Decided to visit Dunham Massey yesterday to make use of my National Trust membership, which shamefully didn’t make use of at all last year. I joined the National Trust because I enjoy photography and National Trust properties and sites provide no end of photographic opportunities, however in some you can’t take photos inside the buildings. Another reason was an interest in history and architecture plus a hunger to be in the great outdoors. Living in a city it’s wonderful to have access to open space, countryside and nature away from sounds of traffic and the general hubbub of city life at not too great a distance. Within half an hour you can be transported to a world away. These are quiet delights and simple pleasures and I wouldn’t be without them. Another guilty pleasure for me is the jams, honeys and preserves you’ll find in the gift shops there – more expensive than you’d find at your local supermarket but they are truly delicious. And finally the cafe’s and the freshly cooked food you can get there, it’s quite a treat. Parking and entrance to properties is generally free if you have membership which means you can just decide to visit somewhere at the drop of a hat without considering how much money you’ll need to spend.