Spring is really here!
We had a beautiful walk this morning, through Clumber Park. The river and bridge over it made a very nice picture. Kairen was fretting that I was going to fall in. Given my track record with doing just that she was relieved that I only paddled to get the photograph.
The bridge was the original approach to Clumber Park prior to the development of the famous lime tree avenue. Those who run Clumber Park say they know it was built in the 1760s. It was built in a classical style over the River Poulter, which was dammed to form the famous Clumber Park lake.
We have a diary from a visitor who came in 1762 and we know work was underway then,” says Simon Chesters-Thompson, regional curator for the National Trust who run the park.
The bridge has survived for more than 200 years but Simon says it still faces modern day threats.
“The bridge has had two terrible threats in recent decades
“Many of the balustrades have been replaced due to people driving through them on a regular basis.
“The other threat has come from mining. The mines run all the way under Clumber Park and many of the structures have suffered terrible subsidence. But the bridge has survived.”
We had a ‘long lunch’today and spotted this beautiful garden on the way home.
Rose Cottage was built in 1898 and the garden is a picture postcard English country garden.
These beautiful tulips have been a wonderful splash of colour in the house.
How sumptuous do these tulips look?
No enhancement to this photo at all, they looked just as vibrant in real life.
Tulip mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed.
At the peak of tulip mania in February 1637, tulip contracts per bulb sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman. It is generally considered the first recorded economic bubble.
These beautiful pansies were just too good to miss….
A visit to a garden centre in some very unexpected fine and sunny weather.
This magnificent lilly caught my eye.