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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What time is it? It's holiday time!!!!

As I headed up the M40 this morning I felt like I was sailing there was so much rain however curiously as I neared Gloucester the rain stopped!!

Gloucester looked a little down at heel which surprised me! The cathedral however is anything but!

I saw this in Gloucester

And so to the National Trust's Westbury Court Garden. Apparently this is the only restored Dutch style water garden in the country.

I do like it. Today there were only 3 Mallards and they flew off but there were House Martin, a singing Willow Warbler and a Grey Wagtail. As I've said before history hasn't been kind, the house was demolished and now all there is are old people's homes and the A38 runs along side. The recent flooding, disease impacting yews and run off from farmland is also causing problems.

This shows how the garden would have looked.

There was once a warren at Westbury and today.....

I picked up the key to my hotel room and where now..... hang on, what's this? the National Trust's Newark Park has cake..... that's an addition since I went there so.....

It is not a great house but in the 1970's it was not even listed it's restoration has been a labour of love.

There was no choice on cake it was Lemon, but it was a very fine Lemon!!

Lots of peacocks and peahens about.

When the peahen approached his feathers really made a noise!!

There were loads of blackbirds but would they come in camera range? No!! Still this Song Thrush was more obliging


Tricia Ryder said...

So weather wasn't as bad as forecast - fortunately!!

Sounds a great day...Amazing stone work in the cathedral (pic no. #3)

Westbury Court looks interesting..and amazing water... (glad I don't have to cut all those hedges!! But sad that there's so many problems there...

Great pics all and well done on the Song thrush... really like the rear shot of the last one!

oldcrow61 said...

The cathedral is awesome. What fabulous tombs. I really like that house as well. And...that gold can send that over this way. The pictures are all wonderful Pete.

Ragged Robin said...

Gloucester Cathedral is amazing Pete and beautiful photos. I have added it to my list of places to visit (its less than an hour from here).

The lemon cake sounds rather delicious and the rabbit photos are rather cute.

Hope the weather is kind to you today.

ShySongbird said...

Looks like you're having a great time Pete, not sure you picked the right week weather wise though! Lots of lovely photos here, the cathedral is certainly impressive.

Nice to see the Peacock displaying, they really are magnificent creatures!