I got stuck behind a horse box, travelling very slowly.. for its occupants.. for 10 miles along a single lane road.. with no overtaking... not best pleased!!
However, once I arrived peace was restored.
I went for a wander around the garden.
A few Broad-bodied Chasers over the water, but none staying still long enough for a pic..
Mr Ponders sat and gazed out over the pond watching the dragonflies flit about... think he was rather hoping a cuppa tea would appear ;)
After walking for a bit... he admired the more relaxed part of the garden.
and did rather like it here... lots of water :)
the roses were beautiful....
the house was now open so I had a visit.. it's almost as though Rudyard Kipling stepped out of the house as I arrived.. a lovely lived-in feel....
and then for a visit to the cafe for a ... fruit scone!! which I had with jam and cream.. The scone looked lovely and was crisp on the outside... plenty of fruit and flavour was pleasant.. but it was a little on the dry side.. so.. I was glad I had jam and cream today...
Mr Ponders said it looked good. but... he would have liked more moisture too...
and then a walk to the Mill.....
More broad - bodied Chasers here... but far too flighty again!!
There were a pair of Pied Wagtails gathering food.. I think they must have had a nest nearby. Also saw a Grey Wagtail but it was off before I could get a pic!!
and back into the garden again.
I walked through the car park to find the Quarry Garden
before heading off home... a very pleasant visit in beautiful sunshine, blue skies and a lovely cooling breeze.