Tuesday, 26 July 2016

T stands for taking photos!

It's time to join Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T stands for Tuesday.

I must first apologise to the folk I didn't get around to visiting last week. I had intended using Wednesday morning to catch up but Wendy(our House Keeping Assistant) wasn't well, we were allocated someone else but that involved being around and we had planned on being away by lunchtime! Of course, once up at the caravan the signal is so bad at times I have trouble even speaking to my sons!

I promised more photos of the nostalgia trip we took last week. From Nottingham we took a familiar road(to me)to Southwell near Newark.

This is where Richard 1st had his last night of freedom before surrendering to the Scots at Newark.
Southwell has changed greatly since I was there last - quite a few 'posh' shops and lots of eating places! 

I have never seen so many hanging baskets in one small area - very pretty indeed

We had our lunch in the Minster cafe but I forgot to take a photo!(again!)
A wedding had just taken place while we were eating so we were able to go inside! There was a notice saying permission had to be given for taking photos, luckily someone was there to do just that!

The seats all had names on them.
I remember that as a child the carvings here always fascinated me(and still do)

Hubby took this photo during a short shower while we walked round to  the Bishop's garden. 

 I do love a blue and white garden!

 There were lovely cool green areas too - and bees!!
 This is the very end of the ruined palace- the door leads to the private part of the garden
 We both loved this place and we will be back!

As I am here for 
at The Altered Booklover blog where Elizabeth, Bleubeard and Squiggles are sharing a drink related post I had better show you where we had a coffee later in the afternoon.
My Dad used to work for this company, although not at the site where this Garden Centre is. I remember the two men at the bottom right, they were the owners and such lovely bosses! 
This is the bottom end of the cafe and was sectioned off but I just had to go in….
…that's my Dad's name there - Ken Donson - he had a clematis named after him years ago - it is not readily available here but apparently grows well in the US and Canada. I confess to getting tearful seeing this!
We enjoyed our coffee..

..and had a little look around. 
there were lots of old photos on the walls and this one is certainly a view I recognise!
This one too - again at the nursery where I grew up, walked my dogs, played with my cats and rabbits, climbed trees, drove a tractor, saw a baby cuckoo in a nest, learned to ride my bike and of course got my love for gardens! 

Oh! What is it with me? Blurry eyed again

Thanks for looking, Chris

ps I am sitting on some good news - please come and see me next Monday!! 


Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely post, thanks for sharing the photos! Have a good week and a happy T Day,
hugs, Valerie

johanna said...

another interesting post, which makes me eager to go there some day. wonderful photos!
happy t-day!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a fascinating journey the two of you took. I can only imagine the sentimental part of the voyage. I was intrigued by the reference to Richard I. I believe you told me you were well acquainted with Richard the Lionhearted because of where you grew up.

I was even MORE intrigued with seeing your father's name in that garden center. I am sure I'd have been misty eyed, too. It sounds like a truly wonderful trip back in time for you.

Thanks for taking us to Pennells' Seeds to share your afternoon coffee. Trips down memory lane should all look this incredibly wonderful and teary eyed.

Lisca Meijer said...

Oh what a sentimental journey. I can imagine you were tearful. And proud. Not many people get flowers named after them!
I enjoyed the photos of the Bishop's palace and gardens. The minster is beautiful. Thank you for posting these photos.
Thank you for visiting,
Happy T-Day,
Btw, my ATC is winging its way to you since yesterday.

Linda Kunsman said...

oh so much splendor and beauty in this visit Chris! I love it all and how special that there is a bloom honored with your father's name. How could you not get a bit teary with so many sweet memories coming at you... wishing you a happy T day!

Meggymay said...

A lovely sentimental post and full of your memories. Wonderful photos Chris, you must feel so proud to see your dad's name when you visit the Garden Center.
Happy Tuesday
Yvonne xx

Darla said...

Well goodness, seeing all that no wonder you felt sentimental. I'm not the gardener here but I'm going to watch for the clematis named after your father. We do have a clematis in our yard and it does quite well so if I can find the Ken Donson I'm going to plant it (or more truthfully have DH plant it). The rest of the visit was so interesting. Thanks for the pictures and descriptions.

Carol said...

That would be a sentimental journey for me too. It's a beautiful journey and so happy that you shared it with us. I looked up the Ken Donson Clematis and it is beautiful. I just might have to order one as I was wanting a new Clematis anyhow and might as well get one with a story I know :) HAppy T Day!!!!

Helen said...

Oh Chris! What beauties you have today... loved the tour of the Minster and gardens (so so pretty) and your Dad's memories too. What a fantastic outing you had. xx

Krisha said...

What a wonderful and beautiful post Chris.

All the flowers and architecture and all the green....just gorgeous. It is so hot here everything has turned summer brown, it's even hard to keep what I have in pots happy.

My Mom used to have Clematis. What a great honor to have a pretty flower named for you. Misty eyed you should be!

Thanks for the earlier visit and the comment.
Happy T-day

froebelsternchen Susi said...

An amazing post - great photos Chris!
Happy belated T-Day!
oxo Susi

Nancy said...

Lovely photos, and what a meaningful visit for you. How nice your Dad is memorialized in the cafe display. And with a clematis!

Sandy said...

Beautiful gardens with the most amazing stone work. The masons at that time were artists themselves. I really do love the pictures of "what remains"! I loved all of your pictures and do hope you keep posting them of your travels.
I would have gotten tearful too - What a great memorial to your Father.
I love old cemeteries and tombstones. The call for a stillness in me and I wonder about the people who are went before.
Wonderful post!
Sandy xx

Rita said...

A sentimental journey, for sure. And rightly so. :)
I just love all the architecture--and the contrast between the brick & stone and all those gorgeous flowers is just delightful.

~*~Patty S said...

Lovely to get to see more of your lovely journey Chris!
Flower baskets... buntings... arches and glorious gardens OH MY.
Tempting cup of joe too ;-)

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a very pretty and idylic place! So many wonderful memories, thanks for sharing you beautiful journey! Happy belated T Day! J :-)

chrissie said...

A wonderful post Chris with amazing photographs.thankyou for sharing it all with us

Love Chrissie xx