Promise not fulfilled……

 

 

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Even the Meadow Gate  is on lockdown !

( or…Furlowed in the Furlong )

Saturday and the forecast was for more blue sky and temperatures reaching a possible 24c..  For the greater part of today it has been rather dull and uninspiring….. also been cold  with a north wind.

A shame we had no sunshine, the  meadow Buttercups are starting to spread and reach upwards for the  energy giving sun….  they still added their own sunshine.

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We did get some  real sunshine.   Fleeting moments in an otherwise greyish day.  But as luck would have it, it caught up with us as in the woods….  long shadows, pools of bright sunshine….. and some added warmth, that brought out the best of the woodland smells. All  rather nice for our mornings exercise…

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The woods were quiet, apart from the song of the Birds, so that vital Social Distancing wasn’t an issue……. However

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

 

16th May

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

A Grand Location for Grand day out

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

Kedleston Hall and Park, Derbyshire

When all the current lockdown restrictions are over we can all plan great days out once again.   One such location that we have made many visits to is Kedleston Hall.

Kedleston has been in the hands of the Curzon Family since 1297.  The Hall you see today is in the Palladian style of Architecture and is what I would call ‘double fronted’ as the rear of the Hall is as elegant as the front with sweeping entrance steps. But from the front it is the twin wings that gives Kedleston is imposing stature.

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

Tucked away behind the Hall is the tiny Church of All Saints.  Now a redundant Anglican church, it is the resting place of various Curzon Family tombs.

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

The Gardens are quite simple but the wider Park land is rather grand and expansive., possibly reflecting the tradition of Deer Park and Pleasure grounds as well as forming part of a wider agricultural estate. This Parkland is an ideal location for a walk, short or a more extensive leg stretch.  Great in any season, my favourite has to be the autumn, it is when the woods on the slop behind the Hall are at there best…

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And as the sun goes down you can witness the Hall as it goes to sleep for the day…

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So add Kedleston on that ‘to do’ list for when we can travel more freely…you will not be dissapointed.  In the meantime….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

 

16th May

(C) David Oakes 2020