What did you get for Christmas? Have you been for your Boxing Day walk yet? Are exactly the questions I would have been asked if I had rung my siblings over Christmas! And thinking of the questions have made me think of our fabulous walk last month on Tyninghame Beach. Guide books, websites and MrB’s niece will all tell you about the expanse of golden sands here, it is considered one of the best places for coastal walks. Very different to your Christmas Walk Jo, but you would love it. You begin your stroll inland with views of cabbages.
You may recall last month I mentioned a walk in Wales, well finally today I am going to share it. Well almost. Hope you don’t mind but there’s a short delay before we can commence the walk, for balloons, trains, and a quick nip into town.
It was a beautiful morning in September, and we were full of Autumn joys after the wedding. So no wonder we decided to head out along the canal towards Llantysilio and its medieval abbey. Continue reading
We were visiting Ironbridge with friends and as they were the ones organising the trip we hadn’t given too much thought to exactly what we were going to do. We had assumed our day would be organised once all of us had arrived and had had a coffee or two. I did though the time to work out the best place to park – the long stay car-park south of the town! Not only is this a convenient place to leave the car in Ironbridge but you will find here an excellent assortment of information leaflets plus you immediately get to walk across the star attraction – The Iron Bridge.
At Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens in Hampshire it can be difficult to know which way to go. Set in 180 acres the gardens have the largest collection of hardy shrubs and trees in the world as well as 14 national collections.
The gardens began life in 1953 under the stewardship of Sir Harold Hillier, son of Edwin Lawrence Hillier, a world authority on conifers, who himself was the son of a Victorian florist and nurseryman. In 1977 the Gardens and Arboretum came under the trusteeship of Hampshire County Council but the Nurseries are still owned and run by the Hillier family and this year they won their 71st consecutive Gold medal at Chelsea!
But let us return to the Arboretum, and one of my favourite trails ‘Art in the Garden’. Now in its 18th year the Gardens invite artists every year to showcase and sell their art in the garden. The only brief for the artists is that the art must be suitable for an outdoor exhibition. Some of the sculptures this year are amazing, and not only are enhanced by their garden location but add something to the plants around them. Others are good but perhaps need a different setting. I have no idea as to how much influence the artists themselves have over placement, nor how much consideration is given to the changes caused by both season and plant growth. Continue reading