Oh Chippenham Park… I never would have guessed that such a beautiful garden was only a short fifteen minute drive away from our home – and what a hidden gem of a place it is! This lovely day back in June began as a surprise ‘date day’ planned by James where he had completely thrown me off the scent to his actual plans by telling me that we were travelling into the Suffolk countryside. I’m terrible with surprises, the anticipation of the unknown makes me feel quite anxious plus I usually end up figuring out his plans (he’s usually a terrible secret keeper), so this was a rare treat for the both of us! And to be honest, as I tend to overthink a lot of things, it was so so lovely to have a day out where I didn’t need to organise a thing.
Now it’s probably old news that I absolutely adore a day trip into the English countryside! Exploring more of this beautiful county we live in, with my favourite person, whilst also taking photos of our adventures, is one of my favourite ways to create special memories. After arriving home from this particular trip I noticed just how little I had actually photographed during the day in comparison to all my other trips. The sentimental part of me felt a little sad at this realisation, but looking back I think that perhaps having not planned this visit myself, my outlook shifted somewhat on how I wanted to spend the day and I perhaps became more focussed on exploring the beautiful gardens and enjoying the day with my love – without the pressure of documenting it. After all, it’s not often I’m treated to a successful surprise day trip aside from special occasions and I was still able to capture some pretty lovely photos.