Rain was threatened for today in the late afternoon. Given that we're off home tomorrow, the consensus was we stayed local. So off to Barrington Court we went - It too is built of the local Ham Hill stone. We've been there before, not long ago, when we were roaming round in Devon. It's been interesting to note (well for me anyway) that looking back at last year's visit, I seem to have taken the same pictures standing in the same spot!! How sad is that?
The day was very cool and certainly cloudy as we set off. We had the odd glimpse of the sun but mostly it stayed shy. I saw - ONE - Painted Lady butterfly. Apart from a great numbers of bees around the flowers today, it's been a quiet week in terms of wild life. That's apart from the local and nesting Swallows of course.
However, it was an enjoyable day and we looked at interest at the creations of the local potter, Paul Jessop, who had some excellent pieces.
This is one of the smaller walled gardens and the Plant Sales area; we did manage to leave with our purses unopened!
In one of the several small garden "rooms" colour abounded
and in the Kitchen garden, growing lettuces (or should I use the modern idiom and say "leaves") made a colourful display. And no evidence of slugs!!
Looking across to the corner building and the "blue" section of the garden.
We'd visited Barrington Court last year (when we were staying in Devon) and enjoyed it so we didn't mind a return visit.
In the middle of the rose garden, stood a small sculpture of a dancing faun. Sadly last October (2008) this was stolen and the NT are now looking for a replacement.
Not too many pictures as I'd taken the same ones as previously (or so it would seem) so some other of last year's visit can be found here.
And tomorrow we head off for home. "At this point in time" (groan) the threatened rain hasn't arrived but the sky is a wonderful shade of black! And tomorrow - heavy rain is forecast. Ah well - down to earth with a bump.
It really has been a glorious summer week - we were soooo lucky.
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