Springtime at Calke Abbey. 2019
We set off in thick mist this morning to go to Calke Abbey, one of our favourite walks. We came across these little lambkins in one of the fields.
I just love the shape of these pines.
We walked for 3 miles and went to the cafe for a drink, followed by a visit to the 2nd hand bookshop where we bought 4 books between us and had a wander round the NT shop. As the sun had come out we decided to walk up (the very steep hill) to the gardens…….which were well worth it.
The auricula theatre was looking as good as ever and the garden was awash with gorgeous scented wallflowers and tulips.
We left the walled flower garden and wandered off towards the vegetable garden, taking photos of the lovely old brickwork and building.
More lovely borders and a huge wisteria nearly ready to bloom.
Come with me in to the lovely walled vegetable garden where things were really looking good this year.
Gobe artichokes, cardoons, rosemary, a herb bed, rows and rows of potatoes, turnips, broad beans and other goodies. Bee hives in a corner of the orchard.
Just look at these scarecrows…..at least they’re not sexist here!
We walked back through the flower garden and saw some more colourful floral combinations.
Euphorbias and matching tulips and toadflax growing on a wall.
Outside the gardens we saw this fallen yew with lovely bark and deer on a hillside over the park.
Back home I spotted this rather grand sheild bug on the conservatory window and this enterprising magpie who has discovered the fat balls.