Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England

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Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England

This summer has been stressful for all the wrong reasons. The death of a most beloved dog (monkey’s ‘brother’, who lived with my ex). Serious illness among friends and family. A ridiculous workload. Other dramz, too. Let’s not get into it.

On the bright side, I did manage to squeeze in some sublime days of summer in Surrey!

Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England
Farnham in Surrey is one of the most picturesque towns I know.

I invited myself to stay with a friend who lives in Farnham (I made up for it by bringing a hostess gift full of delectable Devon delicacies), and fortunately, she obligingly acquiesced to my request (my apologies; the mere memory of these gorgeous Georgian buildings makes my language a touch Austenesque).

I only had two full days to enjoy summer in Surrey, but my friend and I made the most of my short time there, with an unplanned, yet somehow quite packed program, stumbling from one picturesque place to another on pure whim.



On Saturday, we explored the nearby area. After walking around Great Frensham Pond (mostly barefoot) to work up an appetite, we visited tiny Tilford where we felt quintessentially English as we (my Finnish friend and my Norwegian self) enjoyed a pub lunch and Pimm’s while watching the cricket match unfold on the village green. Then we went to The Bourne Show, where I snapped up a gorgeous old copy of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea for just 50p. If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen a 360 of the wonderful atmosphere at the show in my Insta stories. Let’s just say it was on a different level to my local village show! 😀

  • We worked up an appetite by going for a walk around Frensham Great Pond.



I dedicated my ‘Summer in Surrey’ Sunday to photographing virtually every single building in Farnham. Farnham is much like Prague in one respect: virtually every single building is like a work of art, impossible to walk past without snapping at least one picture. Everywhere you turn, there is another beautiful motif. So to prevent ‘holiday snap overwhelm’ (and an exceedingly long blog post), I am sharing only my favourite photos in the slideshow below.

  • St Andrew's Church in Farnham and some very pretty sunflowers.


Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England
Beautiful Victoria Garden in Farnham – my last stop before heading back to Devon on Monday morning.

If you’ve only got a few days off this season, you can’t go wrong with a mini summer in Surrey.
I highly recommend it!


Summer in Surrey: The Essence of England
More flowers in Farnham. I wonder where I’ll go next? Maybe, uhm… Bath? 😉


Love, Neens xx

4 comments Add yours
  1. Great photos, Farnham looks lovely, glad you enjoyed your time there. I’m so sorry to read about ‘monkey’s’ brother, it’s never easy when they leave us is it? 🙁

    1. Thank you, Eunice! No, it’s never easy. It happened so quickly as well, so it was quite a shock. Fortunately, he was never in pain – I am grateful for that.

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