dorset. Being as we visit National Trust properties all over, we found there was one in Dorchester called Max Gate. So along we went.
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Street view (you can zoom in and out to see more of the area) :
|Almost hidden in the woodland, the house appears gradually to the visitor|
Thomas Hardy kept adding extra rooms and additions to the property.
|I liked how they had left the roller leaning again the outbuilding, as though the gardener had only just left it there.|
|If you are very eagle eyed, you will spot the Room Guide looking out (bottom left)|
This bee was enjoying his visit too
The gardens and vegetable areas are still laid out as they were in Hardy's day
I waited in the garden, in the shade sketching, whilst Graham looked around.
One thing I do have to say. We were going to wait outside with William, we didn't think dogs would be appreciated in the gardens, but on mentioning we had a dog, they insisted we take him for a walk around the garden. Hence, I was waiting with William whilst Graham took his browse around the house. Then two, separately, House Guides came out just to say hello to William!
(next time we are in the area we will visit
Hardy's Cottage, the house where he was born)
We really enjoy our visit
and the staff and guides were welcoming,
friendly and informative.
Many thanks to everyone who help run