We set off for Peterborough to have coffee with our friends, Liam and Liz before they drove us to Anglesey Abbey. At Melton we were following a vehicle which did 40 mph all the way to Stamford and only managed to lose it on the A1!
After coffee we piled in to Liam’s Volvo and set off…..again at 40 mph most of the way because they are doing things to the road. However, we did arrive safely to a packed car park…..apparently it is always busy there. We decided to have an early lunch so, fortified with bangers, mash and cabbage, we set off round the gardens. The first thing I noticed was that the hebe was blooming.
This was the beginning of the winter walk and there were all sorts of flowers, shrubs and trees, beautifully planted and presented. Look at these dogwoods.
I must explain that this was a house and garden which appeared to be obsessed with the “human form” in the shape of statues and, inside the house, pictures and statues……I had to look away
Love is in the air in the ladybird department and I saw a yellow brimstone butterfly flying past. But this was the star performer, what we had really come to see and these beautiful Betula Jaquemontii were underplanted with chionodoxa and scillas…..fabulous.
Leaving that behind we wandered on towards Lode Mill where the boys went to look at the workings and Liz and I strolled by the river.
I’m not sure what the yellow flower is, I must research that one. The whole river bank was planted with comfrey. As you can see, Liz had no qualms at admiring the statuary!!”
I will take you round the house shortly.