Polesden Lacey is a magnet to us, every holiday sees us making a beeline for the estate and gardens. This week we walked around the woodlands with friends seeing the first flush of blue in the bluebell woods. Toward the end of walk we passed the children’s play area. In former times this was THE reason to visit, this time all three children declared themselves too old for such delights. It only seems like yesterday when they were too small to tackle the obstacle course. We only had time to admire the new carved seat, adorned with this rather fine woodpecker, for weary parents before heading for the tearoom.