Fungi, hats & fun at Newark Park

Yesterday my humans took me along to a rather wonderful place owned by The National Trust known as Newark Hall.  We arrived early before the house and gardens opened so set off for a walk around the estate.  We started off walking through some splendid woods.IMG_8329

I decided it might be fun to hunt for some fungi.  It wasn’t long before I found a small specimen.IMG_8333

I became a tad worried when a dog came to say ‘Hello’ while I was studying the fungus.  Fortunately he soon bounced off to join his humans and didn’t try to pick me up with his teeth.  I have had incidents with dogs so I am rather cautious of them.

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The dog’s human stopped and spoke to us for a while, and pointed out a wonderful specimen of fungi called Dryad’s Bracket growing  far down a steep bank.  He said it was called Dryad’s Bracket.  I clambered down to take a closer look.IMG_8340

The brackets looked a bit like pancakes growing out of the tree.  I decided not to eat one.

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It was easy going down the bank to find the fungi, but climbing back up again was hard work for a small bear of short stature.IMG_8346

I got back to the path with a little help from my humans and continued along the marked trail.  When we emerged from the woodland there was an amazing view. IMG_8351

It was very peaceful without the sound of traffic anywhere; very calming for a bear used to living in the city.  We walked on through a valley where sheep were having some sort of meeting;  you can see them just above my right ear in the photo below.IMG_8354

After walking back through the woods I stopped to take a closer look at the fluffy thistle seed heads that were everywhere.IMG_8358

Eventually we came to a gate and found ourselves in the garden.  I stopped and had a little rest for a while and admire the view.  My little legs were starting to feel quite tired.IMG_8363

After continuing on in the direction of the tea pavillion (my humans are always on the look out for such places!)  we came across a special resting log for tired bears.IMG_8366

I managed to have a five minute ‘power nap’ then was picked up and carried in the spotty bag.  I was very pleased when I climbed out to find that I too had a ‘nice cup of tea’ to drink.IMG_8367

Refreshed by the tea I toddled across the lawn to try my paw at croquet.  I think perhaps the National Trust should get some smaller mallets for those of short stature as the mallet was considerably bigger than me.IMG_8377

I wanted to have a mooch about in the house as I had read that inside there were lots of swans and a dressing up room.IMG_8419

Once inside I got quite engrossed in a newspaper in the drawing room

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Everything about Newark was very interesting indeed.  After absorbing all the information I made my way upstairs to the dressing up room, where I found an excellent selection of bear hats.

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On going up another flight of stairs I was very pleased to make friends with some bears living in a delightful bedroom.  I stopped and chatted to them for a while.IMG_8408

My new friends told me that I should to go into the other bedroom to see all the swans. There were indeed many swans…

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Before leaving the house I had a look at the little room that used to house the toilet; the hole is still there.  I didn’t know that clothes used to be kept in toilets in Tudor times as the smell kept moths away.IMG_8417

As I left the house I was very pleased to see some bees collecting pollen to make honey on a big yellow flowering plant. I had a good look but was careful not to get too close as I really didn’t want a stung nose.IMG_8383

Before leaving to go back home with the humans I sat and just looked at the beautiful view from the garden in front of the house.IMG_8426

Newark Park is a splendid place for bears to take their humans (or vice versa).  I hope I get to visit again oneday.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park

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