A Busman’s Holiday

Do you know the expression a Busman’s Holiday?

“A holiday in which you spend most of your time doing the same or something very similar to your normal work. Comes from the late 1800’s, where a man who drives a bus for a living goes on a long bus journey on their holiday.”

Well that’s what I did on Friday, a day out for a blogging-gardenrr-cook. I visited Great Dixter, the garden of Christopher Lloyd

My favourite garden to visit

And all the while I was thinking about the comments left here on the blog, from the last two posts I wrote on being Sociable and Creative and the links with technology.

I want to take some time to pause and reflectΒ on the comments, your honesty, views on life, humour never cease to entertain me – they make me literally stop and think. You’re an amzing bunch of friends!

And all the while I have the most crazy number of photos from my Busman’s holiday to sort and sift, to edit and label. And then I have to work out what I want to say, how I want to present them – a separate page or a dash of colour for winter?

How do I do my best by such a wonderful garden?

A garden that touches me at the core, provokes an emotional response


  • I always think of that expression when we go to a pick-your-own field or orchard…Next Friday, we’ll be apple-picking in Central Massachussetts…I’ll remember it then.
    Can’t wait to see your photos from this garden!

  • As a chef … every holiday has been bushman’s holiday more or less for me … never heard that expression before … because I have to eat and I investigate restaurants before hand … for my destination. The best food city in the world – that I know of is without any doubts CHICAGO and second place .. London … 3rd – Seattle. Sweden can’t be taken into consideration here. Great shots and nice with you in every photo too, even if from the back. Who took the photos. Fantastic garden too. I been in here … it’s in Rye !!! I lived in Brighton and Dover .. how strange.

    • Hi there, I was reading about how great the food is in Chicago the other day, sounds like I need to go there !!
      And yes, the garden is 10 miles from me in Hastings which is along the coast from Rye …… small world πŸ™‚

      • You, can click on my tag .. Chicago and I will take you to great places in Chicago. Fantastic city – my number one in overall. Of course you should go.
        Yes, the world .. is sometimes too small and too big.

  • Loved the photos of the photographer. Very cool. Ironic and intriguing. Don;t be thinking too long, we want to see what you were shooting too!! v

  • Never heard of a Busman’s holiday! I so much enjoy getting out and about for inspiration and a quiet my racing mind! Looking foward to your photos!

  • Great place to choose for your busman’s holiday, and I would guess a lovely place to sit and think too. Can’t wait to see the holiday snaps!

  • The title of your post instantly brought to mind the Dorothy L. Sayers book “Busman’s Honeymoon” where Lord Peter Whimsey and his new bride solve a mystery on their honeymoon. πŸ™‚ A gardener who takes pictures of other gardens on his/her break … very apropos. Cute pics already.

  • I am catching up today with my lovely blogfriends. I have never been to Great Dixter, so lok forward hugely to your post. xx

  • For me it’s not a busman’s holiday if it’s based on a hobby, not a job. I am jealous of your visit to Great Dixter, it is on my life list of gardens I must visit.

  • Lucky you, going to Great Dixter! I can’t wait to see the photos – however you decide to post them…. It will be a treat for me! One day perhaps I’ll get there too… πŸ˜€

  • Every holiday we have revolves around markets, shopping and cooking – and I never knew where that term came from πŸ™‚

  • The capturer captured on camera. I’m not sure I know any holiday other than a busman’s–and I love it!

  • Ahhh.. and herein lies the problem with catching up with blog reading by going in reverse. But now my curiosity is piqued and I can’t wait to read your last blog. This garden looks spectacular. I’ve always wondered what it must be like to be a “head gardener” for a place like that. It must be so rewarding! I can’t wait to see your photos!! xx

    • πŸ™‚ I’ve wondered what it’ slike too Smidge, in fact we did see him briefly walking around, looking busy! I’m sure its a fascinating job, I’ll just have to pretend I’m head gardener of my own small patch πŸ˜‰

  • You got me, Claire. I read the name of the garden and thought it was an amusing coincidence, you visiting a garden named after a (probably) deceased English gentleman who just so happens to share the name of Doc from “Back to the Future.” Imagine my surprise when I clicked the link. :O
    This looks like quite a garden and I hope you’ll share more of it with us.

  • The photos are fun, Claire. I love to see others crouching down and going for the good angles. Prior to blogging I didn’t always take the time to think about presentation. Now I’ve turned every outing into more of a photo shoot, requiring my companions to wait and hold place while I go about taking hundreds of shots, knowing I’ll only share but a few. I think it has so much to do with what you’re sharing here. I want to be careful that I present things as well as possible, to hold interest, yes, but also because my fellow bloggers have become friends and I don’t want to waste anyone’s precious time. That time is quite the resource these days, isn’t it! I have joked that I need to quite my job and become a full-time blogger! πŸ™‚ You, too? We could still garden! D

    • Oh god, yes I need to stop working!! Way too many wonderful things to do and not enough time. Think of the travelling we could do Debra…. aahhh it’s a rainy Monday and I’m loving catching up on the blog, but work is there in the background……
      Thanks for popping in Debra, as ever I appreciate your thoughts and comments, hope you have a lovely week.

  • I only know that term thanks to being married to an Englishman. Looks like you had the most wonderful day immersing yourself in a stunning garden. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about it.

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