Mottisfont, National Trust. A family Triumph.

A memorable day spent at this wonderful House and Garden that sits about ten miles North of Southampton. Ancient trees, bubbling brooks and rolling lawns frame this 18th-century house with a medieval priory at its heart.
Maud Russell made Mottisfont her home in the 1930s, bringing artists here to relax and create works inspired by Mottisfont’s past, including an extraordinary drawing-room painted by Rex Whistler.
The River Test flows crystal clear beside avenues of London Plane trees. Large rainbow trout patrol the chalk stream undisturbed.
The house is amazing; having its foundations on the much earlier 13th Centuary priory.

Rainbow Trout in the river Test

A day out to remember with William and Jane in Salisbury .
The evening highlight was watching the Finals of the British Ladies Elite Underwater hockey team play New Zealand Elite Ladies Team. The game (normally lasting half an hour)  was drawn 4-4 but reached the stage of Golden Goal decider and that had the world stage on its toes for a full hour, (including stoppages and time outs). Eventually New Zealand clinched it with the final goal, yet there was no real loss to GB, having played such a memorable match.
Daughter Sophia played well and enjoyed defending against the NZ team that she mentors as fitness coach.
Watch the game:  Here.

Like his brother Matthew, William enjoyes watersports of a more extream kind and is seen here deep into the wave;

William hopes to escape the jaws of a monster wave

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