Wordsworth House and Garden in 250-property National Trust marathon

19 Jun
Blogger Cathy Boyle

Blogger Cathy Boyle: Writing about her visits to over 250 National Trust properties

I’ve just had a message from a fellow blogger who’s on a really impressive mission. Cathy Boyle has set herself the goal of visiting more than 250 National Trust properties, and she’s sharing her experiences via a blog called National Trust Challenge.

She wanted us to know how much she’d enjoyed her recent visit to Wordsworth House and Garden, after seeing us on ITV reality series Inside the National Trust.

In her post about the visit, Cathy wrote: “I bumped into Head Gardener Amanda (or ‘her off the telly’), who felt like an old friend! We had a nice chat about the garden and the other NT gardens I am due to visit over the next few days.”

She and Amanda talked about the 2009 floods which swamped the centre of Cockermouth. Cathy said: “The flood came just five years after the garden had been given a facelift and replanted with more authentically Georgian plants, so the poor lady and her team had to start again almost from scratch.

“Mind you, it actually sounds like she quite enjoyed the challenge, and her passion for the garden is infectious. I would recommend that you sign up to spend some time with Amanda’s enthusiasm if you get the opportunity on your own visit.”

Cathy also mentioned me: “Another fixture in the garden is Fletch the Perchcrow, so called because he’s not very scary! He actually has his very own blog so it was nice to meet a fellow scribe.”

I hope after completing her challenge, she’ll come back and visit us again.


2 Responses to “Wordsworth House and Garden in 250-property National Trust marathon”

  1. RobinWire June 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Amusing. She’s not the only one. We’ve been racking up a little list of NT/HHA etc houses for a while: http://visitinghousesandgardens.com/index-houses-gardens-visited/

    • Fletch the perchcrow June 26, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Hello Robin! Glad to see you’ve posted some of the excellent pictures you took when you visited us earlier this season. I am particularly photogenic, I think, with my splendid new flag. I’m feeling a bit damp in the drizzle today, though. Alex, one of my typists, enjoyed reading the comments about Michael Buerk (who was filming for ITV series Inside the National Trust) as she had the thankless task of trying to turn him into an effective Georgian manservant. Suffice to say she wouldn’t have hired him!

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