Are you a science nerd?
Well, from one science nerd to another, welcome.
If you’re not a science nerd, perhaps you like food? Or picnics? Being outdoors? Historic properties? Hilarious selfie fails? If so, I got you. If not, I’m sorry. Maybe try back next week.
Last weekend I took a last minute road trip with Kelly up the A1, a road I have a chequered history with. This time it was totally different, with the sun on our faces and a breeze through our hair (well, the air con anyway) we set off in search of history and intrigue.
Stop 1: Sir Isaac Newton’s House, Woolsthorpe Manor
This house is where Sir Isaac was born, and retreated to when Cambridge University was closed due to plague (I could make a joke here but I shan’t). He also wrote some of his most famous works, notably on how white light is formed of many different colours of light. Most significant of all however, is that this is where the famous apple tree resides that inspired the law of universal gravitation. Yes, that apple tree.
So Kelly and I decided that we would have a picnic under it. NB – it’s the tree on the right, in case you hadn’t guessed from the protective fence around it.
We had brought all the best looking gluten free picnic offerings from Marks and Spencer, and what a good spread it was too (if a little cake-heavy).
I score M&S top marks for this. Stand out winners included the gluten free scotch eggs, BLT sandwich and the Extremely Chocolatey Millionaire’s Caramel Mini Bites. Amazing.
Once we’d scoffed the lot, we set about trying to take a selfie with an apple on our heads. Of course, it went really well.
We decided we really should be cultured, so headed inside to check out the house. There was a National Trust staff member all ready and waiting to give us an info sheet on the house, which we accepted – nothing like a good info sheet.
I loved the lab trinkets set up around the house, and the fact that the rooms were set up just as they would have been back in the 17th century.
This is Sir Isaac’s room itself, where he performed many experiments – it’s also got a great view of the apple tree. You can even see the old carved wooden safe marked as Sir Isaac Newton’s with a brass nameplate.
In the other bedroom is a plaque commemorating his birth, this being the room he was born in. We exited this room rapidly after reading a sign about how weak the floor was – all that cake suddenly didn’t seem like such a good idea.
After a little look around the rest of the grounds, Kelly and I had clearly not had enough National Trust for one day. So we headed a bit further down the A1 to…
Lady Catherine De Bourgh’s residence Belton House
Any Jane Austen fan will tell you whose house this is:
Sadly Kelly and I had not been invited for tea at Rosings, so we made do with a wander around the immaculately laid out gardens.
As I’ve said before, there’s not many things we do excellently in the UK, but gardens is definitely one of them. I’ve never visited anywhere with gardens quite as good as ours. There was a hot house, a lovely big fountain, and an en-suite church.
You can see the contents of that lovely hot house right here.
Flowers hanging out on walls…
More flowers than you could shake a camera with a flat battery at. (My camera died at some point during the day, meaning some of these were taken with my phone. Can you tell which ones?)
> Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree is really beautiful, astonishingly still alive given its age, and surrounded by a peaceful meadow that’s an idyllic place for a picnic
> Woolsthorpe Manor is a small National Trust property but full of charm
> Belton House is an impressively large National Trust property which is also full of charm
> The gardens at Belton House are some of the most impressive and immaculate gardens I’ve been to in quite a while
> The National Trust really is a national treasure; we’re so lucky to have it
Home time rolled around and we reluctantly headed back to Bedford. Of course, we sat bumper to bumper on the A1 but we did put the world to rights as we crawled along so it was time well spent. Thanks Kelly for driving and being excellent company as ever, here’s to more madcap roadtrips in the future!