When Bryant is out of the country on a deal for work, I find myself doing one of two things with my lonely evenings: (1) on-line shopping, or (2) biding my time watching old Cary Grant movies. Guess where Bry prefers me to indulge?

This past business trip, I came across a Cary Grant movie I had not yet seen: The Grass is Greener. The film itself, was not brilliant, but the peppy opening song made up for the ensuing 90 minutes!

The stately homes of England, we proudly represent.
We only keep them up for Americans to rent.
Though the pipes that supply the bathrooms buzz, and the lavatory makes you feel the worst.
It was used by Charles the First,
Quite informally.
And later by George the 4th, on the journey north.
The state departments keep their historic renown.
It’s wiser not to sleep there, in case they tumble down.
But still, if they ever catch on fire, which likely they might…
We’ll FIGHT for the stately homes of England.

Due to a lengthy wait for tickets to tour the illustrious Downton Abbey (aka Highclere Castle), we took to another stately home of England, namely, Ham House.

Not as famous as the former, but not entirely unrecognized, either, the Ham House gardens were used in the filming of the movie, Young Victoria.

The tour of the house was short.

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Our time on the grounds inspired dreams of a future home and manicured garden of our own.

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And the mile walk through the countryside, back to the London-bound train, was worthy of little wellies.

HamHouse1And thus our American taste for stately English homes, was satiated (for now…).