Tuesday, 20 August 2013


Ever since we moved to Wiltshire five years ago, I've had a hankering to visit Stourhead, and now we live that bit closer, it's only a twenty minute drive from home. However, it's not somewhere that really appealed to the Green Man, so when my friend Kate came down to stay I had the ideal excuse to go there.

As the weather was dry and sunny, we opted to do the garden walk - the options were to see the house, or the garden, or both. There were two walks, a two mile one and a shorter one mile one, and as we weren't pushed for time we chose to do the two mile walk. I think "Garden Walk" is a bit of a misnomer, as the garden was really much more of a park, but never-the-less, it didn't disappoint. In fact, quite the opposite, it was lovely, really lovely. The main feature was a lake in a valley, surrounded by woodland and various follies. You can read the history of the house and gardens here.

As is usual on any outing, I took loads and loads of photos, I've made a selection of some of my favourites (you have been warned!).

At the end of our walk we had a lovely cream tea in The Spread Eagle, a proper pub actually inside the estate, and then had a browse in the National trust shop, where Kate bought me a lovely plant for my garden (which will appear in a blog of its own soon).

All in all, a lovely day out, well worth a visit if you are in the area. (Although with the caution that, lovely as it is, I wouldn't recommend that you go there with children, it's not particularly child unfriendly, but while I cant speak for the house, there is nothing particularly aimed at or for the entertainment or amusement of children in the gardens.)

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Heaven's Gate

We're still discovering new and interesting places to visit in this lovely area that we find ourselves in. Yesterday we took a picnic lunch out to Heaven's Gate, a hilltop viewpoint overlooking Longleat House and Park.

In the distance we could see Frome.

We had to walk through a small section of Longleat Forest to get back to the car park.

and when we got back to our car, this gorgeous beastie was parked next to us.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Ten on the 10th

As I expect to be pretty busy during the course of today, my ten on the tenth have been collected over the course of the last couple of days. I love this monthly meme, if you would like to see other interpretations or join in yourself, please click here.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Summer Scavenger Hunt

One of the things we have to find is an aeroplane. I live on the edge of Salisbury Plain, which is a military area, and also a no-fly area so we see very little in the way of aircraft overhead apart from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance which has clearance to fly across the plain if heading towards Salisbury Hospital with an injured or ill passenger.

So my hunt took a different turn, I know it might be considered cheating, but it was still a hunt - through my archives - to find photos from last year's holiday (late September). And this is the one I chose.

We had just taken off from Southampton Airport, and you can see a plane on the ground, the shadow of our plane, and one of the engines that was powering our flight, through the aeroplane window.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

My new challenge - Views from my Windows

Yesterday I mentioned a new challenge that I've set for myself, another series of photos taken over the course of a year, to be posted monthly, and it takes the form of "Views from my Windows", I'm doing from my kitchen window, my bedroom window, the lounge/front room window, my studio (workplace), from my back door and a random garden shot. If you would like to join in please do, you could use my prompts or choose some of your own.

So, without further ado, here are my shots for August (please click on the picture to enlarge).

Kitchen window, my kitchen overlooks the back garden, and I have tomatoes in pots along the wall beneath the window.

Bedroom window, looking north-eastwards towards Copheap on a misty morning

Lounge window, looking at the front garden, which is a work in progress

From my studio/workplace. Leaning out of the open window, looking eastwards over gardens and rooftops, I can see the edge of Salisbury Plain in the distance

Right outside my back door is the pergola over the deck, and currently the clematis is in full flower

My favourite segment of the garden at the moment is this colourful patch of nasturtiums and another clematis

Please leave a comment if you would like to join in, then I'll investigate the options for adding a linky.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The park over the last 12 months

Wow, what an exciting morning, I find my dear little blog has had over 60,000 views since I started in January 2010. Thank you all so much, my lovely followers and readers, it means a lot to me. Although I started this blog just for me it gives me real pleasure to know it's being read by others of you out there in various places all over the world.

And, as the title suggests, here are the twelve views of the park, taken over the past year, in chronological order.

I've decided to give myself another monthly challenge involving views from my windows, please pop back tomorrow for more details.