Two or three weeks ago a local village opened up a few gardens of some of the residents to raise some dosh for charity. My mum is a real garden-lover - as you might tell from the pictures of plants in her garden that I've published here before. Anyway, ever eager for photo opportunities these days, I said I would accompany her on a tour of these gardens, hence this picture-heavy post.
The first house had the most wonderful log storage area - lots and lots of bits of wood beautifully stacked up. I couldn't resist a picture
That same garden had a most beautiful shrub that I've never seen before - Mum didn't know what it was either. It was fairly tall (probably around 7ft) and the leaves were turning from green to this amazing pink colour. The 'fruits' were like little open packages dangling down all over the plant. Do any of you know what it might be? I'd love to know. Anyway, whatever it is, it was stunning.
One of the gardens had hens roaming in part of it - this one caught my eye. She was good looking and knew it, strutting her stuff all over the place.
The place next door was very grand - this is the back door!
And in a corner of the garden was the cutest 'wendy house' you ever saw - made of stone, with a tiled roof, complete with roses growing up it and a white picket fence round the outside.
Even though it was September there were still lots of beautiful flowers to be seen.
There was a 'prescribed route' we were urged to follow to wend our way round to these gardens, but it turned out to be a hike across farmland. The only redeeming feature was this pretty stream. If we had known how much walking was involved I don't think we'd have gone, and if the same village opens its gardens next year, we definitely won't follow the route they suggest (or wear flip flops!)
There were some beautiful homes on show too - we are very lucky to have such picturesque villages nearby.
I'm sorry if this is a bit of a boring blog post, but I wanted to get some of these pictures into a future blog book. Does photography count as being creative? Yes. Crafty? No, I think not; back to the crafts soon I expect.