A winter visit to ROSEMOOR

It’s been a few years since I last went to the winter sculpture trail at RHS Rosemoor, so I jumped at it when my friend sue suggested it. It was a bit of a bleak day weather wise, grey and overcast and with cold showers that quickly sent us in for coffee and mocha cake. Flashes of bright winter sun and rainbows kept us smiling, as did the sculpture.

Sue and I share some favourites on show, the snail makes us both smile, but the fish that she’s keen on isn’t for me. I’ve admired the work of the creator of the three ladies below for a long time, if I could afford it and had space I’d buy them!

This striking piece above stands just before you enter the main garden, I think the RHS have commissioned it for Rosemoor.

But it might be this one, we were struggling with sideways rain at that point!

On through the garden, there were pieces that would fit anywhere,

We headed to the lake, a tranquil place in all seasons.

Then a sideways diversion to the veggie garden, to shelter from a shower again.


Via this little path, isn’t the light gorgeous?

and then this graceful creature watched quietly as we strolled to Lady Anne’s house.

We had a little walk in Lady A’s garden, but it was gone 3pm and hadn’t eaten a thing since sharing the cake at 11.30, but this is one of the pretty paths she created.

Of course, we’d missed lunch, but instead we shared a savoury afternoon tea of cheese scone with local chutney and posh crisps.

In case you’re wondering, my favourite sculpture this year are the beautitul pine cones!

For the first time in ages, I’m sharing this stroll with lovely Jo for her Monday Walks.

Have a good week.

A flying visit to Wells

On Monday I had 15 minutes to peep inside Well’s Cathedral, my first visit since I was 11 years old. Back then I was too young to really appreciate it, but I do remember enjoying it, especially the moat in the Bishop’s Palace garden.

Of course I stayed just at little longer, I was mesmerised by the light, the stained glass and we also lit a candle for my friends sister Diane, in America who sadly died last week.

Here are just a few pictures of this beautiful place.

Becky knows Wells far better then I do and her post is full of the information that mine lacks.

Returning to Wells for an ecclesiastical stroll

For Lindy and all the Shope family who sadly lost a very special sister.

The creepiest beasts on the planet

I haven’t joined in with the lens-artist challenge for ages but It’s time I did. This week it’s Ann-Christine’s turn to choose the theme and Halloween has made her think of creepy things. Her tunnel lurker is creepy, but the troll is way too cute to scare me.

The idea of spiders spinning around over my head is creepy for me and many other people. Worst of all are crocodilians. I know that some of  my friends down under and around the southern United States come across them and take it in their stride, but for me they are prehistoric and the most hideous creatures.

I think disbelief was what got me out of the bus that day, surely the people  wouldn’t really choose to share their village with them.

And as for this lass from our little group, how creepy that they are both smiling!

A glorious November day

Yes, after the most horrible week of rain and wind today was sunny with blue sky. The dogs were champing at the bit, especially Flora who’s been recovering from her surgery, so  their favourite destination, the valley park, was calling.

I don’t think Jo’s posting a walk this Monday, but this is to wish her a Happy Birthday, have a fabulous week lovely girl 🙂