Walled Garden

When I finished work at the end of June I had lots of plans for the summer months, including days out in the sun. The summer didn’t quite happen and there has hardly a day gone by without rain at some point during the day. I have enjoyed my time; having space for myself, clearing my thoughts, catching up with my reading backlog and other things that I didn’t have time for whilst I was at work. I have however been yearning for a sunny day or two to entice me out into the big blue yonder with my camera in hand.

Walled Garden

Pumpkin Heaven

Today was not quite that sunny day but a sudden burst of sunshine before noon tempted me to go out for lunch at Attingham Park. After lunch I set off to the walled garden which is one of my favourite parts of the property. The project to restore the walled garden started in 2008 and I have enjoyed watching it progress over the years.

Glasshouse

Glasshouse

Walled Garden Project

Whilst I was in the garden I felt a few spots of rain. I reminded the weather that rain wasn’t forecast! The raindrops ceased until I was in one of the glasshouses. The rain then sprinkled a playful tune on the glass for a few minutes before deciding to comply with the weather forecast.

River View

When I had finished enjoying the walled garden I took the pathway of the ‘Mile Walk’, one of my favourite walks when I am on a solo visit. Along the way I sat on a bench to enjoy one of the viewpoints. A gentleman stopped to chat to me, asking me if I was having a nice day whilst his family walked on ahead of him. We got into a conversation, where he explained this was his first visit, had I been before… After our brief exchange he continued on his way to catch up with his family.

Me sitting on a bench and people stopping to chat with me is a common theme when I visit Attingham Park :-)

River View

Sleepy Deer

When I had completed the ‘Mile Walk’ I made my way past the house and down towards the river. I had hoped to walk in a secret garden which I was shown a few years ago on a guided tour, but unfortunately it currently roped off. Instead I was treated to the delight of the deer herd quite close to the pathway leading to the deer park. The ladies were in the distance but the gentlemen were sitting quite close to the pathway.

After this unexpected encounter I made my way back to the cafe where I treated myself to a delicious peach and almond slice, which I had spotted whilst I was buying my lunchtime sandwich.

Shropshire Landscape

6 Comments CherryPie on Aug 22nd 2017

6 Responses to “A Lunchtime Expedition”

  1. The Yum List says:

    Oh would you just look at those pumpkins! Green with envy – I would love to grow my own food. :-)

  2. Amfortas says:

    Its a hard life, but someone has to do it. All this quiet, slow living for your own pleasures bizzo, rather than the everyday slavery for Herselves in Buck House and No 10. You are the one that adds the sunshine.

  3. Ginnie says:

    I think you’re getting a good hang on retirement, Cherry, sun or no sun. Easy as it goes. Soon you’ll be so disorganized you won’t understand why there isn’t enough time to do everything! :)

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