Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire UK

A bit of a deviation from my usual home decor blogging but I thought I’d start to share my occasional days out as visiting places often brings inspiration you can transfer into your home.

Last weekend I had a particularly delightful trip to Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire UK partly because of the history and partly because it was a gorgeous sunny day.

Rufford Old Hall , National Trust

Where I live, we don’t get the best of the weather so I’m an expert at making the most of every last drop. With that in mind we arrived (Mr Husband was there too) as soon as the Hall opened and before looking around the gardens and house we made a direct line to the tea shop. Here we enjoyed coffee and a scone sitting outside in the cobbled court yard…..well it would have been rude not to.

Now the National Trust, who manage this building, are far better placed to dispense the history of the Hall and gardens. However, to give you a flavour Rufford Old Hall is a fine Tudor building, which for 500 years was owned by the Hesketh family. There is also some suggestion William Shakespeare spent a few months of his teens at the Hall. If you want to read more about the history then follow the link to Rufford Old Hall.

Here are my pictures, bearing in mind no photography was allowed in the House

The bluebells and the flower boarder, which looks luscious even in May

Some decorative features around the garden; the birds, the frog and the sun

Rufford Old Hall Garden

Follow the path to reach the perfect seating area

….and the House

A highlight of the visit was viewing the Great Hall, where we joined a regular talk about the history of the Hall given by one of the knowledgeable volunteers.  We were able to admire the carved oak screen (and take photographs).  The thought is that the screen is made from bog oak.  It was a huge structure and although described as movable it would have taken some effort.

Oak screen

Impressive don’t you think?

So, all in all if you’re in the area it’s well worth a visit, it would make a great place for a friends & family picnic as there are plenty of picnic benches in grassy secluded areas. Also the house was children friendly with a little trail to keep them engaged.

After the Hall we travelled up to Lancaster and then on to Keswick in the Lake District but for now I hope you enjoyed sharing my day out 😊. If you follow me on Instagram you will see of my outdoor escapades as they happen.

And in case your wondering where Lancashire is, here’s a map.

Rufford Old Hall Map


3 Indoor plants to try in your home

Indoor plants or house plants, call them what you want they are very on trend.  In my younger days, my house was full of plants, they were on every window sill and spare gap on the table.  It was a more of a gardening extension rather than a design thing. However, as life went on the house plants disappeared, I think a lot to do with taking holidays and at one point we were living in a fairly dark house.  However, now it’s time for them to return and bring life and air purifying properties to my home!

So, I recently ventured to a local garden centre to see what they had as I’d remembered they had an unusually large selection of indoor plants.  I picked three, I thought I’d start small and as I’m always looking to get something for free was looking for plants large enough to divide and make more plants.  These are the plants I finally chose.

Easy care Indoor house plants

Let’s take a look at them one by one considering their needs for light and water as these seem to be the key things to keep them alive and looking healthy.  A dying plant is not a good look, trust me I’ve done that experiment.

Schefflera Arboricola dwarf umbrella tree indoor house plantThis elegant plant is a Schefflera Arboricola or to give its common name (and we all like a common names) Dwarf Umbrella Tree

Water: Wait until the soil in the plant dries out and then thoroughly soak.  I would stand it in a few inches of water (maybe in the sink) and let it suck up as much water as it wants. Yellow leave falling off is a sign you are watering it too much.

Light: It likes light but not direct sunlight.  Not enough light and it gets leggy, too much light and the leaves will burn.



Gardenia indoor house plant


Next we have a glossy Gardenia.  Now reading about these they appear a little fussier.

Water: They like a consistently damp but not soggy soil, they also like high humidity so give it the occasional misting.

Light: These also like bright but not direct sunlight, and as me they like it on the warm side, which might be challenge in my flat.

So, this little chap is already sounding challenging, but I’m going to persevere as it will have vivid white flowers and produces a gorgeous fragrance.  Since getting this plant my living room has been smelling delightful despite the plant only having one flower.

Spider plant

A finally this beauty is a Spider Plant, a house plant favourite. Apparently these are one of the easiest house plants to care for, so I had better keep this one alive. As you can see mine already has many little spiderettes, which I’ve already potted to make new plants.

Water: Not too much watering, they don’t like it soggy. They like to dry out between watering.

Light: Again, bright but not direct sunlight but they do like it a bit cooler.

Now I know how to grow these plants 🤞 there are still a couple of things I need to decide. Firstly, I need to choose some planters.  At the moment, the pots are on plastic trays to stop water and soil leaking over the furniture.   I need to think about how the planter sits against the decor where the plant will live.

And that brings me on to the second thing I need to decide, where to put them.  I’ve been moving them around constantly.  I think they will all sit in the living room, but when I get the spiderette plants growing I’m going to have them hanging in the kitchen.

I hope my ramblings have inspired you to get a few house plants and you’ll can join me on the ‘journey’ of keeping them alive.  I will update you in a few weeks when I’ve select planters. A blog post consisting of dead plants is not attractive so I need to get my green fingers out 🌱🌱🌱

Plant selection