Rosemary Conley - A few of my favourite things
08:33 31 May 2010
Favourite place Ashby Folville, between Leicester and Melton Mowbray
This is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt villages in the east of Leicestershire... and it is also extremely dear to my heart as its the place I call home.
It has an ancient church, a cricket green and a fete each summer in fact, I always think that it is reminiscent of the type of village that is seen in Midsomer Murders!
But despite it being a small village theres a true sense of community here and each year my husband and I host an event called Music in the Meadow.
The event raises in excess of 20,000 for charities each year.
Favourite walk Ashby Folville to Barsby
Leicestershire has some fantastic countryside to offer and Im very fond
of Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill.
But when Im at home, theres a bridleway which runs between Ashby Folville and Barsby which runs through some glorious countryside.
Most weekends I can be found walking my dog named Waise along this lovely route.
Favourite restaurant or pub Carrington Arms, in Ashby Folville
In all honesty, I dont tend to dine out all that much as past experience has taught that other diners tend to watch to see what I order.
My husband and I are far more likely to have friends round for a meal. But on the odd occasion we do venture out, it tends to be to the Carrington Arms.
Favourite building various
Being Leicestershire born and bred, Im very fond of the Old John Tower, in Bradgate Park, and from being young have always found its unusual shape highly appealing.
Ive long considered Launde Abbey, in East Norton, which is owned by the
church to be a truly peaceful place.
Im also incredibly fond of Ashby Folville Manor which I call home because its steeped in 500 years worth of history and my husband and I have worked hard to restore it.
Favourite museum or art gallery Newarke Houses Museum, in Leicester
I remember visiting this museum as a child and staring at the painting of Daniel Lambert who was at one time the fattest man in the country.
I believe that it could have been this painting that sparked my initial
interest in diet and fitness.
Favourite memory of Leicestershire many
Leicestershire holds so many lovely memories for me... and particularly the village of Countesthorpe where I grew up. An early nice memory is being taken to the neighbouring village of Whetstone for a picnic.
A few years later, I clearly recall the enjoyment I got from walking to another neighbouring village called Cosby with my friend Elizabeth who
now lives in Australia to go fishing
And another favourite memory of Leicestershire was holding pet shows
with my childhood friends on long hot summer afternoons in the garden at home.
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