Alternative title: When your brain is telling you that all it wants to do on a beautifully sunny day is lie in bed and pretend the day doesn’t exist … You lie and tell it you’re going out for ice cream.
Brain: “You’re lying to me … We never go on the motorway to get ice-cream. Turn the car around and take me home right now!”
Me: “Wind your neck in, we’re going to spend a bit of time with nature”.
Brain: “Turn the damned car around this second! Don’t make me barf all up in this place!”
Me: “Would you rather we had our butt-hole bleached?!”
Brain: “Is that even a thing?! Why would you even -”
Butt: “Oh hell no! You have got to be kidding me! There is not a chance that -”
Me: “I have the beautician on speed dial … Just an FYI”
So, what the heck does butt hole bleaching entail I hear you ask? … Oh wait, that’s a topic for another day isn’t it. Dang it. We were talking Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden weren’t we?
Well, the Abbey itself was founded by monks in 1132 and is now one of the ‘largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England‘. The Abbey, along with the gardens, are now an UNESCO protected World Heritage Site and with good reason … Check out the ruins for goodness sake:
The last few times I’ve been to this National Trust estate M and I focused on the inside of the Abbey as, quite frankly, the architecture is just breathtaking, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the history. This time though, we wanted to see more of the gardens which is unlike most other gardens I’ve seen … Which considering most gardens I’ve seen growing up were council estate based (yep, I’m a council estate baby!) the idea of a garden the size of Studley Royal has taken a while to get used to:
There are so many little places to find tucked away within the grounds … This is called the Temple of Fame:
This one is the Octagon Tower:
And this one is called the Temple of Piety :
Which also houses a folly called “The Pineal Eye”! :
Speaking of statues …
Even the trip to find coffee was pretty awesome:
So there you have it folks – Fountains Abbey and Studley Water Garden … A heck of a lot more exciting (and probably a lot cheaper) than a butt hole bleaching session. And, believe it or not, the estate has more to offer in the way of a deer park! Unfortunately we ran out of time to see this but it’s definitely on my list for next time!
If you want to keep up with my travels away from the blog then you can do across at my Instagram page! Why not grab a cuppa, drop by and say hi!
PS – If you want to learn more about Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden you can by nipping to their website for a nosy! Or, even better, go and see for yourselves if you are ever in North Yorkshire (ticket prices are on the website) … I highly recommend the chocolate brownie when you stop for coffee and a snack! (Though I was torn between the brownie and the shortbread).
Now if you’ll excuse me I have a few episodes of “Californication” (this girl is all about the Duchovny right now!) to get through before I create some serious positive vibes at tonight’s Calisthenics/Weights session and Yoga class!