I was driving my family down a tight country lane in the Cotswold’s, following dry-stacked stone walls. Motoring along on the other side of the road, on the other side of the car, driving a stick-shift with my left hand and dodging oversized lorries – this was the beginning of our exploration of the English country side looking for a few of its great historic manors and gardens. This trip had been planned as a musical pilgrimage, my wife’s choir singing Evensong in five great cathedrals from London to Canterbury, Exeter to Salisbury, and me sketching my way through the same. As landscape designer and architect, Heidi and I were taking this opportunity to share our passion for all things English with our two…