Howick Gardens ~ February 2020

Sophie and I have visited Howick Gardens a couple of times prior to this post, in October 2015 and July 2017, but there’s something different happening there all year round, and this time we went to see the snowdrops.

If you want the history of the gardens it’s in the first link there, if not, on with the pretty pictures!

Although it was quite cold, we had a clear blue sky, and the snowdrops were out in force. I had my FujiXT2 + my 16mm fujinon & my helios lens, with me and my Canon EOS 100 FN with a roll of portra 400 in it.

fuji + 16mm

It was lovely to see the snowdrops carpeting everywhere, and to hear the birds singing, and nice to be out in the fresh air.

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Canon ~ close up.
Fuji + helios

As we walked around the estate, we got a fab view of the Hall.

Fuji + 16mm

There is a church in the grounds

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and a chap on his hands and knees amongst the grave stones, macro-ing the snowdrops.

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Such a sad grave stone in the cemetery

Ellen aged 11 mths 1901, Euphemia 4 mths 1908, David aged 8 1914.
Fuji + helios
Fuji + helios.

Just a short one today, nice to remember being out and about and not have to stop breathing when coming across other out and abouters!

Fraggle Report~Howick Hall Gardens ~ June 2017~ Rollei edition

Last weekend Sophie and I tromped off to Howick Hall Gardens, as the last time we went was in October 2015 and it was very autumnal, you can see that post and learn about the history of the Hall HERE

This time I decided to take the rollei only so was limited to 25 shots, but as readers of The Other Place blog will know, things didn’t go as planned! Anyway, here are the 15 shots that survived.

Every pathway was lined with gorgeous flowering bushes

 

It’s a long walk around the gardens and there are plenty of places to stop and rest if you need to

There’s a beautiful lake

and though we were warned to keep away from viscious swans protecting their young, they were quite happy to be photographed by us šŸ™‚

Wild flowers everywhere too

Lady Howick’s private garden was open for the day too

Fingers crossed the next Rollei outing will be more successful!

 

 

 

The Howick Hall Gardens report ~ part 3

Part 1Ā 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.

Sluice gates on the river,
Sluice gates on the river,

fruits of the Big Leaves
fruit of the GinormousĀ Leaves

Bridge to the church
Bridge to the church

The church is a victorian building, and houses the tomb ofĀ the Prime Minister, 2nd Earl Grey, but other than that the interior was a bit boring to be honest. Outside was more interesting,

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window

church door
church door

heads up
heads up

The small stone gargoyles on the exterior of the north wall were all carved by Maria, 3rd Countess Grey, who was a good amateur artist, but sadly she never got round to doing the south side.

Children didn’t always live too long in this era..

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Lilian, aged 2, & Sylvia, born and died on the same day.

Lots of leaves to be found with rain drops decorating them..

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and some really fine spidey webs..

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After Church we went back to the Hall for lunch in the Earl Grey Tea House, which was beautiful

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The Earl Grey Tea House

I had a rather lush duck & orange pate on toast …

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And then back outside to walk it off and take a few more shots before going home.

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eyeballing the competition

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another big leaf
another big leaf

lost feather
lost feather

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those were all taken with the Fuji XT1 using the 60mm macro lens (much maligned in the Fuji owners world!) and my 18-55mm zoom. But of course I always take the iPhone along and these next few are from the phone.

The Hall
The Hall

Sophie on a bridge
Sophie on a bridge

odd one out
odd one out

contemplation
contemplation

Topless
Topless

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and that was the end of our day out.

Now to sort out my next lot of photo’s,

laters gaters

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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 HEREĀ so this is basically just more pictures of dead flowers šŸ˜€ (I jest). After the Bog Garden we wandered around the rest of theĀ gardens to the back of the Hall

gate detail
gate detail

dead flower :)
dead flower šŸ™‚

avenue of pots
avenue of pots

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crocuses??
crocuses??

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 autumn crocuses, colchicums no less,Ā ItsĀ leaves,Ā cormĀ andĀ seedsĀ areĀ poisonous. MurderessĀ Catherine WilsonĀ is thought to have used it to poison a number of victims in the 19th century.

Howick Hall
Howick Hall

You can see why I didn’t shoot many pictures with the sky included. I suppose I could replace it in potatoshop, but it belongs to the day, so there it stays.

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lots of poison
lots of poison

Autumn foliage now..

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could have done with just a bit of sun though!

We came across some ginormous leaves..

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and even more ginormous leaves..

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Sophie took one of me holding a leaf so you can see how big they are

me & ginormous leaves
me & ginormous leaves (courtesy of Sophie Cormack)

I have hamster cheeks!!! Where did THEY come from!!??

Well, that’ll do for now, back to the packing, have a fab weekend wordypeeps

laters gaters

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The Howick Hall Gardens report ~ part 1

Our Indian Summer ended on Friday evening, and Sophie and I had planned on going to Howick Hall Gardens no Saturday. It was foggy and dull grey when we set off, and it remained grey and dull the whole day in spite of Ā telling each other it might brighten up in a bit. The good news is that it was fine weather to employ the 60mm fuji macro lens, soft light combined with no wind. Ā So Ā first…ta.dah….

The Edumacation.

Earl Grey is a famous guy if you drink the tea he invented, and Howick Hall wasĀ his ancestral gaff.Ā The tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, to suit the water from the well at Howick, using bergamot in particular to offset the taste of the lime in it.Ā  Lady Grey used it in London when entertaining as a political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others, which is how Twinings came to market it and it is now sold worldwide.Ā  Sadly the Greys, being unbusinesslike, failed to register the trade mark and as a result they have never received a penny in royalties. Ā Charles was Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834, during which time the Great Reform Bill of 1832 was passedĀ startingĀ the process of parliamentary reform which eventually led to our modern democracy. I bet David Cameron wouldn’t have failed to register the trademark!!

I’ll spare you the house history as it isn’t open to the public.Ā The gardens at Howick are primarily the work of Charles, 5th Earl Grey, his wife Mabel, and their daughter Lady Mary Howick between 1920 and 2001. They established and maintained an informal and natural style of gardening first advocated by William Robinson in the late 19th Century, which completely replaced the more formal Victorian planting of their ancestors. All that is left of the old garden are some of the mature trees; all else was swept away.

and onto the pretty pictures…

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Howick Hall

First we visited the Bog Garden, which is a load of plants around a pond in a boggy area, a lot of the plants are exotic fromĀ India, North America, New Zealand, Japan, China and Europe (just about the whole world then šŸ™‚ )

To the bog garden
To the bog garden

The Bog Garden
The Bog Garden

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Of course a lot of the flowering plants were done for the year, but I like shooting the aftermath..

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holding on..
holding on..

podules
podules

clover

empty clover

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That will do for part 1, I do like taking macro’s of plants, it forces you to see stuff you wouldn’t normally notice, and the complicated structure and patterns involved in them are mind boggling really.

laters gaters

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