Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Weekend Meanderings

Can’t believe its been a year since we first discovered Randwick Wap and here we are again. It doesn’t get any more quintessentially rural England than this. Parade and dunking of the ‘mayor’ and ‘wap queen’, rolling of the cheeses, country fair and, of course, Morris Dancing.

Laskett Gardens

Created by Sir Roy Strong and his wife, designer Julia Trvelyan Oman in the 70’s, its major influences are Italian renaissance and formal Tudor/Stuart tradition.

During the war the house was used as the Canadian High Commission

The garden, containing many inter connecting garden rooms, has a number monuments and decorative features


and, of course, tea n cakes

And topiary

Whitfield House and Gardens

Whitfield lies at the centre of the former hunting forest of Treville, part of the Royal Forest of Haywood. Records of the area date back to the C12.

Amongst its impressive features – Camellia glass house

lemons for the G&T

Pinetum with some impressive sequoias

The now disused canal has been transformed into a number of small fishing lakes. The lower lake had a folly castle ruin built on its small island.

nesting swans

and wonderful woodland walks

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