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Born in the year of the Coronation, I'm a Baby Boomer. In April of this year I decided I too would have a Diamond Jubilee celebration and completely change my life and that of my Husband's in the process

Saturday, 4 November 2006

Batsford Arboretum

This isn’t my weekly entry, I will do that tomorrow and  will include, as promised to Kate, a bit about my ancestor who suffered a Traitor’s death following The Gunpowder Plot. Tonight I’m just posting some pictures from our trip on Tuesday to Batsford Arboretum.

One of the joys of my job at present is that I finish work at 12.45pm most days. That means if Mike isn’t working we get a chance to go out and do things, so I suppose you could call us semi-retired.


The weather this week has been beautiful and after the hectic week last week we thought we’d have a bit of ‘Me time’.


Batsford is a large house set at the bottom of an escarpment in The Cotswolds; just down the hill from Bourton on the Hill and before you get to Moreton in Marsh. Don’t you just love these Cotswold names?


Algernon Freeman Mitford, later Lord Redesdale, built the house in the late 1800’s. He was the grandfather of the famous, or should I say, infamous Mitford Girls, who lived in the house until 1936, when it was sold to Gilbert Willis, later the first Lord Dulverton. (If you want a good title, I suggest you buy this house!)


Lord Redesdale was greatly influenced by Chinese and Japanese landscapes. And there are over 1600 different species of trees and shrubs in the Arboretum.




I’m not an expert at photography but I was very pleased with some of the photos.  I think they explain themselves, although I have put a caption to the Magnolia seed pod, which are normally quite rare but for some reason they have turned up in their thousands this year and have been the most asked question at my husband's Gardener's Question time. 




jeadie05 said...

Your pictures are so lovely proving once again what an awsome artist mother nature is ..looking forward to hearing of your connection to the gun powder plot ,....love Jan xx

tellsg said...

The photos are really good Linda and the Arboretum seems an interesting place to visit.  I think I'll buy that house if I win the lottery.  Looking forward to hearing about your ancester.  Terry x

ally123130585918 said...

Linda the pictures are lovely some of the Autumnal colours are awesome ~ Looking forward to hearing about your ancestor ~ Ally

bobandkate said...

Love the autumnal scenes in this fantastic garden. It is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. Looking forward to hearing your ancestor's story Linda,

susanebunn said...

You really outdid yourself this time.  I adore these pictures.  You picked the best time to visit the arboretum - not too hot and buggy!  Oh, how I wish I could have been there too!  Thank you so much for sharing these.  Another place to put on my list of "must sees"!



beckiepainton said...

Your photos look like they have come out of a glossy brochure, keep it up!Beckie.