Last week I made a special trip out to Hughenden Manor
. Hughenden was the home of the 19th Century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
. Only 20 minutes away just outside High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, I had always wanted to visit to see the newly restored walled kitchen garden.
Benjamin Disraeli was one of Queen Victoria's Prime Ministers, and in later life they had much in common having both been widowed and they also shared their love of dogs!
Of course, Matron was interested to see the walled kitchen garden. Hughenden was left to the National Trust after having been taken over during the Second World War as a secret base from which the Royal Air Force
planned operations such as the Dam Busters raid.
I was really disappointed by the walled kitchen garden
! Too much grass, just a few raised beds and way too many flowers!!
A few small rows of onions and leeks, a few fruit bushes and a few herbs. Quite a nice scarecrow though!
Benjamin Disraeli also started a small graveyard for his beloved dogs! A small space on top of a hill overlooking the vale of Hughenden is the resting place for a variety of working dogs. This one named 'Li Hung Chang - A wire haired terrier - 1899-1901'
I hope it lived a full and happy life in its short 2 years (despite the name!)
If the walled kitchen garden disappointed, the doggy graveyard did not!