I had been given a copy of a short circular walk (that goes right past the house) when I got the Ouse Valley Way Walk from Per-rambulations. I had been keen to do the walk and when Tim and Helen came down to Sussex for the weekend it was the perfect excuse for a leisurely ramble.
The walk takes in 3 villages (Piltdown, Fletching and Newick) and passes 6 pubs – perhaps I should have chosen a ‘dryer’ walk as it could take a while with Tim and Helen around…
Went for a short walk along Chesil Beach near Abbotsbury, and visited Hardy’s Monument, on the way to visit Maureen.
Went to Sherborne to visit David for a few days, and went on a little tour round Sherborne and Chantmarle (which is now a very upmarket hotel and restaurant but was a Police Training College in David’s day where he learnt all his policeman’s stuff).
On the way back from Chantmarle we came back through Cerne Abbas, with its chalk figure – one of the more famous (and perhaps controversial) chalk figures.
A walk along the South Downs Way during late September 2007, through the counties of East Sussex, West Sussex and into Hampshire. Starting at Eastbourne the route mostly follows the northern escarpment of the South Downs for 100 miles to Winchester.
Well possibly just a single stoat, but while I was out in the garden picking peas and sweetcorn for dinner I spotted a fast moving stoat dive for cover. Rushing to get the camera, and I tracked it down to the pile of rubble, where it was keeping a lookout…
Digging around in some boxes of “stuff” I came across a couple of old hard discs, on one of them were some photos…
There are now 4 new galleries:
In June 2003 I visited Rosminah in Santa Barbara, California. We did a whistle-stop tour of some fantastic gardens and nurseries, both public and private, including Lotusland, Huntington and Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, a new landscaping feature at UCSB, Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria, Taft Ranch (which is now private) in Ojai, and the private garden of John Rees to see his fantastic collection of palms, cycads and aloes.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
Started by Henry Huntington in 1903 the garden now spans nearly 120 acres and contains around 15,000 kinds of plants from all over the world – set within sweeping lawns, vistas and a series of theme gardens.
Created by Madame Ganna Walska the garden is composed of smaller themed areas, containing an array of superb collections of plants within a beautiful series of landscapes and vistas.
Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria
Created by 12 acclaimed landscape designers, the garden offer a range of separate themed gardens and a collection of plants growing in a naturalistic setting.
Taft Ranch in Ojai
Formerly part of Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the Ranch is no longer open to the public. With Rosminah’s connections we had a wonderful tour round.
John Rees’ Garden
John has a great collection of palms, cycads and aloes in his front and back garden. His enthusiasm was infectious – if only the climate was slightly better in Sussex.
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Joining a group tour of the new landscaping, it was fascinating to hear about the development of sustainable landscapes and drainage systems that were incorporated.
Back in 2004 I made a couple of trips to Sheffield, visiting the Winter Garden, a wander around the city centre, and a walk through the Botanic Garden.
The first visit was in March 2004, the second was with the Kew Guild in November 2004. Perhaps one day I will visit at a time other than winter!
Sheffield Winter Garden
Sheffield Town Hall
Sheffield Botanic Garden
Driving back from Cumbria in June 2004 I stopped off to visit Ness Botanic Garden and the National Wildflower Centre in Liverpool.
Ness Botanic Garden
National Wildflower Centre