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Bourne Mill

Now, this is what you call a delayed blog post. We visited Bourne Mill back in the September (of last year now!) and it’s taken me until now, January 2018, to actually get around (find the time) to write any form of words about it. It’s been a crazy 7 months since my last post, I promise.

A little bit of an update before I crack on with talking about our visit to Bourne Mill. At the beginning of 2017 I did the obligatory thing of promising to keep my blog updated and continuing to write new content, to practice my writing skills and to engage with a community that I love. Alas work and down time took over. I’ve been spending a lot of time devoted to my business, Two Cubed Creative, and I’ve gained new responsibilities at my part-time job. Working more has meant that I spend weekends and evenings recouping, rather than writing. My plan for 2018 is, of course, to change that.

Although I have been uber busy, I am pleased that I’ve been spending time dedicated to work – I’m a die hard workaholic. At Two Cubed the past few months we’ve been redesigning and developing our catalogue of services, streamlining them and making them more appealing to our clients (hopefully). It’s been a lot of hard work, but we are almost ready for our January 2018 launch. I will of course share more on what we are up to on here.

At my part-time job at Chelmsford CVS I’ve been working in more detail on our Social Prescribing project, Connect Well Essex. It is something I am really passionate about and want to write about in a separate post – I promise it will happen this time!

Okay, so now onto what you came here to see.

Bourne Mill was, admittedly, not the greatest of National Trust properties that Lucy and I have visited. Yes, it was beautiful and picturesque as most NT places are, but it felt a bit empty. I feel it’s more of a school trip location than anything. They had pond dipping, a short walk, a cafe and thats about it.

It had the obligatory history, but not the greatest signage talking about it or showing off. The staff were more concerned about making tea and pruning the garden than telling the guests about the property.

Pretty much every NT we visit we always aim to have a scone, sometimes sweet sometimes savoury. So far the best has probably been from Houghton Mill in Cambridgeshire. The savoury scone I had at Lavenham Guildhall came a close second. It was a delicious cheese scone, cream cheese and an spicy onion relish. Bourne Mill however had no scones on offer, so we had to opt for a shortbread biscuit.

If you’re a NT member, I’d say pop along and have a look at Bourne Mill. But, if you’re planning a special dedicated visit I’d probably reconsider.

Whats your favourite National Trust property or location? Lucy and I have been to quite a few now and are always looking for new places to explore. I’ve got a back log of three or four properties to write about yet…