Quote:- 'Autumn wins you best by this ... its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.' (English poet - Robert Browning)
Thursday, 16th November 2017
Autumn at Bodnant Garden - North Wales
Bodnant Garden has often been described as the finest in Wales and has been voted one of their favourite gardens by National Trust members. There is a Garden Centre on site with many of the species in the grounds available for sale. The gardens cover 80 acres, have magnificent views of the Snowdonia mountain range and a variety of features, from formal ponds to magnificent woodlands and streams. The laburnum arch, a 55 metre long tunnel and close to the main entrance, normally flowers from late May to early June, when it is a mass of yellow blooms The upper gardens consist of terraces, and both formal and informal lawns. The lower garden (accessed either via a steep slope or a longer route that takes in the Chapel Park, flower beds and shrubberies) contains the wild garden, spring flowering bulbs, shrubs and the mill pond.
The embedded map uses Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database right 2017
This linked map is a Google Map close up view with the option to view in Google Street View (depending on your device).
Many thanks to Stephanie from Ohio for the suggestion
Remembrance poppies - Bury Parish Church
11th November is Remembrance Day (formerly known as Armistice Day). It is a day to remember all those who were killed during the two World Wars and all other conflicts. The nearest Sunday to the 11th is Remembrance Sunday, when church services are held, and poppy wreaths laid at memorials throughout the country. The poppy is the symbol of remembrance and is associated with the work of the Royal British Legion, a charity dedicated to helping war veterans. Fields in Flanders (Belgium) saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the 1st World War. The poppies survived and gave hope, hence their symbolism.
Biddulph Grange Garden - Staffordshire
The Biddulph Grange National Trust garden is situated in the village of Biddulph, close to Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. It is one of Britain's most exciting and unusual gardens and was acquired by the National Trust in 1988. The 15 acre garden is a series of connected compartments designed in the mid 19th century by James Bateman to display his extensive and wide ranging plant collection. This miniature tour of the world, via steep and narrow paths, includes the Egyptian court, pines, rock gardens and a Chinese garden, (see this picture), complete with a pagoda, a bridge, monumental doorways, a joss house, a ‘Great Wall’ and a tower.
HMS Victory is a permanent exhibit at Portsmouth Dockyard. She is the Royal Navy's best known warship and the world's oldest naval ship still in commission. Famous for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, Victory is a 104 gun ship, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. At the time of Trafalgar, Victory had a crew of 821 men. Such large numbers were needed to man her guns and to fight in battle. A £35m project to conserve and refurbish the ship began in 2011, including the removal of masts to prevent her collapsing under her own weight. Trafalgar Day is on 21st October each year, in celebration of the victory in 1805 over the combined French and Spanish fleets.