Sunday, 10 May 2015
The beauty of Coton Manor Gardens
On Friday, as the country was waking up to a new political landscape, I was heading west for a day out with my oldest friend. We had arranged to meet at Coton Manor near Northampton, which is a direct mid point between our two homes. The Manor is famous for its gorgeously landscaped gardens (and quirky wildlife, of which more later).
The sun wasn't out, but it was a mild day, perfect for walking and talking.
As usual in all the most impressive gardens I've ever seen, there are plenty of different 'rooms' which lead enticingly one to another. I love this old brick path and arch combination.
Though the gardens are immaculately tended, the owners are not too precious to allow their chickens to roam freely. I don't think I've seen a happier or healthier bunch of birds!
Down by the lake, we encountered this pair. Trying to ignore the election results too :)
Another shot of colour from these tulips...
A gate takes you into a field leading to a bluebell and beech wood. Lovely how the light filters through the trees enhancing the blue.
Back to the formal borders, and now the sun was coming out. Just time to visit the excellent (and very popular) cafe for home made soup and sandwiches. You can sit outside in the courtyard to eat. There are also lots of plants for sale and a small shop.
A lovely day out in the English countryside.
And a great spot to meet a friend.