Showing posts from August, 2013

Admiral's Advice:Kew Card:Eggy Skies.

 "Cheltenham Expects.......... Gentlemen, your goal task this afternoon is to ensure a net profit. " COYR! RrrrrrrrrrrrrRrrrrrrrrR Last Wednesday ( 28/ 8 ), on a beautiful sunny day, D. and I visited The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew,  London.   Kew Everything looked fresh and vibrant, The eye was spoilt for choice and it was clear to me that that creative thinking personnel not merely gardeners had been employed there. Here, you see a good example. Look closely and you will notice that vegetables have been arranged like flower borders. Here, we see roses and plants, as part of an afternoon tea set. In the above we see natural materials, being used as sculptures. There was an impressive  tree-walk across the tree-line. and of course plants and foliage abounded everywhere. Finally, two shots from the Japanese Garden at  Kew. There is a wondelful sense of time c

Dovecote: Edge Hill: Flower Power: Admiral's Advice.

Last Sunday (  18/ 8 ) saw D. and I in the  village of Naunton, near Stow on the Wold. We were embarking on a 'Treasure Trail, ' a Christmas present which had not been used. It proved to be great fun and will be continued in the Slaughters at a later date. It made us really look at details on the walk at this  most quintessential Cotswold village. It was very quiet with the majority of the populace, either  indoors or on holiday. I did see in sparkling condition a vintage car ( possibly a  Bugatti ?) being driven around. The smell of real money was in the air. One of the clues led us to a very interesting building, an old Dovecote. This Dovecote, we learnt, was thought to be 500 years old; was a Grade11 building and has some 1175 nest holes. I liked the  ( H & S )  sign; " Enter at your own risk. " We didn't take up the offer. DddddddddddddDdddddD On Tuesday of last week ( 20 / 8 ) D. and I made our way to Edge Hill in Warwicksh

What! More Gromits!: Wye and Nelson: Come On You Robins.

Caught up with 'Wallace' at Cribbs Causeway, last Monday  ( 13/8.) Here I was able to 'Bag ' two more Gromits.  "Antique Rose " Location: The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.  "The Green Gromit " Location: The Mall, Cribbs Causeway. This super-fun idea, has of course a serious purpose. On September 3rd,  the eighty Gromits will be auctioned for charity, in aid of  Bristol's Children's Hospital. A truly worth -while project. GggggggggggggggGggggggG Last Friday ( 16/8 ) D. and I made our way to a sunny Monmouth. Here, we found the local museum, which had some interesting exhibits of Admiral Horatio Nelson, including dress, accoutrements and a model of his ship, " HMS Victory. " Lord Nelson visited Monmouth on 19th August 1802. To celebrate this, a garden was  commemorated to him. The Museum, came as a bequest to Monmouth upon the death in 1923 of Lady G

Flower Power: Painting The Lavender.

On 2nd August 2013, D. and I visited the National Trust property Hidcote Manor. The garden borders were bright and verdant; a little different from when we last visited in April. Some colours for you to admire. FfffffffffffffFfffffffffffffff Last Wednesday (7 / 8 ) D. and  I were at another NT property; ' Great Charfield Manor and Garden. ' Great Charfield Manor. The above fun picture, was taken in the tea and coffee barn and shows a visual display of the garden, including a rolling DVD of the seasons at Charfield. The garden borders, like Hidcote were full of high summer colour. We were not able to view all of the garden, because the location was being used by Channel Four for a period costume drama set in the late seventeenth century. We were told by the NT lady, in the entrance tent, that the film people had to paint the lavender, owing to the colour having