Monday, 31 March 2014

Nymans, West Sussex - National Trust property - 29.03.14

Saturday was a fine, dry and sunny day, so we decided to visit Nymans in West Sussex.
Nymans is owned by the National Trust, but was previously owned by the Messel family, a City Banking family. - Oddly, my late father in-law, worked for the Messel family and and visited here on an outing with the Bank.
Sadly, the house was partially raised to the ground by fire in 1947. It was partially re-built and occupied by the Messels daughter, Anne,and her husband, the 6th Earl of Rosse. In 1953 the property and gardens were willed to the National Trust.  As you will see, the house is a ruin, although the ground floor where Lady Rosse lived, was habitable, and normally open to visitors.
Although it is very sad that this fine building is no more, what remains is very atmospheric, and I love to visit.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Glasshouse at R.H.S. Wisley in January

We never miss a visit to the Glasshouse when we go to Wisley.   Here are some of the flowers we saw:-

When we visited it was a week before the butterflies were officially on view in the Glasshouse.  We were pleasantly surprised to find a few had been released early.

I love the cactus area in the Glasshouse

This waterfall always looks good.

Just a few flowers open in the Alpine House


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Winter Trees at R.H.S. Wisley

These were taken in January as a project for my U3A group - Winter Trees

Friday, 7 March 2014

Winter at RHS Wisley

Just before Christmas a friend and I decided to visit Wisley Gardens - it was a very cold and windy day, but I got a few photographs with my small Nikon camera.

I loved the colours in these leaves.

Gunnera covered over with their own leaves to protect them over the winter.  They mirror the pagoda roof.

I just loved the colour of this tree

And this oak tree at the end of the bonsai walk.  

Monday, 3 March 2014

Sydney - October 2013 - Day 2

We rubbed the snout of this boar for good luck.

The Sydney Botanical Gardens

Outside the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge