Saturday, February 9, 2013

Postcard from Charlecote Park

January 2013 was notable for snow. I'm sure you saw enough of that without me posting from it. February's treat is snowdrops: brave portents of spring. I found these at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire, along with deer, mice on swings (in sculptural form) and woven willow balls.

I love to find sculpture in a landscape and wonder what "Capability" Brown would have thought of the additions to his landscaped grounds. He tried to perfect nature but I'm all for eye-catching additions and don't mind a little whimsy. The snowdrops were the stars though. No competition.

Yes, I know, you're convinced I can't have had an outing without setting foot in a cafe. Well, turn 180 degrees from the view above and there's an Orangery within which I ate delicious soup and a delightful cream tea. Jealous much?

6 comments:

Elaine S Moxon said...

I love snowdrops! They are truly heralds of spring. Charlecote park is a beautiful place. It's great to see organic sculpture alongside nature and Brown's wonderful gardens. Gertrude Jekyll is another favourite designer of mine. It would be fascinating to know their opinions on wicker balls! As for the cake - it is a ritual for me to visit every cafe and 'test' their wares.

Look forward to the next postcard.

Elaine

Katharine D'Souza said...

I don't think I've visited a Jekyll garden but the pics online suggest I'd like it if I did! Am not much of a gardener myself - would go so far as to say I loathe gardening - but I love looking at a beautiful garden. Preferably from a table furnished with tea and cake...

Timberati said...

Jealous, yes. Though, I would prefer espresso to tea.

Katharine D'Souza said...

We will have to agree to differ, Norm. I can't condone espresso with scone and cream. No. I just can't!

Timberati said...

Cappucino?

Katharine D'Souza said...

No! (Sorry, couldn't resist the snappy, but cheeky, response)