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, 1 April 2016
I had a day out yesterday at Calke Abbey with a friend as an early celebration of her birthday early in April.
The first highlight was my first butterfly sighting of the year in her garden - a Small Tortoiseshell.
Calke Abbey is described by the National Trust as "The Un-Stately Home". The Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate earlier in the Twentieth Century. Only essential repairs have been carried out and there is much peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards around the house and stables.
We had an early lunch of leek and potato soup and a roll followed by a slice of fruit loaf and then walked down to the house.
You can see how busy it was - Easter School holidays and a sunny day had brought out the crowds.
It was much quieter in the Walled Gardens :)
Located in the north-west corner of the Flower Garden is the Auricula Theatre built in 1830. There were no auriculas on display yet but instead a selection of pansies, daffodils, hellebores and grape hyacinths.
The geometrically shaped flower-beds are characteristic of the early Victorian period.
The Kitchen Garden covers 4 acres.
Mosses and lichens in the wall surrounding the garden.
The inevitable Ivy-leaved Toadflax
I resisted the temptation of delights in the National Trust shop but did treat myself to an Allium and Ladybird Poppy from the plant area.
I do like Calke Abbey - you could spend several days exploring. The house has a vast collection of treasures, the church is interesting and there is a deer park. Calke Park itself is a National Nature Reserve being a haven for ancient trees and wildlife. Nine species of bats and over 350 species of beetle have been recorded. Am hoping to pay another visit soon and perhaps re-visit the house interior as I haven't been inside for some years and also go in search of The Old Man of Calke.
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