Pradoe 2022


We were invited back to Pradoe for another four months helping to look after the gardens around the house. We were last there in 2018.

We packed our bags and delivered our vehicles to family and friends in Palmerston North, who had graciously agreed to look after them both for the six months we are away from New Zealand

Palmerston North Airport
(Mt Ruapehu on the horizon)

We departed from Palmerston North via Auckland for our 11-hour flight to Singapore.

We had a 5 hour stopover in Changi Airport. There was not much going on at the airport in the middle of the night. We then had a 13 hour flight on to Manchester.

We arrived in Manchester and were met by our host, Andrew Kenyon, who then drove us to Pradoe, an hour’s drive south.

Kiwi Square from our living room window
It was like coming home

We had a walk around the property to check out any changes and to reconnect with the various parts of the grounds.

Bluebells walk through the woods
Back driveway
The berry house was in better shape than when we arrive last time.
Kitchen Garden looked good

With COVID hitting the UK and with borders closed, there had been no Kiwis here for over two years. A team of Church folk had taken over maintaining the Churchyard. They will carry on doing this, so we will not have the same responsibility as we did in 2018.

Churchyard looking well looked after

We didn’t have much time to dwell on jet-lag as the garden open day was in two days time. We got straight into gardening and lawn mowing, then setting up for visitors arriving at 2:00 pm Sunday.

The day was a success, with far more visitors than anyone expected. The grounds were at their best.

Car park
Families picnicing in the park
Rose Garden
Kitchen Garden
Main Driveway

Monday morning was packing away tables, chairs, crockery and then more lawns. After lunch, we had our training session as tour guides for the house open days.

We plan to take some time off tomorrow and head into Shrewsbury, which is 30 minutes drive southeast of here.


First drinks on
The Terrace

3 thoughts on “Pradoe 2022

  1. Wow!!! Congratulations. You’re back at Pradoe. How lovely for you. Can’t imagine what it must feel like to travel after all this time. How was the flight? Keep the photos coming – they are beautiful. Love Jill and John


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  2. Thanks for sending these. Lovely photos. ❤️I’m thrilled that you have finally been able to travel and to be in a place you consider your English home. Gorgeous, you two! Wish I were there. Cheers.😍 Heather


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