Sunday, 28 July 2013
Holidaying at home
The fine weather is still hanging around, the football season does not start for another two weeks, so we decided to go out for an afternoon and make the most of summer. We came to Lyveden New Bield, a National Trust property which is close to our home. It's a very intriguing place, a half finished garden lodge built by Sir Thomas Tresham between 1595 and 1605.
It has a mystical air about it, the wind blowing through the open windows and roof. The NT have replanted an orchard that Thomas Tresham oversaw (they even found the original holes where the trees were sited 400 years ago) with traditional breeds of gages, apples, plums and cherries.
There are features from the pleasure garden which Tresham planned, with terraces, moats and viewing mounts. Inside the house, I loved the graffiti from the past....
Near the house is a little cottage, and this has recently been turned into a tea room.
It's very pretty. The surrounds of the house are open and it can get breezy, so this secluded garden is the perfect shelter.
There go my family, disappearing inside to claim their tea and cake...we sat under a tree to eat it and it was lovely to feel that hot sunshine.
Back home,and I've been picking redcurrants (this has felt like a very summery summer). I don't know what I will do with these berries yet, I've put them in the freezer for now, but they are so very pretty. I painted a picture of them last night, but it didn't come out well, so a photo will have to do for now.
Like little jewels, aren't they?
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. x