A (brief) visit to Townend

Having been delayed by bad weather and slow traffic we made an unplanned visit to a National Trust property near Windermere, Townend. It was our first visit, although we have passed the sign to it on countless journeys. We were in time to eat our picnic lunch (in our car in the car park) and to visit the house shortly after it opened at 1pm. (There had been two fully-booked guided tours earlier.)

As it was the half-term holiday it was fairly busy even on a showery day. The farmhouse had been the home of a farming family, who collected books. One of them also carved furniture in elaborate patterns. It was fascinating.

The garden gave a view across to a bank barn, which we did not have time to inspect more closely.

Near the car park there was a wildflower meadow. By coincidence the challenge for #wildflowerhour was #inthemeadow.

Our satnav (GPS navigation) told us to turn the opposite way along the lane from the way we had arrived at the car park. It turned out to be a short cut along a narrow country lane.

Flash photography was not allowed inside the house. There are pictures of the interior and of the exterior on a brighter day here.

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A visit to the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh

The reason hubby and I went to Edinburgh was to view The Lost Words exhibition, which was in Inverleith House in the Royal Botanical Garden.

After we had been round the exhibition, we had lunch in the café and explored the Garden.

It was our first visit, but we hope it will not be our last. Like any garden it changes with the seasons. In late summer we enjoyed seeing many flowers, especially the herbaceous borders. It would look quite different in spring, when the bulbs are in flower and the leaves just beginning to open on the trees and shrubs.

I have visited Kew Gardens several times (as a child and later with hubby and our children). There is an entrance fee there. In Edinburgh it is free to visit the garden, but there is a charge for visiting the glasshouses. That is something we hope to do on a future visit. We were fortunate with the weather and happy to be outside for the afternoon.

All-time favourite photo

The final (!) photo challenge from the Daily Post is for a favourite photo of all time.
This is a difficult choice to make. I looked through my photos starting with the most recent ones, avoiding ones I have entered for competitions or posted here previously. The first one, which seemed worth sharing, was from August last year. It was taken in a wild flower garden, which has featured on this blog. I like the light on the teasels.

Teasels
Teasels