After a week or two of dodgy weather, we finally got a sunny day to have another Wednesday adventure. This time we headed to see the gardens at Minterne House (find details on how you can visit on their website).
The Minterne Valley was landscaped in the style of Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. They provide a circular walk, which took us about an hour to complete at 3-year-old pace.
There was a mass of colour provided by a huge collection of rhododendrons, bluebells and others. (yep, am clueless to the names of stuff beyond the obvious!) And despite being described as Himalayan gardens, I thought it provided some classically English vistas – especially with weeping willows casting their reflections into still waters with stone bridges providing a picturesque background. Like being in a living Constable painting.
The smells were glorious, the colours uplifting and there was plenty of adventures to be imagined by a three-year old – as usual I came home with a handbag rammed with sticks and pine cones! Anyway, it is a distinctly grey Monday morning, so here is some colour to brighten it up a bit….
The gardens cost £5 each to visit, which you drop into an honesty box at the entrance, and children are free. Do be aware the house is not open to visitors, and there are no refreshment facilities on site (nor toilets that I saw, unless you count the tree I let a three year old wee behind….).
Having set out late (as usual with a teenager as part of the merry gang) we were starving by the end of the walk so dashed off to nearby Cerne Abbas for lunch – sadly missing the serving times at the home of the best chips we ever had, but finding a very good substitute in the Abbots Tearoom where we had a gorgeous ploughman’s and delicious milkshakes served in the right sort of milkshake glasses. Proper lovely.
Looks like we are set for another wet day this week, but nonetheless am looking forward to getting out on our next Wednesday adventure as soon as the sun shines on us,
Love Miss Cisco XXX