Tuesday, 14 June 2011
As promised some photos of our visit last Friday to Hestercombe. Our visit to Forde Abbey last year with the same friends on a beautiful sunny June day was always going to be a hard act to follow and the fact that Friday was showery in the morning and downright wet in the afternoon made this visit less interesting than it might otherwise have been but nothing daunted - we are after all English and don't let a bit of rain put us off - we set off to walk the woodland walk...
It wasn't raining all the time as you can see here....
...but here we had to stand beneath a tree for a while watching the raindrops bouncing off the lake!
Those wealthy landowners really knew where to build their houses didn't they? What a view this would be on a sunny day.
Clouds rolling in now and we made haste across this field to the shelter of the cafe! Good lunch of soup and home made bread and we were ready to see the formal gardens - this time it wasn't showers but continuous rain!
You can see how dry it had been though by the brown grass. Sadly many of the plants were past their best and sodden in the rain so it wouldn't be fair to judge the garden on this one visit.
This was very pretty and I imagine in better weather the rest of the garden would appear more exciting too.
I loved these steps with their little decoration of ferns - but you can see how wet it was can't you?
Last but by no means least a big THANK YOU for all your kind wishes for Thomas - he was signed off at the vet's yesterday and though he will continue to need plenty of TLC and a bit more fattening up he had his first outing yesterday afternoon and seemed to enjoy a little potter in the sunshine - he is an old lad now being 15+ years old - so it will take a while to get him back to normal I dare say.
Hopefully his fur will not take too long to grow back and already has a velvety feel!