There are many many trees to see at Westonbirt Arboretum. To begin I went up to see the tree tops on the high trail.
It was very interesting to see the trees high up.
Further along there was a good view of the wood works where people were busy making things.
There is an interesting information board on the walkway explaining how trees get their nutrients and water up to the leaves at the top.
I was hoping to climb up even higher to a platform around a tall tree’s trunk but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance.
At one point bees were busy and as the walkway was in their flight path I didn’t hang around.
At the end of the walkway there is a splendid sculpture featuring three dogs.
The day was very hot so I spent a while sitting under a very big tree.
There was also a very tidy bivouac.
I think this was my favourite tree in the Arboretum.
It is a Japanese Paper Maple.
The young trees are kept inside little fenced areas to keep them safe. This one is a honey locust tree.
There was a strange carved house for little people. A wizardry type of chap with a woodpecker on his head were above the door for fairies.
I was very surprised to come across the Gruffalo’s child wandering in the Silk Wood.
Somehow I managed to get caught up in some burdock. It is like the prickly side of velcro and my fur is the soft side.
Thankfully I managed to get free.
This is a special composting station where wood chips used for mulch are stored. The heaps get hot which sterilises them.
To start with I thought these flowers were crocuses growing at the wrong time. My human thinks they are some kind of anemone.
Sometimes you just have to lie under trees.
The view from the ground made me feel very small.
Another young tree safe it its cage. This one is a Japanese Maple (Westonbirt Spreading Star).
There are many miles of paths in the Arboretum. I think I travelled about 6 miles. (I did spend a little time in the bear carrier)
Many trees from all around the world big and small.
I was jolly pleased to find some honey bees…
I did rather jump when I spotted The Gruffalo! He is actually very friendly.
Mouse was busy with an acorn.
Fox let me have a little ride.
Then Owl was so busy being wise and thoughtful he didn’t lend a wing and help me up!
Squirrel was a happy fellow
And Snake fortunately didn’t eat me.
After so much walking about my legs were getting very tired and tummy hungry so we headed back towards the cafe.
I settled for cinnamon bun and some ice cream. Yum yum yum…
When I got home I discovered that I still had burdock burst stuck on my fur. The burdock plant is very good at distributing its seeds that way. I shall plant them in a pot and see if they grow baby burdock bushes.
Nye was very excited to come along to Lacock with me.
Lacock is a very old village in Wiltshire. Here I am admiring a splendid wood framed house.
We spotted what looked like a green castle in a garden but on climbing up onto the wall realised it was a topiary.
There was also a topiary whale. Can you spot it?
One house had a stall outside selling all sorts of home jams and meringues.
Amongst the jam we found a jar of Lacock honey. Honey is good for bears so we bought it.
Further up the road we spotted a little stall outside a cottage with lavender bags for sale.
Nye chose a little bag and we popped a pound through the letterbox as instructed.
Further along there was a trug full of very beautiful vegetables for sale. Again we popped some money through the letterbox for some green beans and summer squashes. Fortunately the humans were happy to carry them as they were rather heavy for small bears
Before going into The Abbey grounds we stopped at the National Trust Stables cafe for some chocolate cake. Yum yum yum….
The Abbey gardens are very pretty and many summer flowers were in bloom.
There were also lots of apples in the orchard.
We said ‘Hello’ to the Abbey cat.
Nye spotted a big pond disguised with green plants and lilies growing all over the top.
We were pleased to discover a life ring at hand just in case anyone falls in.
The sheep in the next field were a bit shy and moved away when we went to greet them.
Here we are in front of Lacock Abbey…
We found a ‘Monastic drain’. I peered down and there was a very big cavern underneath. (For more information about the drain see the link at the end of this blog)
Before entering the Abbey to see The Cloisters we paused for a selfie.
The Cloisters at Lacock are a masterpiece and very beautiful.
Some of the filming for the Harry Potter films was carried out in Lacock’s Cloisters.
The Cloisters really are very special and well worth visiting.
As we walked back to the carpark I noticed this sign which is very true. We all need nature.
The large patch of various types of thyme was very pleasing to the eye.
I think I look good with purple!
After visiting the gardens we set off on the woodland explorer trail.
There was a very big bug house so I didn’t get too close just in case very big bugs had moved in!
Soon I came across a good opportunity to practice my climbing.
Someone had been busy building a bear shelter.
I stopped to listen to the bird song as suggested and my human got a video clip.
Then sadly her phone went off, the battery had run out, so we didn’t get any more photos.
We finished the woodland trail then walked around some fields while trying to work out what crops were growing. The visit ended with cake and a flask of tea; I am sure you can imagine me sitting with my Victoria sponge!
An interesting place to visit if you are passing by.
It has been a busy week for me visiting National Trust gardens; the humans should have been on holiday but ended up having to holiday from home and visit some fairly local places. The first thing I noticed at Barrington Court was a sign saying only one gardener had been looking after the grounds during the ‘lockdown’ period.
Everything looked fine to me but the grass was quite long in the orchard.
I was very keen to see the gardens…
For a few minutes I had to shelter from the rain.
There were lots of marigolds in the kitchen garden; marigolds attract insects that eat aphids so I presume that is why they were there.
Cherries; yum yum yum!
Some of the flowers in the kitchen garden were probably being grown to cut and put in flower arrangements such as the Sweet William here.
I was very impressed with the pears being grown against the wall.
There were normal pear trees too; I think these will be delicious at the end of summer.
I was very careful not to fall into the pond.
A rather wild looking scarecrow was busy keeping birds away.
There was also a very busy gardener working very hard in The White Garden.
I liked this splendid path so much I just had to sit and look at it for a while.
The bees on the flowers are also fascinating to watch…
On leaving the gardens we discovered Strode House, which was built in the 17th Century as a stable block. It now contains a holiday apartment which must be a lovely place to stay.
I spent a while looking at the garden.
Here I am in front of the Tudor House, Barrington Court. It was one of the first large houses that the National Trust acquired.
I didn’t get too close to the moat.
While exploring the woods it was good to find that honey bee hives were nearby.
I kept well away from the hives. Bees are best left alone to make their honey.
There was a very strange multi-faceted sundial with a lion sat on top on the lawn in front of the house.
After all the exploring I was quite hungry. I had a very peaceful lunch sat on the lawn outside the shop (which is closed at the moment).
Barrington Court is well worth visiting especially if you like gardens with beautiful paths. I hope to go again sometime.
Today I visited Kingston Lacy for the first time ever.
There was a sign explaining that due to the estate being closed for a few months because of the coronavirus some of the garden areas had become a bit wild and overgrown. No problem for me as I like wild places!
Here I am resting in front of the house.
This sign urges humans to take off their shoes and feel the earth beneath their feet. I do that most of the time and love it.
I was very tempted to climb on these then noticed the sign….
It is wonderful to stumble upon bear sized shelters when exploring.
Another chance for a little rest in the Japanese Garden.
I climbed up onto the fence to view the other half of the Japanese garden.
There is a very beautiful meadow full of oxeye daisies and surrounded by bamboo.
I nearly got lost in the bamboo; it is much taller than the sort we have at home.
Sadly some of the flower beds are empty at the moment but they have been weeded and no doubt will soon be full of bedding plants.
The perennial deliphiniums were looking quite striking.
I’m not sure that this poppy should have been in the rose garden but I thought it looked amazing.
I didn’t expect to fine a sarcophagus at Kingston Lacy. The humans assured me that it wasn’t a real one.
Before going on the woodland walk I ate some lunch. I don’t always have cake!
The Woodland walk has some interesting activities along the route. Stepping stones; much easier for bears and humans with long legs. I have short legs.
I spotted a huge tree that must have fallen during a storm.
Someone had carved special bear sized steps into the side of it.
More splendid fungi….
This was an interesting activity found next to the path. Making faces with twigs and leaves.
I do like walking through woods.
The next activity was to build a little house with bits of wood and bark.
Further into the woods I found yet more fungi.
After completing the woodland walk my legs were quite tired and I felt in need of refreshment. I headed towards the stables cafe where takeaway food and drinks were being served.
I opted for locally made Purbeck icecream. It was delicious.
Kingston Lacy is a really lovely place and I do think children especially would enjoy the woodland walk.