Today was another perfect day - a cloudless sky and the smell of spring . Having braved Aldi (supermarket - I am now hooked on finding bargains ) in the morning , I decided we would go to Killerton our local National Trust House and gardens in the afternoon which is only a couple of miles from us . Having watered Veronica (euphemism ) got her into her coat ,transferred her to her wheel chair , got her scarf on and gloves (why are they so difficult to put on another person ?) I was already exhausted and wondering whether it was going to be worth it . Still I persevered and pushed her up the ramp into the fart (nickname for the Fiat Doblo ,stupid name which has replaced my beloved VW Passat )And so we set off . Killerton has ample disabled parking bays and a ramp which avoids the steps down to the " way in" which is through the stable courtyard . However the courtyard is cobbled and almost impossible to cross in a wheel chair especially as it also has a gully which you have to get passed. Veronica leans heavily to the left and forwards in her chair and there were several moments when I thought I had lost her .When we got to the ticket desk I suggested that since this was the regional headquarters of the National Trust they might consider a better access for wheelchairs . The very nice lady said I could have driven up to the house about half a mile up the drive , left Veronica there , driven back to the carpark and parked the car and then walked back to the house . I didn't like to mention that if I leave Veronica anywhere she will be bellowing GEORGE GEORGE GEORGE until I return .
Still we made it up to the gardens and there were carpets of daffodils and primroses interspersed with blue periwinkle and cyclamen . Magnificent magnolias with creamy candles and even the odd azalea in bloom .
I managed to make it to a favourite spot where there is a memorial to the fallen local men from the two world wars which overlooks the rolling Devon countryside bathed in sunshine as it disappears into the distant haze - hence the photograph .