Upton House, Near Banbury.
After the beautiful weekend weather it was a dank, damp day when we set off to meet friends, Liam and Liz, at Upton House.
We had an uneventful journey, though, and were soon close to our destination.
Liam and Liz were waiting in the car park so we showed our cards to the office and set off up the drive towards the house.
We decided to look at the plants before we left and made our way to the spacious, quiet restaurant for a hot drink and a catch up before embarking on a trip round the gardens.
A glimpse of a long abandoned swimming pool as we made our way down to the Mirror Pool at the bottom of a steep slope.
The water in here was really clear.
I thought I’d butter Liam up as I rather fancied the jacket he was wearing!
How do you fancy doing your vegetable gardening on that sloping bed you can see over the pool?
Lots of primroses and daffodils about to burst in to flower.
We walked on and looked down to the bog garden and stew ponds…..they did think there may have been a monastery here at some time.
This yew tree and its bark was just lovely.
The cottage above the bog garden used to be a banqueting house but is now a holiday cottage called…….Bog Cottage, what else! Liz and I loved the look of it.
Looking up at these huge cedars before making our way back to the house. This handsome chap came round the corner and was happy to be stroked.
We were all feeling peckish so went back to the restaurant. I shall take you round the house when we have finished our lunch!