A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Baddesley Clinton - Part One
I spent an afternoon earlier this week at the National Trust property of Baddesley Clinton - a moated manor house mainly built in the fifteenth century which has beautiful gardens and a woodland walk.
Baddesley Clinton was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. I didn't go inside the house today but its well worth a visit containing coats of arms in stained glass, priestholes and lots of carved oak.
After looking round the Courtyard I walked through the woods and past the fishpools and lake.
One of the fishpools or stewponds which provided medieval households with fish
The Great Pool - I spent several minutes in one spot watching a flock of Long-tailed Tits and a goldcrest which was hovering and catching insects in a manner reminiscent of a Spotted Flycatcher or Hummingbird!
The walled garden was full of summer colour and butterflies
I always try and visit Baddesley in September as there is an absolutely stunning dahlia bed. This year it looked particularly beautiful. Hope you like dahlias because there's a lot of photos!
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
House and Moat
And when you leave the House and Gardens there are a few Scarecrows waiting to say Goodbye
I took far too many photos to put in one post so I will do a follow-up soon showing a superb collection of sporting theme Scarecrows in the Vegetable Garden and some of the butterflies seen in the Walled Garden.
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