Tag: garden

Calke Abbey Ancient Parkland Walks Through the Seasons

My family and I love to return to Calke Abbey in Ticknall, time and time again, we seem to find ourselves discovering more trails to walk each time and uncovering more of its secrets on every visit. The house is wonderful, in fact, my favourite stately home simply because of its quirky eccentricities which show through the reclusive, quirky character of the Harpur-Crewe family.  Sir Vauncey Harpur-Crewe 10th Baronet especially so, he was an avid collector, his main collection, among many other things and his main compulsion was with his collection of stuffed animals, of which there are hundreds! Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire is not actually an Abbey...

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Squirrels and Birds Around Museum Gardens York

It was a frosty and yet sunny day. A day that called for me to have a meeting in York so never went out with a photographic purpose. I will always have a camera on me though when out, be it just the smartphone camera or as today I had my Kodak Pixpro 4KVR360. A handy small camera for capturing the world around in 360. I had a little time before catching my bus back home and called into York Museum Gardens. Always a pleasant place to walk around. And the squirrels were out in force, hunting for nuts...

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The Old Durham Gardens

Durham is a wonderful City for river walks. Being a small compact City it only takes literally minutes to be within peaceful countryside surroundings. Be they woodlands, open fields or small hilltops with great views. Head South out of the City on the River Wear, on the Eastern side, and within a mile you can find a historic garden, totally away from any hustle and bustle. In fact this is just one of many great stops along a walk I will detail for you soon. Old Durham Gardens are really hidden away seemingly in the middle of the countryside,...

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Durham – The Botanic Garden

A feast for the eyes, a feast for the mind. Exactly how I felt taking in the Durham University Botanic Gardens during my weekend break in the City. I took it in as part of a much bigger walk that I shall talk about separately but this place made me pause and slow down and enjoy walking amongst colour and scenery. Situated near Greys College as part of Durham University it is located away from any hustle and bustle yet not far from the centre at all. An Oasis on the edge of the City of Durham that has...

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Sitio Litre – The Orchid Garden of Tenerife

The oldest garden on the island of Tenerife. Not the biggest attraction but yet a very interesting one and a wonder for the senses too! If you are ever visiting Puerto de la Cruz in the North of the island then this is a recommended stop. It is hard to see in the modern setup of the city but this was once ‘the’ big private mansion of the area built in 1730 as a convent originally. The gardens are open to the public, full of history with famous names for visitors gone by, plus open to the public to...

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Clumber Park, Discovering the Gems

Clumber park is a sprawling, 3,800 acres (15 km²) country park near Worksop in Nottinghamshire. The lake alone covers around 87 acres (352,000 m²) and is a popular circuit for walking, cycling or running. On route as a bonus there’s a coffee stop or an ice-cream along the way, it’s a lovely way to relax. The serpentine lake originally took 15 years to build.   I love a good stroll and I most of all like to explore and have an adventure,  at Clumber park there’s lots to see and do, there’s an enormous expanse of woodland and heathland to ramble through, the beautiful serpentine lake to stroll around to your hearts content and plenty of places to have an adventure, that is why I...

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