I know, am I not on holiday all the time?
Well, not really. There are always heaps of things to do, last but not least steering 18 ton of steel through shallow canals.
So when I get to Tixall, and manage to get a prime spot, I decide: I’ll take a 14 days holiday.
I have a full tank of water, two empty cassettes, food for six days, and there is always the Canalside Farm Shop for more veggies. And will indulge in reading, and cooking.
And… Tixall is close to the Shugborough Estate, and I want to visit that.
So I start walking, get some more veggies from the farm shop, and make my way to Shugborough.
It’s a Thursday, so everything is open. The Walled Garden (that puts the RHS Bridgewater garden to shame), the Farm, the Tower of the Wind, the servant’s apartments and the manor.
Just the scale of the estate…!
They even have a free minibus to take you from the visitor centre to the manor (no, I walk).
I spend a delightful three hours on the estate. Absolute worth the money and the walk (I do 10,500 steps).