Taking advantage of the lovely Easter weather (sunny but not too hot, nice breeze), we visited Hever Castle for the first time this year.
The warmest day of the year to date, and the Easter-themed events, meant the 700-year-old home of Anne Boleyn was very busy, but not overly so and remained a magnificent place to pass a few hours.
A new addition for 2019 is the lakeside, open-air bar, Loggia (pictured below), where we had a couple of beers - having already enjoyed ice creams from the outlet about 10ft behind us on the Loggia Terrace.
Unsurprisingly, Alice proved very popular, getting a lot of attention (including quite a few drive-by cuddles from overexcited children) and drawing us into plenty of conversations with other visitors - which is still a whole new experience for an introvert like myself.
Rachel and I also initiated a new game to keep us on our toes: Punch Puppy (not as cruel as it sounds!), a variation of the popular car game, Punch Buggy.
Simply put, the first of us to see someone walking a dog we hadn't seen before had to shout 'punch puppy' and punch the other in the arm!
The only rule beyond that is the "double backsie penalty" for anyone trying to claim a dog sighting for a second time, or for something that isn't a dog (e.g. a small child, some topiary or a statue). This entitles the other person to punch the erroneous caller twice in the arm.
Annoyingly, Rachel won - helped enormously by spotting a gathering of three dogs at once.
Thinking Game Of Thrones, which I tend to do a lot at the moment, in the my mind, Highgarden, home of the Tyrells, looks a lot like the grounds of Hever Castle.
Looking at Hever's 2019 calendar, I'm hoping we'll be getting back here quite often through the year (as it remains a 20 minute journey from our front door, even though we've moved).