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…

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…

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 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  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.  So  first…ta.dah…. The Edumacation. Earl Grey is a famous guy if you drink the tea he invented, and Howick Hall was his ancestral gaff. The tea was…