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.
Gryphons, lions, statuary, all come as standard in these formal gardens.
But come on! We’ve mosaics and a rose garden yet to explore.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
Starting with some beautiful gardens from Lady Lee :
Cathy takes us to a stately home in the US, as well as it’s lovely garden :
I’m discovering that Jackie is rather fond of history!
A hot, prickly walk from Ana. And keep an eye out for rattlers! Heavens!
Liesbet uses camping as a means to an end- ‘roaming about’, of course :
I always like something a bit different in my walks. How about this one? Thanks, Shazza!
A great one for the bird watchers from Denzil this week (paying attention Becky?) :
This is a country I’ve always wanted to visit, and a very beautiful post from Maris Travels :
The Pyrenees are equally beautiful, especially if you’re with my good friend Drake :
Warsaw street life and a fantasy of umbrellas – it’s Meg, of course!
Meet newcomer to my walks, Stephanie and the crew of S.V. Cambria, with a bit of a mystery :
Yvette embraces summer with her usual enthusiasm, and beautiful Crepe Myrtle :
Come and be nosy with Susan (and me) while we look over a few fences :
Some people keep on dangling serious temptation my way. You know who you are, Carol!
Becky and birds are synonymous, aren’t they? Even in Lymington, it seems :
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.