Had a perfect day out yesterday. My friend Anne and I went to the Abbey Gardens in Malmsbery, Somerset.
We try to make it to a stately home and gardens at least twice a year and this trip was so lovely. Only an hour or so’s drive from home we headed out on a perfect day – sunny but not too hot with a slight breeze now and then.
Here are some shots of the gardens. The air was full of the scent of roses and other flowers. One rose in particular smelled out of this world – we think it is a Gertrude Jekyll …
We had a lovely cup (mug) of tea and a freshly made cake each ( I had carrot and Anne had coffee) before then wandering down to the river walk – completely shrouded with greenery and trees and shrubs of all kinds. The ponds were still and covered with lily pads and there was even a stepping stone bridge.
Huge fish including koi and sturgeon were in the Stew pond right by the cafe and one the the staff was feeding them by hand – I have never seen such huge fish!
What I loved was the Cotswold architecture – especially the casement windows – imagine living here!!
We had lunch in a very old pub called The Smoking Dog and the ambled back to the garden for one more sit in the garden under a gazebo – enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and the flowers.
It was the summer solstice too and so they day seemed lovely and long…
As usual I hope to paint some of the scenes I saw and so watch this space!