Raby Castle Revisited Again! – August 2019

The thing with some places, like Raby Castle, Alnwick Castle, and a few other sites not part of English Heritage or National Trust but run privately, is that you buy a ticket to get in to the place, which isn’t always cheap, but allows you to visit as many times as you like within a year of buying it. Raby Castle is well worth a few visits and though we’d been back in May, we wanted a return trip to do the butterflies in the beautiful gardens there, always a spectacle. This year was the year of the painted ladies…

Cragside – Rhododendrons June 2019

It’s cold here in the UK, the summer flowers have gone and the autumn leaves blown away, so let’s take a walk through the estate at Cragside and remember warmer times. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson   “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature”. Steve Maraboli “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Laura Ingalls Wilder “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”…

Raby Castle Revisited – May 2019

Back in August 2018 Sophie and I went off to visit Raby Castle and had a great time chasing deer around the place. When you buy a ticket to get in there, it lasts for a whole year, so we revisited in May when the spring flowers were popping up.  The castle itself is a grand castle, so much to see, so much history, and a deer park in the extensive grounds and I did a 7 part series on it last year.  The history of the castle, and the Neville and Vane families who held it, is quite fascinating,…

Wallington Walled Garden ~ February 2019

Regular readers might remember my posts of the wonderful interior at Wallington Hall back in October 2018, if not, check it out HERE if you like. In February Sophie and I revisited the walled gardens as we had heard about the field of crocuses/crocusi/croci (whatever plural you prefer) on display. On our way to the garden, we took in the view across the fields from Wallington Hall. There was a ‘plant some snowdrops’ thing going on where the public could help the gardeners populate areas with snowdrops, but there were quite a few parents and kids doing it, and we…

Wallington ~October 2018 ~ part 2

part 1 HERE After wandering around the walled garden (see part 1) we then went into the large conservatory and took some photos of the flowers and bits and bobs.   there were a few different types of Fuschia     the glass house is definitely full of flowery goodness   A nice detail set into the wall We left the glass-house and had a wander up to the bird feeding station     It was nearing lunchtime for us too, so we walked back up to the house, past the lake and boat shed   A heron took flight out…

Stockton on Tees~ Butterfly House ~ Part 2

I thought I’d just do one more post from the Butterfly House before we move back into History and visit Raby Castle. Part 1 HERE I don’t know what make this little bird is, but he was flying about inside the butterfly house.   As well as butterflies, there’s a separate section for Meerkats and reptiles.       There are some lovely ponds and details   but I love the flowers and butterflies the best                 I think that gives you an idea of how lovely it is to spend time in…

Stockton on Tees ~ July 2018~ The Butterfly House

A little break from history and people. Stockton -on- Tees, not a name to conjure up images of steamy jungles or cocktails on the river boat. But Sophie and I know Stockton has an amazing huge glass building full of exotic blooms, plants and butterflies we just don’t see over here in the outside world. The chap who started it collected them from all over the world, and now they just perpetuate in Stockton, their ancestry is diverse, but these are many generations on so have British passports. 😀 😀 No funny captions, just some pretties to look at, so…

Aydon Castle & a poppyfest ~ June 2018

Part 1 HERE After exploring the interior of the castle we went outside and had a wander too. The back end of the castle is right next to a very steep ditch, but there’s a path to walk around it, Lots of daisies heading down the valley   and flowers growing by the castle walls       and then we walked down to the poppy field, passed some horses who wouldn’t stop stuffing their faces for a photo 😦 The sky started out blue so I got a few shots of the poppies against the sky     there…

Durham Botanical Gardens ~ May 2018 ~ part 2

Part 1 HERE After we exited the hot glass house we toddled off around the grounds, So many different blossoms and blooms everywhere                 As the Gardens are part of the University Campus, on sunny days the students come here to study, or chat, or be romantic 🙂                 So that’s all for today folks, stay tooned for the Bluebell Woods just across from the Gardens.