Jo’s Monday walk : Burton Agnes

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I promised you a gentle stroll this week, far from the bustle of the city.  Burton Agnes, in East Yorkshire, will deliver in spades.  I can find you a bench or two to loiter on, and maybe a game of chess or snakes and ladders.  Too taxing?  You can do what I did, and simply stand and smile.

There’s much to smile about at this Elizabethan stately home.  The elegant facade looks over a sweeping expanse of the Yorkshire wolds, but the owners have retained a sense of playfulness in the gardens.  They are a joy to behold.

When I was there they were setting up a grand marquee for the July jazz event.  The weather was steamy, as it rarely is in England, and the ice cream vendor was in full flow.  Or should I say scoop?

You’ll know by now that I have a thing for water lilies and reflective surfaces.  I could have played all day.

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Gryphons, lions, statuary, all come as standard in these formal gardens.

But come on!  We’ve mosaics and a rose garden yet to explore.

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Can you see what lies beyond the rose arbour?  Anyone for chess?  Or draughts?  Maybe the ladies would be better at snakes and ladders.

The rooms lead one to another, with tantalising glimpses of distraction.  The reflections soon entrance me all over again.

The roses smell wonderful and I bury my nose deep into their luscious beauty.

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‘I’ve found an elephant’, says the other half.  Really? And a very endearing creature he is too.

It’s such a delightful garden, with so many aspects.  Do you remember the wire mesh gardener tending his veg?  He’s here too.

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I believe there’s an Open Day for charity, so I can join Jude’s Garden Challenge this month.  I expect she’ll be disappointed there’s no cake, but I have a good reason.  This was the second garden we visited that day and we’d already eaten.  It was quite a long way from home, but well worth the journey.  I’ll show you the other garden soon.  That was a water lily bonanza!

A closer look at these gardens and instructions on how to get there are on the website.   I’m off to put the kettle on for breakfast.

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Many thanks to all of you for being such loyal supporters.  Every week I’m delighted by the contributions you make to my walks.  If you’d like to join me and haven’t done so it’s easy enough.  The details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page.  Just click on the logo above.  If I spot a good walk when I’m reading posts, I’ll simply ask if I can include it.  We have some great ones again this week.

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Starting with some beautiful gardens from Lady Lee :

Packwood Gardens

Cathy takes us to a stately home in the US, as well as it’s lovely garden :

Winterthur Museum, garden & library : a Delaware country estate

I’m discovering that Jackie is rather fond of history!

A history lesson

A hot, prickly walk from Ana.  And keep an eye out for rattlers!  Heavens!

The trail to Gorman Falls at Colorado Bend State Park

Liesbet uses camping as a means to an end- ‘roaming about’, of course :

The Art of Being Flexible (and Realistic)

I always like something a bit different in my walks.  How about this one?  Thanks, Shazza!

Llama Trekking in the Lakes

A great one for the bird watchers from Denzil this week (paying attention Becky?) :

Het Zwin Nature Park on the Belgian Coast

This is a country I’ve always wanted to visit, and a very beautiful post from Maris Travels :

Walking in the Japanese Alps

The Pyrenees are equally beautiful, especially if you’re with my good friend Drake :

A bit higher level of walking

Warsaw street life and a fantasy of umbrellas – it’s Meg, of course!

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Meet newcomer to my walks, Stephanie and the crew of S.V. Cambria, with a bit of a mystery :

A Walk on the Wild Side/Downtown Ocean Falls

Yvette embraces summer with her usual enthusiasm, and beautiful Crepe Myrtle :

Street Shots (#summer2016 a to z Letter S) summer walk with Jo

Come and be nosy with Susan (and me) while we look over a few fences :

Walking Cherbourg, France

Some people keep on dangling serious temptation my way.  You know who you are, Carol!

A Morning in Port Douglas

Becky and birds are synonymous, aren’t they?  Even in Lymington, it seems :

Didn’t get very far because of the birdies

That’s it for another week.  I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I did.  Now, where can I take you next week?  Take care till then.

129 comments

  1. I suddenly realized I has somehow missed this week’s walk, and had to go back to your blog and find it. This looked like a wonderful garden walk – I really can’t decide what I liked the most! The flowers were gorgeous – especially those water lilies. And the statuary was great as well. That little elephant was so cute! I had a great time seeing everything through your eyes, Jo. As always, thanks for sharing!

  2. What a delightful garden Jo! Sorry I’ve arrived so late in the day for my visit – am not sure where this week has gone and then my computer started doing some really weird things this afternoon but I seem to have fixed it now! 🙂 I love the yellow roses (think this was the garden you were talking about a while ago?) and the colours – it’s all so pretty. Must read up about the jazz festival too – our daughter in London works in Music PR for primarily the jazz/blues/modern soul genre (so this would be right up her street!). Hope all’s well with you and yours and you have a lovely weekend! 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa! 🙂 I did have fun with these, and for once the other half wasn’t standing tapping his toes waiting. He was off with his nose stuck in the roses 🙂 🙂

  3. More and more beauties. You keep finding treasures and photographing them so beautifully, flower shots and reflections particularly. You’ve also harvested a great collection of other people’s walks.

    1. Hiya darlin 🙂 🙂 It really has been a great summer for gardens. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve 🙂 And it’s so nice that people keep on walking with me. Rainy hugs!

      1. Wellie weather! I don’t care. I’ve just booked an overnight stay at Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales for Friday- yet another wedding anniversary 🙂 🙂 Hopefully it will be dry by then.

  4. That girl under a tree in the pond!!! Just kept looking and looking at her. Touching in its vulnerability. But also a good scene for a horror movie! Oh, and water lilies of course – gosh, those flowers are gorgeous!

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