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
Friday, 2 October 2015
Herefordshire/Shropshire - Part 2: Ludlow and Westonbury Mill Water Gardens
Friday, 25th September
When we visited the Medieval Fair in Ludlow last December we all said we'd like to return to the town when it was quieter. So on Friday morning (another gloriously sunny day) we returned.
Ludlow is a flourishing medieval market town located on a cliff side above the River Teme and surrounded by the countryside of the Welsh Marches.
The Buttercross situated in the centre of the town at the junction of Broad Street, High Street and King Street was built in 1746. It was designed by William Baker and built in the classical style. Originally, a butter market was held on the ground floor and today it is still used by traders on market day. The upper rooms have had a variety of uses over the years - a meeting chamber for the Town Council, a boy's charity school and a museum.
Friday is a market day and I was really pleased to find that the Heron Cross pottery stall was there again and yes I did make a purchase :)
Parts of the castle date back to around 1086. No-one else seem interested in visiting again - I think they'd seen enough last December :(
There are lots and lots of small independent shops in Ludlow.
D and I spent an enjoyable 10 minutes or so in this shop. In the end I had to beat a hasty retreat as I was being tempted by far too many books!
A few photos taken by D with the Canon Bridge camera.
St Laurence's Church. (I did manage to escape for 45 minutes to revisit while the others were looking round the town. When I went in at Christmas there was a market on and I wasn't able to get as many photos as I would have liked but this time it was much quieter. I'll do a separate post on the church as I appreciate not everyone will want to look at countless pictures of stained glass and misericords!!).
The Feathers - the oldest part of the hotel including the timber front was built in 1619.
In the afternoon we went to Westonbury Mill Water Gardens near Pembridge. Thanks so much to Pete (from Quacks of Life) in recommending them. They were delightful and totally unique.
The 3.5 acre water gardens have been developed over the last 15 years together with the construction of various follies. The latest addition is a wildflower meadow to which has been added a Spiral Mound.
The Stone Tower (the first folly) was built when the owner, Richard Pim, found a small iron water wheel. Water gushes from the mouths of gargoyles and the Tower is home to white doves.
The Glass Dome is built from 5000 wine bottles - when its sunny a stained glass effect is created.
The Spiral Mound
African Summer House
Giant Cuckoo Clock powered by water.
There's a lovely tea room - I had Lemon Drizzle cake :)
We had a look round the plant sales area before leaving. The sedums were covered in bees and butterflies (Small Tortoiseshells and Commas)
I treated myself to one of the Sedums which is a deeper pink than the plants I have at home.
A few more pictures taken by D with the Canon showing a different perspective to the garden and the zoom came in handy again :)
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