Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Dartington Hall Gardens.

Just over a week ago, we ventured to Dartington Hall Gardens.

And a delightful trip it was too!

If I ever had the chance to study somewhere, I'd choose here! 

My dream would be to have a room overlooking the fine courtyard

and be a student, forever.

It was a beautiful day and we wandered to our hearts' content!

The photos speak for themselves.

This wonderful setting appeals to one's senses.

The sights are stunning!

There is a constant noise of birdsong!

The smells are rich and sweetly perfumed.

You can touch the beautiful barks of the trees.

And you might not be able to taste much but you

certainly gain a real taste for nature!

As for the sense of feeling...oh my!

It is hard to describe it but I came away feeling that

a trip here really helped to put things into perspective.

When we reached here, we had a treat...a Treecreeper was flitting around

 as well as creeping about.

What a delight and ...all for free.

To the families and the Darlington Trust who have cared for and nurtured these beautiful gardens,

I think they are owed a huge thank you. 

I loved this trip.

It cost nothing to go into the gardens...just a small parking fee...

and a donation at the main gate if you feel that you'd like to do so.

I'd say that was a jolly good bargain!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

A Grand Garden Festival! ;-)

On Friday, we took our annual visit to Toby Buckland's Garden Festival!

What a terrific treat!

The usual welcoming party was waiting to greet us...

And off we went...

One of my favourite displays is always Phillipa's fine array of

vintage garden goodies.

(Anyone for lacrosse?)

Having read Katie's blog, I was delighted/thrilled/ecstatic to

 find that Lavender and Leeks 

would also be at Powderham, this year!

It was so good to meet Katie and her dad.

Of course, there was so much more on which to feast one's eyes...

And I've not even mentioned the plants!

 favourite of all of the displays was...

...this little hobbit house.

Oh, for one of these at the bottom of the garden!!

An absolutely lovely day!