Thursday, 1 October 2015

Visit to Burnby Hall Garden and Museum, Pocklington

We had an enjoyable visit to Burnby Hall in Pocklington in the Yorkshire Wolds,   The gardens have been on my “to see” list for ages.  The museum houses hundreds of interesting exhibits, collected by the previous owner of Burnby Hall, Major Percy Stewart, during his travels to every continent in the early 1900s, often accompanied by his wife.
There was still plenty of colour at the end of the Summer plus other delightful touches, although I thought that some of the contemporary sculptures were rather out of place especially in the Victorian Garden.

 The Secret Garden opened out into this lovely open area with statue.

The Upper and Lower Lakes are home to a National Collection of over 100 varieties of Hardy Water Lily.
 The Hall is now used as council offices


The cafe didn’t offer much for vegetarians but I found this in the gift shop reduced from £2.95 to 50p – who else would want post-its with a Yiddish phrase!

While not my favourite garden, it is well worth seeing for the surprises which are revealed around every corner

Monday, 21 September 2015

Annual visit to Northumberland 2015

Blog followers may remember that we have been visiting the area each Autumn for decades and still finding new places to see.
 View of the Farne Islands from opposite the hotel with Tumbler Rocks in the foreground

Walking from Seahouses towards Bamburgh along the beach gave us the opportunity to view the front of the wonderfully positioned Monks House, a building I have long coveted.
 This house, formerly known as Brocksmouth is found in a charter of 1257 which gave land to the Monks of Farne to build a granary, being the nearest point to the Farne Islands.  The main building, now Grade II listed, was built in 1495 and renovated in 1949.
 Shoreston Rocks

During the 1950s artist Eric and his wife Dorothy ran their own Bird Observatory and Field Centre here at Monks House and well known ornithologists including Bill Oddie stayed here.
We looked for the tail fin of a Lancaster bomber which can sometimes be seen here at low tide, but to no avail.

The walk was to take us back to Seahouses past the Arts and Crafts style Shoreston House and Hall which date back to 1913 and a walk along the disused railway line which is now a haven for wildlife.  However, we didn’t manage to find the footpath although we did return by car and locate them .......there’s always next year!

Another “first” was Bolam Lake Country Park, about 9 miles from Morpeth.  The park was constructed about 1817 by Lord Decies of Bolam and bought by Northumberland County Council in 1972. With its many paths, woodland walks and wildlife it is a great space to explore and free to visit and park.  Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the red squirrels, roe deer or great spotted woodpecker advertised ...... but there’s always next year!
 Bolam Lake


Of course we dropped in at some old haunts along the way           


 Bamburgh Castle taken from Golf Club
 New retail outlets and fish market at Amble

Sunday, 16 August 2015

More garden visits

For those of you who enjoy them, here are some gardens I visited with my gardening group. 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

A tale of two gardens

The first garden with its choice of patios, a large pond and woodland walk was ‘loaned’ to us for holding a fundraiser for our allotment.  Rainbow Allotment is for adults with physical and learning difficulties. 
We held a traditional garden party in this wonderfully landscaped garden which, helped by the lovely summer weather, proved to be a financial and social success.

The second garden was Breezy Knees, near York, which we chose to visit for our anniversary. 

  We had previously visited this garden in October and enjoyed the autumn planting.  We were really lucky with the weather and this time we were able to experience a different range of flowers. 

The fact that I managed to find two plants in the nursery which had been on my to-buy list for ages (sedum Red Cauli and eupatorium Little Joe) and will serve as a memento of our anniversary was a bonus.  Breezy Knees is well worth a visit and an RHS card means the holder gets in free. 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Felley Priory

On our way back from our friends' fabulous wedding, we stopped off at Felley Priory.  The garden which is only half a mile from the M1 is on the site of a priory founded in 1156 and has a tea room and nursery which can be accessed without entering the gardens, offering a tranquil alternative to the motorway services.

I was impressed by the layout of this 2.5 acre garden, the wildlife area, perennial borders, topiary and pond.  The roses in the rose garden were mostly still in bud, but there were some old, climbing, highly perfumed varieties against the walls. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Weekend in Lincoln

I spent a lovely weekend in Lincoln with my sisters.  This was my first visit to this interesting city and would not hesitate to recommend a trip to people of all age groups.  The cathedral and castle are reached by a very steep hill, aptly named Steep Hill.  We got the free bus to the top but walked back down which allowed us to browse in the interesting, specialist food and clothes shops.

Selfishly, I am not giving a full review as I may submit a travel review.  However, here a few pictures:

 This cafe was on the oldest bridge with buildings on in UK

 The Glory Hole where the River Witham flows beneath

 Lovely mobile toilets near castle.  Flowers are a trompe d'oeil

 A former synagogue and the oldest stone house in England

 Bike Fest at the waterfront with live music and hundreds of bikes.  Lots of cafes with tables outside giving it a real holiday atmosphere.

 From the other side of Brayford Pool, a natural pond which the Romans made deeper.  Our hotel is opposite.
 View from my room at the Holiday Inn.