As it was tipping down today a walk was ‘off’, so we decided to venture further into lovely Worcestershire and Herefordshire and have a gander at the National Trust at Brockhampton.
It is gorgeous! It’s a medieval manor house with the most amazing gate house which straddles the moat,
and scented cottage flowers have been planted, including a rambler rose all over the front of the house.
Elgar’s birthplace at Lower Broadheath was on way back to the motorway. This is small but beautiful, not NT (so we had to pay but now we are Seniors we had a reduction) and very well-presented. It’s in two parts: there’s a visitor building with shop, video presentation and museum, and then down the path to the actual birthplace cottage – Mum, Dad and 6 kids can’t have had much room inside, but it seems to have been a very happy childhood. So often these geniuses seem to have sad and tragic lives!
I am not hugely musical – one of my friends once described my taste as being Housewives’ Choicy … :)) … but Hub is Properly Musical so he really enjoyed it.
I noticed that the Elgar kids had a lot of respect for their mother, describing her as having an ‘unmistakable air of good breeding’.
Hmm. When are my kids going to notice mine, I wonder?