Smelling of Roses

Friday 21st August 2020 was the date suggested as a chance for Oasis ladies and partners to meet safely in a socially distanced environment. East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens turned out to be the perfect venue, lots of outdoor tables and seating in the tearoom area, ample space for everyone.

Arriving not too long after midday, Lorraine and myself found Beccie sitting on her own with a pot of tea messaging others who were expected to arrive on the day. It turned out that unfortunately Vicky and Nina both had motoring related mishaps and weren’t able to join us as planned. Joanna confirmed she was en-route so we decided to stay seated outside and ordered two ploughmen for lunch, this was quite a challenge trying to stop the food flying off the plates while at the same time maintaining dignity with skirts and hair.

Beccie, Joanna and Lorraine posing!

Once Joanna arrived, the Fabulous Four (Joanna, Beccie, Lorraine & myself) set off on our adventures around the garden. It really did turn out to be quite an adventure with something different to be found around every corner, the different gardens and landscapes were amazing. The two guys who built the place certainly have bucket loads of talent and imagination.

While walking around something triggered a thought in my mind, any therapist will tell you, if you’re stressed or racing ahead “don’t forget to stop and smell the roses”, well I took this quite literally and smelled the roses, wonderful.


Now you see it now you don’t -mobile phone illusion

Beccie purchased a brochure containing interesting info about the gardens and included the fact there is an unusual view of Happisburgh Lighthouse. Beccie’s map reading skills were put to the test and we eventually found the Light(house) at the end of the tunnel.

Capturing the lighthouse proved to be a challenge for our phones which were determined to make the image simply vanish???

So what an enjoyable day despite the strong winds, would highly recommend the gardens for a visit in future if anyone has the opportunity. They also sell a good range of plants.

Lorraine and Theresa in the Apple Walk

Looking forward to another socially distanced gathering with other Oasis ladies very soon if we can arrange something between us.


Theresa x


5 thoughts on “Smelling of Roses

  1. Too bad I was working, I would love to meet you in person, online is a hit stilted and limiting, someone be kind enough to drop me a line next time and I will see if I can arrange it with my manager

    Love and Hugs Julie x

    1. Thank you so much Lorraine and Theresa for organising such a lovely afternoon at East Ruston Gardens. It was just fabulous being out in public and FREE from all constraints.
      Thanks also to Beccie for keeping me on track for meeting up. My word Theresa, Lorraine and Beccie all looked beautifully dressed and with polished manners, I felt like ugly Betty y comparison.
      Such a shame I missed Pensthorpe but really hope another outing will on soon.
      Love to all.

  2. You all look so great! I was looking forward to moving to Norfolk this year and was planning on coming along to Oasis but thanks to Covid-19 it’s all fallen through. Hopefully it will happen next year. I’m looking forward to joining in.

  3. The original smell the roses quote came from American golfer Walter Hagen in his 1956 book “The Walter Hagen Story” but he didn’t mention roses only flowers along the way.

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