Expect Rain they said…..

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Well we did get some rain….  heavy for short showers. Then the sun would appear….. the process was then repeated for the rest of the day.

But we have, by all accounts, been rather lucky.  Some places not too far away from us have had  bad thunderstorms, torrential downpours and even in place hailstones .

Occasionally the horizon was very threatening, should we head for cover?   Thankfully the worst didn’t trouble us…

Rather pleased…   the Hydrangeas are  starting to fill and get some colour to their petals.   I  do get the feeling that they are later this season,  also those flower heads look much smaller than usual.

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May be they will fill out, so we will have to wait and see..    and while we wait….

Please Remember ….

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

27th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Saturday….So Another Grand Day Out

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Let me take you on a virtual walk round the Rose Garden.  Hopton Hall Rose Gardens to be precise. Hopton Hall is located above Carsington Water on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District.  Dating back to 1414, it has had a number of owners, many of whom have left their mark with various additions, to the house over the centuries…..hence its unique frontage.

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Some years ago a new owner arrived and has set about restoring and improving the estate.  One of the key tasks and a major achievement was the restoration of the old Walled Rose Garden.  It was indeed in a sorry state when I first viewed the garden, and  I heard that this was the next big project. I did wonder how and if it would be successful.

Indeed it has, and the gardens are opened for the public to view.  I should mention that the Hall is a private residence and the Rose Gardens are only open for a few weeks over the summer.  NOT this year though….CV19 has seen to that.  So lets enjoy a virtual tour.

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There is also much more to enjoy.  After pausing in the Pavilion at the top of the Rose Garden for Tea and Cakes and then suitably refreshed, you can explore the Herbaceous Gardens and the Lake.

Then before heading for home…. take another pause.  Maybe past guests, who include  Oliver Cromwell, Mary Queen of Scots have also paused here.

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( The Grounds are also open for a few weeks in the Spring so you can enjoy a mass display of Woodland Snowdrops.)

One day, virtual will become a reality again, till then

Please Remember ….

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

27th June

(C) David Oakes 2020