Wynyard Gardens – October 2019 – part 2

Part 1 HERE On the way back through the woods, we came across a few interesting bits and bobs. lots of mushrooms everywhere We got back to the formal gardens, no roses as it was late in the year, but a few bits of autumn colour. For more pictures there’s a full album HERE Sophie and I hoped to return here in spring and see the rose garden, but as the corona virus is taking hold in the country now as I write, I’m not sure if that will happen. Stay tooned though, still some more adventures to do!

Wynyard Gardens ~ October 2019

Sophie and I decided to visit Wynyard Gardens even though the flower season was over, we thought we’d do a recce and return in spring if we thought it worthwhile. The gardens are part of the Wynyard Hall estate, currently owned by Sir John Hall, a North East property developer ( and life president of Newcastle United Football Club). We only saw the hall from a distance as it is a very nice hotel now, but the gardens are open to the public all year round. The history bit . ( Cup of tea time 🙂 ) We’ll begin by…

Day 317~366

I have a weekend home alone, as Phil is off to a scale model show in Telford, not back until Sunday night, and I have to cat~sit. Really the cat is doing the sitting, on my trackpad so that I can’t be on the computer, but she didn’t realise I have an emergency mouse, so on we go 🙂 The weather, always with the weather, has been dull, has been raining and cold, so no going out with the camera, but I gathered some fallen leaves from the front garden and did my autumn in a crystal ball shot. This…

Day 279~366

It was a lovely sunny afternoon, though ever so windy and a bit chilly. Frego and I went on a bit of a hike to the old forbidden lake and took some pictures. Stopped to admire the red berry bushes on the way then found the lake had dried up a bit when we got to the spot where I’d taken shots before, So we went to the other side to try and get a better view, though we would then be looking into the sun. It was nice to be out and about in the sun 🙂

Day 277~366

A good thing about summer ending~sunrise is later! Lovely misty one today.  Got up early with Frego and watched it come up over the houses. ‘I am one who eats his breakfast, gazing at morning glories’. Basho

The Fraggle report ~ Eindhoven part 2

Part 1 On the morning of the model show, after I’d had a quick shufty around and taken some shots of the models, I went for a walk with my camera in the surrounding woodlands while Phil perused the models and did some shopping and chatted on with his fellow modeller friends. It was a bright crisp day so nice to catch some sunlight in the autumn leaves. Lots of goodies to see and record. There were some industrial buildings nearby the hotel, but not sure what kind of industry. wooden posts lining the pathway.. and lots of leaves everywhere.. and a…

The Howick Hall Gardens report ~ part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 I’m back from Holland, and of course have come home with more photo’s to get through, so am finishing off my report on Howick Gardens so I’m not too behind. After finding the ginormous leaves, we walked along the riverside to have a look at the church in the grounds. The church is a victorian building, and houses the tomb of the Prime Minister, 2nd Earl Grey, but other than that the interior was a bit boring to be honest. Outside was more interesting, The small stone gargoyles on the exterior of the north wall were all…

The Howick Hall Gardens report ~part 2

Thought I’d crack on with this as I’m off to Holland tomorrow and won’t get chance to post for a few days unless I can figure out how to do it on the iPad. Part 1 and the history bit are HERE so this is basically just more pictures of dead flowers 😀 (I jest). After the Bog Garden we wandered around the rest of the gardens to the back of the Hall A lot of the grass had purple and white crocuses growing through which we thought really strange as they usually appear in spring, however it turns out they are…

The fraggle’s ‘hood report

Had to walk over to Pelaw today to pick up a prescription for Phil, and though it was a blustery day, the sky was blue in a lot of places and everywhere was all coloured up. It’s officially Fall here as of yesterday, and it’s a great time of year for photography.  You’ll notice I use the term Fall, even though I’m English, but… (edumacation bit coming up 🙂 ) The word autumn comes from the ancient Etruscan root autu- and has within it connotations of the passing of the year.It was borrowed by the neighbouring Romans, and became autumnus. After the Roman era the word continued to be…