"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

Monday, 16 October 2017

A Walk around Stratford and Autumn Harvest at the Gardens

Family chauffeuring last Friday meant I had a couple of hours in Stratford-upon-Avon last Friday. I had hoped to visit Shakespeare's New Place but at the last minute B had decided to accompany us so in the end we just wandered round the town centre where there is always something to see.

Shakespeare's Birthplace - If you want to read about my visit here a couple of years ago please see here

The Jester Statue

The American War Fountain

Timothy has spotted a pub!

The RSC - a sight of this theatre always brings back happy memories of visits to see plays there and at The Courtyard Theatre nearby.

Timothy and the Swan Fountain

I wish now I had bought one of these lanterns.

I've never seen this museum before - looks worth a visit

and Timothy agreed.

On Sunday afternoon we went along to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens where they had an Autumn Harvest event.


Ian said...

Really enjoyed the tour through Stratford, brought back good memories of our visit.

Rosie said...

Oh, Stratfor-upon-Avon, one of my favourite places. Still love it although it's far busier now than when I first started to visit for the theatre in the late 60s but there are far more things open now for tourists as well as the theatre and Shakespeare houses. I've loved seeing your photos as it must be about five years since we were last there. All the produce at the harvest festival looks wonderful, the green man looks a bit stern although he does look wonderful:)

Ragged Robin said...

Ian - Thanks so much Ian - so pleased it brought back happy memories of your trip over here :)

Rosie - It is lovely there although can be horrendously busy as you say. For once last Friday it did seem a bit quieter than usual. Must try and go back soon and visit New Place.

Not the best of photos of the Green Man - I think I took him unawares. Somewhere I have a much better photo of him when he is smiling when he attended another event there.

Pam said...

I've never been to Stratford, it's somewhere I really need to go. I absolutely love the little pumpkin lanterns with the blue hats! The Harvest event looks great, i'm in the mood to make some soup after seeing all the veg!

amanda peters said...

What a lovely place to visit,I love the old buildings.I want a Peter Rabbit in my life, and the flower shop.Hope you get to go back and visit the museum.

I like seeing all the fruit and veg from the harvest festival, makes me wish I still had time for the allotment I once had. Green man looks a bit scary, looks like you have had two nice outings, photos lovely as ever to see.
Thanks for sharing...
Amanda xx

Ragged Robin said...

Pam - Thank you. Stratford is lovely but can get very very busy especially in the summer. There is a lot to see and do there also a Butterfly place which I keep saying I will go back to. I am really kicking myself now for not buying one of the blue hat lanterns!! Nothing beats homemade soup :)

Amanda Peters - Thank you. I have a couple of cuddly Peter Rabbits - in storage boxes at the moment but when bedroom finished will take a photo for you. I could kick myself over New Place - I should have researched better as OH thought it was looking round an old house something he does not enjoy but in actual fact it is an exhibition and gardens I think! D would love the museum and he wants to go to New Place so may go back with him :) He has a week off soon.

We miss growing vegetables too - gave up veg patch and created the mini wood and wild flower meadow etc etc when the kids were little as it was too time consuming but now have more time would like a small bed somewhere. Occasionally grow pumpkins/tomatoes and son grew some carrots a few years back.

Bovey Belle said...

What a lovely post RR. It's about 30 years since I was last at Stratford, so I am long overdue another visit! I would have been in that museum like a shot . . .

The harvest festival was very well done, and it does make you think of soup making. I am glad that the Green Man has smile mode too!

Ragged Robin said...

Bovey Belle - Thank you so glad you enjoyed and hope you get chance to return soon :) If I get to the museum at some stage will do a post.

When I next post will include a photo of a smiling Green Man for everyone :)

Caroline Gill said...

Fabulous photos here, RR, including, of course, of Timothy on his thespian adventure. I have only been to Stratford twice (so far), and have terrific memories of Dame Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. The harvest event looked lovely, too: we had a magnificent harvest sheaf loaf (with moulded-in mouse) at the Harvest Festival in our church a couple of weeks ago. Thank you for your kind comments on my post...

Ragged Robin said...

Caroline Gill - Thanks so much. I would imagine the play with Dame Judi was brilliant. We were very lucky as my son used to get press tickets for a few years and we took good advantage :)

I love Harvest Festival time in churches - I bet the harvest sheath loaf was lovely :)

Countryside Tales said...

So lovely to see Stratford. I can't wait to go back. The autumn fair looked fun- love the Green Man! :o)

Ragged Robin said...

Countryside Tales - Thank you - do hope you can return to Stratford soon :)