The weather over the Jubilee and following Half Term has been changeable to say the least! The thought of going to central London, with the combination of huge crowds and dreadful weather did not appeal, so this break my little girl and I have stayed with local activities. We have had a play date at home, we have been to a Pottery Cafe to do some painting, and we visited Ham House.
Our local National Trust property is Ham House, and at present it is hosting a modern art garden based exhibition: The Garden of Reason.
We chose an afternoon when the weather was not quite so bad, and popped along, we decided to visit the garden and miss the house (we have visited it many times before).
We loved the art installations, particularly the interactive ones. We'll be returning again before the exhibition closes. If you live in London or Surrey, or are visiting for a few days, do make your way to Ham and visit the house, it's wonderful, the gardens are superb. You could combine it with a lunch at Petersham Nurseries, a walk in Richmond Park and maybe even take in a Polo match at Ham Polo Club.
|Ham House (with some modern art)|
|Ham always seems so rural with so many horses and riders|
|A place of contemplation?|
|I'm never sure about modern sculpture|
|But this we loved|
|Look through the lens and it turns everything upsidedown|
|The Compass is marvellous|
|Climb one of the ladders and what do you see?|
|And the Garden from a different perspective|
|I loved this old and new|
|And these are such great fun|
|My daughter loved this, there is a recorded conversation|
coming from various speakers
|And even after the exhibition is finished there are|
|And the Kitchen garden|
|Looks delicious and enticing|
|When my sons were little we used to have fun playing in|
these "little houses" - perfect for hide and seek
|Now there some interactive descriptions for this part|
of the garden, The Wilderness
|We are going to bring my husband to turn the handle for us|
When I write about Ham, and post photos, I am always reminded how fortunate I am to live in such a pretty and green part of London. I hope you get a chance to visit sometime, and do get in touch if you do.