Monday, 10 April 2017

T Stands for…… travelling back in time…..

We have been away recently but I am taking you back to some gardens we visited a couple of weeks ago! (Our caravan garden is here.)
We returned from our caravan on that occasion to meet up with some of our family for a Mother's day outing! My eldest had found out about a garden that we had never visited not so far way from where we live - Abbeywood Gardens. I think it is mainly an attraction as a wedding venue and for the restaurant/tea room. The formal gardens are beautiful and as well as that there is a woodland area and an arboretum planted with new trees.
  There is also a small play area in front of the house that is used by wedding guests.This is eldest son with Diesel the Frenchie and middle son with GD on the trampoline!!

 There are quite a few animal scupltures around

After the family had left hubby and I went back to the tea room, not just so I could join Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday………

 but because we really needed a drink!
We also managed to squeeze in a scone, hubby went for jam and cream while I stuck to butter with mine!
I think we will be back here again in the Summer and Autumn!

The next day, still in a holiday mood as the weather stayed sunny, we decided to visit Dunham Massey before our shopping trip(it is 'sort of' on the way)

 It was a lovely calm day 
 Seeing the Fritillaria was a real treat!

The magnolia trees are well laden.
We had a lovely walk then it was back to the reality of chores!!!

We are hoping to visit a castle later this week with two of our grandchildren! 

Have a great week and Happy T Day, Chris 


Let's Art Journal said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family on Mother's Day, everyone is having so much fun and the gardens look beautiful! The Fritillaria are so amazing! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)
p.s. I couldn't access any links or publish the link to my post on T Stands for Tuesday, I was wondering if you had any problems? Thanks J x

Linda Kunsman said...

Gosh, you really do take so many wonderful trips!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful gardens along with the delicious scone. Hey what- no funny or smiley face from hubby? Happy T day!

Brenda Brown said...

Beautiful places to visit Chris, the blossom has been stunning this year and those gorgeous warm days have been so welcome too. Enjoy your castle visit xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous photos, what a pretty place you visited. Love hose purple spotted flowers. Your scones look great, I would have had cream and jam, too. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Helen said...

what a great place to find! Look forward to seeing more visits.

the fritilaria are well named, they really do look like snake heads don't they! I am with Valerie - i'd have at least had jam on mine, probably cream to!

johanna said...

you always find the most wonderful places - and if not you, your son finds out:) what a wonderful spring trip. the magnolias.... oh my!!
happy t-day, Chris!

Redanne said...

Two such lovely places to visit, the fox sculpture in the first one is beautiful, so cleverly done and I just adore the magnolias at Dunham Massey, they are quite stunning this year! Hugs, Anne xx

chrissie said...

You always find the nicest places to visit and always a treat to eat and drink as well.

Happy T Day and thank you for sharing the day out

Love Chrissie xx

Meggymay said...

That is a lovely place to visit, loved the wooden animal sculpture,
I think the cuppa would have been very welcome at the end of a walk.
Happy T Day.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I swear you find some of the most beautiful places to visit. This is a gorgeous place, both the grounds and the building.

There is a famous artist who makes sculptures similar to what you showed from old trees. His work is world renown. He uses a chain saw and his work is fantastic. I was impressed with the wood sculpture you showed, too.

Looks like once again, I'm with T on the jam and cream. I can get butter at home. But I'll join you for coffee, rather than T's tea.

Thanks for taking us on this beautiful trip to Abbeywood Gardens and for tea and coffee afterwards this T Tuesday.

BTW, the links are fixed. Hope you read your previous post.

jinxxxygirl said...

Chris i'm so glad you took us along!! I wish i had the opportunity to see more gardens... there are a few around here and they are on my list of places i'd like to see... hubby is not very big on seeing gardens but i might have to drag him to some..... :) Happy T day hugs!! deb

~*~Patty S said...

Lovely time you're having being out and about this spring.
I bet Abbeywood is lovely in every season and extra fun for you getting to visit with family.
Happy T Day Chris.
Only 7 more sleeps until we fly (not mentioning anything on my blog)

Darla said...

Beautiful gardens, it looks very much like spring there. Nice that you were able to share part of the adventure with family.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Amazing, beautiful gardens Chris! Great you enjoyed your mother's day! Happy T- Day!

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

What beautiful gardens and the house - wow! I'd never heard of Fritillaria. They're very pretty and quite unique. Thank you for sharing photos of this lovely outing.

Happy T-day, Chris! Hugs, Eileen

Cindy McMath said...

Wonderful photos - I love the animal sculptures and those magnolia trees - wow! How did you resist butter and cream on your scone? :)

back2brack said...

The gardens look beautiful Daffodils really are the harbinger of spring. Always nice to round out a family outing with a cuppa and scone.

kathyinozarks said...

what a treat to visit such beautiful gardens-thank you for sharing all the photos-the animal sculpture is very cool! the scones look perfect too
Happy T day

CJ Kennedy said...

What a beautiful spot. I loved the walkway covered by the pergola. Must be cool and refreshing when the vine fills in and walkway is in shade. I have a sweet tooth so would be reaching for the jam and cream, too. After our April 1 blizzard, the flowers are just starting to poke through so it was lovely to see the flowers and flowering trees.

My name is Erika. said...

Really enjoyed the spring green and fantastic flowers. They really are beautiful. Too bad they come and go so quickly. Hope it was a happy T day. Hugs-Erika

Dianne said...

such fun to see all the gardens you've visited - the beautiful scenery and flowers! the scones look yummy too! happy T day! ♥

Sara Barker said...

Chris, I soooo enjoyed this post! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day in photos! Hugs!

Lisca Meijer said...

What a nice surprise for Mother's Day to take you to a 'new' garden. And Dunham Massey is lovely too. I love the frittelaria and all the daffodils. Also the magnolia is magnificent.
Yum, scones! I would go the whole hog! Clotted cream and jam! I can have butter any day.
Thanks for sharing those beautiful places.
Belated happy T-Day,

butterfly said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely day out - the daffodils and the magnolia all look stunning, and I love the carved fox on his little tower.
Alison x