My little brother Nye came along with me to Biddulph Gardens. We were both on a mission to find China; but first we had lunch.
On our way to China we passed many dahlias.
Nye stopped for a while to watch a butterfly.
Here we are in front of ‘The Shelter House’ at the end of the dahlia walk.
Things started to get more interesting when we discovered The Stumpery; an excellent place for bears.
Fungi was growing in some of the nooks and crannies.
Finally we found the way to China…
On the way to China we had a rest on a big boulder next to a glade. A lady stopped to take a photo of us; she thought we were part of the garden’s exhibits!
It was a big surprise to suddenly come across a very large gold bull looking down at us. We had found China!
There were big red dragons in the grass below the golden bull…
Here we are in the heart of China.
There was quite a climb up to the little bear sized house up on the hill…
We both made it to the top…
There were some lovely blue flowers growing amongst the ferns.
After leaving China we had to cross a bridge over a ravine. Nye had some problems with his feet sticking in the gaps.
Here I am with a small tree fern.
Nye wanted to be in a tree fern photo too as it was first time he had seen one.
We had to walk through a tunnel to move on to the next part of the garden.
Biddulph Grange House overlooks the lake.
I kept a close eye on Nye as he studied the fish. He has a history of falling in (remember when he fell in with pigs https://horacethealresfordbear.com/2017/04/04/roskillys-organic-farm-where-nye-falls-in-with-the-piglets/)
We sat for a while enjoying the view and saw many humans taking ‘selfies’.
Some trees are just way too tall for bears to climb up.
Nye managed to get up into the monkey puzzle tree though!
Years ago the big house uses to be a hospital. Nurses used to wheel patients out into the gardens in their beds.
The house behind me had a sinister looking Buddha inside which was lit up in red. We thought the Buddha looked a bit creepy so didn’t hang around to take a photo.
All the exploring made us both very hungry so before leaving we enjoyed a cream tea.
Biddulph Grange garden is really lovely and we especially enjoyed China.
Horace the Alresford Bear 14/9/19
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