I was lucky to hit a sunny period between heavy showers and storms when I went for a walk last week. As I entered the heather garden I noticed two robins washing themselves in puddles and was fortunate enough to get a picture of one of them.
The light was strange and most of my shots were over-exposed but the blend of nature’s colours was breath-taking. After so much rain this month, the grass is lush and very green, which contrasts brilliantly with the purple heather and the red berries that are appearing on various trees.
I read this week that the temperatures this August have been below average. This is the only month this year to be cooler than average. It has also been wet, as have eight of the past thirteen Augusts. As I have noted before this has resulted in very early signs of autumn.
Some of the photo’s I took this week reflect this but in others the bright green grass makes it look more like spring.
Walking along this valley a movement caught my eye and I stopped when this small deer came in sight. My stillness was rewarded when another one followed and I was able to take photo’s as they crossed to the trees on the other side, grazing as they went. As I was about to move on a bigger deer appeared. This one seemed more wary and after checking all around, it quickly galloped across the grass to join the others before disappearing into the trees.
The heat and dry weather over the past few weeks has dried the land considerably but there was still plenty to see inside the gardens. I expected to see some birds but this pheasant was an unexpected bonus
The main building was designed to blend into the land and this is aided by a bank of beautiful wild flowers at the front. Inside, interior partitions have been removed and the underside of the roof can be seen rippling away in each direction from the entrance.
It was a hot day and the stream had almost dried up but there were things to be found flourishing outside in these conditions.
Inside the glass house I discovered more exotic plants although the temperature was barely higher than outside.
My final destination was the rose garden which has an elevated viewing platform. I believe that wall built along the boundary at this point was made from bricks recovered from London after the blitz in WWII.