We decided to take ourselves and our brollies to Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill and his beloved cat, Jock. Unfortunately photos were not allowed inside the house or art studio (TIL Churchill was quite a good painter as well as a politician), which was a shame because the modesty and domesticity of the house was a lovely surprise and the paintings were very nice too. Another missed photo opportunity was of the lovely Jock VI. Since the National Trust opened the house, Churchill's family requested that there always be a ginger cat named Jock, with a white bib and four white socks, in residence in Chartwell (this makes me infinitely happy) - I was so chuffed to say hello to him, but he was clearly used to avoiding the paparazzi and whizzed by before we could get the camera out! He does have a Facebook page, though, if you're curious (as all moggies should, really).
There's something about autumn which makes me want to wrap up, jump in the car and visit every National Trust property in Kent. Does anyone have any recommendations? I've got an itch to explore.