Last Sunday we visited Cragside House. I first went there when I was 8, and fell in love with it. Built by Lord Armstrong, a Victorian engineering genius and arms magnate, it's a mad mock-Tudor schloss set in the most enormous rock-garden - 1700 acres of lakes, forest, winding paths and rhododendrons which are in bloom in late May and early June. What a beautiful day we had!
Cragside is my dream home. When I rule the world I shall prise it from the grip of the National Trust and live there, but in the meantime here are some pictures of the azaleas and rhododendrons in flower.