Friday, 26 August 2011

Wakehurst Place

On our last day we visited Wakehurst Place, which is maintained by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Mark and I came here many times 'back in the day' and loved the peace and tranquility of the gardens. It was somewhat less peaceful and tranquil with the Podlings, but the garden was just as beautiful as we remembered. We had a quick look inside the Elizabethan house (looking round National Trust properties with Podlings is very stressful!), but spent most of the time in the garden. We didn't get to see very much this time as the Podlings were too tired to walk far, but we enjoyed what we did see.

We were greeted by this wonderful carpet of cyclamen as we entered the gardens.

 The Podlings looking like butter wouldn't melt! Tom is sporting Mark's cricket hat.

The Podlings and me under one of the magnificent Californian redwoods in the garden. I'm just under 5' 2" if you want to get some idea of just how tall this tree is.  

 Tom and Mummy!

 "Cower" (Emma's word for flower)

 Tom and cannon

 One of the stained glass windows in the chapel of the house

 The sundial was surprisingly accurate, though obviously didn't account for British summer time

 "Mighty oaks from little acorns grow". The English Oak is my favourite tree and I have seen some magnificent specimens during our visit to Sussex.

 It seemed only fitting to get a picture of Lily by the lily pond

Lily and Mummy!

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