Tucked off Wye Street in England’s lovely Ross-on-Wye is a pretty little commemorative garden, named The Thomas Blake Memorial Garden. I appreciated the garden for its history and tradition of upkeep by volunteers as well as for its attributes as a “full sun” garden in a tough to manage, sloped setting. Ross-on-Wye is a small […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Snowshill Manor and Garden, in the Cotswolds, is well known for extraordinary collectibles on display inside the Snowshill Manor. My visit was to the Snowshill Garden, and did not include visiting inside the buildings. During this week of my self-guided British garden tour, I had bid farewell to my husband in London, took a train […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Widely known as one of Britain’s most celebrated and significant gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden, England, in the Cotswolds, is a treasured property, and well worth visiting. Hidcote is situated in pastoral countryside near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire. The garden and its lovely buildings and surrounding cottages combine to make a truly charming scene. There are collections […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
The Kennedy House Gardens in St. Andrews, Manitoba, maintained within the River Road Provincial Park system, make for a nice stop en route to other visitor attractions in St. Andrews north of Winnipeg. River Road runs along the west side of the Red River towards Lockport, and takes travellers along the old settlement road towards […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What a pleasure it was to visit gorgeous Bath – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our visit began with a walk around Bath Abbey, near the River Avon, and on to the Roman Baths Museum and Pump Room. The ancient Baths were built in the time of Roman settlement, constructed around Britain’s only hot spring, and included a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The famous Stourhead landscape garden is one of Britain’s greatest and most cherished Georgian gardens. Stourhead gardens were designed by the estate’s owner Henry Hoare II, and laid out between 1741 and 1780 in a classical, 18th-century design. The gardens are noted their fine specimen trees and shrubs as well as for the striking garden follies […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Of before-and-after home and garden restorations, the beautiful Welsh Aberglasney heritage garden and estate mansion in the Tywi Valley in Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, belongs on the list of impressive projects. The estate at Aberglasney is known to have been inhabited through medieval, Tudor, and Elizabethan periods. By the late 1500s, it housed a chapel. The unique Elizabethan cloister […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Relying on our in-car GPS, and travelling west following our stop in Brecon, we were amazed that we somehow managed to arrive at our destination near Felingwym Uchaf, in Carmarthenshire, close to the pre-arranged time of 4 pm. The sun was throwing long shadows by this time of day, and we enjoyed the amber-cast to […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
Travelling along the northern border of the Brecon Beacons towards our destination at Felingwym Uchaf in Wales, we made a worthwhile side trip into the town of Brecon. There, we visited the beautiful Brecon Cathedral and Close. The Cathedral is one of the most significant surviving examples of early British Gothic Architecture. Constructed in the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
En route to the Brecon Beacons in Wales, approaching from Hay-on-Wye in the borderland Wye River Valley, we stayed over night at the Rhydspence Inn, a drover’s inn dating back to 1380. What a pleasure it was to dine in the cozy restaurant, poke about the old hallways, and relax in our charming room. It […]Continue Reading... No Comments.