Late April and there is still a little time for another bench for Jude. This one was taken in April but several years ago. It’s Forde Abbey in Somerset, a lovely garden worth visiting in any season, and there are several benches with pretty good views. Now, everyone has photos of benches so why not join in over at Jude’s place. There is a different them every month, May is ‘At the Beach’, in case you can’t make this month.
This morning person has no problem getting up, but finds it harder to get out the door. Today I was awake at 4.45, stressing about all the things I have to do and up at 5.20!I love the quiet hours around dawn, so yesterday partly because of the photo challenge, and partly because I was going east 125 miles to visit my daughter and family, I made special effort to walk the dogs early so I took them out at 7am, they were shocked!
Stepping into the front garden the sun bleached the colour from the pesky Spanish bluebells
When I saw this photo I couldn’t think what shrub this was, then realised it’s Gilliae Shadownia plant!
A view up from the path, spot the bindweed invading from next doors garden.
Dido is trying to smell the camellia.
Up around the block is a window I’ve always admired, in the shade this morning though. Discovery is a nursery.
This tiny council border always has a little colour.
if you look through the window of St Clares Chapel you can see the morning light on the window on the other side of the building.
Here is St Clare’s, glowing in the morning light. It’s built from Heavitree stone, I think they still have a service here occasionally.
These pods are left from autumn, anyone know what the tree is? Jude maybe?
These are the Livery Dole Almshouses, next to St Clare’s, built by Lady Louisa Rolle in 1849, to replace earlier ones dating back to 1594. Livery Dole, from the old English Leofhere – the man who owned to land, and Dole meaning a piece of land, is a small triangle dividing Heavitree road from Magdalen road. Until 1531 heretics were burned at the stake at the junction nearby, hence the name lots of history here!
This is a very difficult challenge for me, dawn is before 6am at present and I would need to drive a few miles to photograph anything interesting, so this is the best I could do, phone photos on a dog walk!
Surrounding one of the best known holy wells in Britain is the Challice Well garden, a tranquil place to soothe the soul.
As far as plants are concerned I think I preferred my last visit which was in summer, but there was still plenty to see.
The garden is set on a gentle slope with Glastonbury Tor rising above, and as you walk upwards you eventually reach the well head. The waters have been know in the past as the Red Spring and the Blood Spring and legend tells that it represents the blood of Christ, springing from the ground when Joseph of Arimathea washed the cup used at the last supper. Others see the continuous spring of the life force.
The Lion’s Head fountain is the only place where the water is safe to drink. Even so, just a few drops are recommended for healing, with the homeopathic approach. Even though I’ve tried it before, I still had a sip and it tastes very strongly of iron.
There are lots of little niches, some with seats, to quietly meditate.
I hope this young man found peace.
Legend says tha Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury with the Holy Grail and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill, which then grew into the original thorn tree. The thorn is unusual because it flowers twice a year, at Christmas and again at Easter. Each year a sprig is sent to the Queen.
The Vesica Pool
The Vesica pool is shaped as a figure of eight, its seven bowls swirling down like a mountain stream.
Some bold colour outside of the shop.
The garden is protected and maintained by the Challice Well Trust, set up by Wellesley Tudor-Pole is 1959 and is open daily throughout the year, should you wish to visit, it is 20 minutes walk from the centre of Glastonbury.
My post is for Jo’s Monday Walk, if you click the link you will be able to join in and find lots of interesting walks.
This week, share with us your take on “depth” — you can take it literally, like me, by showing something (a dense forest, your lawn after a blizzard) that suggests volume, a distance between surface and bottom. Or go with a more figurative approach: use a deep color palette, play with your image’s depth of field, or highlight a person, a place, or an object to which you feel deeply connected.
So this is my response to Ben’s challenge.
In the depths of Cornwall there is a view deep down from a shop window at this pub!
Still in Cornwall, the depth of the cliff near Padstow is quite scary if you hadn’t planned to walk the narrow path and you’re wearing the wrong shoes.
The cellar in the depths of Mottisfont Abbey has visible remains of it’s medieval priory.
I like the multi layered depth of this sculpture at Broomhill.
Sissinghurst Castle is renowned for its garden ‘rooms’ and if you look down into the depths from the tower you get a great perspective.
Jude at https://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/bench-series/ is running a monthly challenge with the theme of benches this year and January’s topic is ‘In the Garden. I’ve already posted one photo but I came across this one today and as it made me smile maybe you will too. This is Daisy, I don’t remember what she was laughing at, but this is a typical Daisy expression and it comes with a happy ‘grrrhhh’ and a lot of tail wagging. She was probably enjoying the fresh air at Hartland Abbey garden in north Devon. Or maybe she wanted me to sit on the bench so she could have a rest too!
For a summer loving lass like me, a balmy hour on a garden bench surrounded by plants is perfect. This one is at Penshurst Place, near Royal Tunbridge Wells, taken last June.
Jude has created a new monthly challenge, a photo of a bench. She has discovered that lots of people have a passion for taking photos of them, and have many in their collections. I’m a one of those bench anoraks, as well as windows and doors! If you are too, why not pop over http://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/bench-series/ and join in?
For some time now I have been photographing benches when I come across them. I like benches. I especially like them when they are placed in a convenient position, like half way up a hill, or on the top of a cliff, preferably with a view. Some benches have plaques, some have slats, some are made of wood, some are good (to sit on). So for the next year, as a new feature, I am going to post a photo of a bench/seat each week. So you can take the weight of your feet and relax and breathe…
Jude is a real garden lover, so she is kicking off the challenge this month with the theme of garden benches
A trip to a garden centre will always give you a chance to see colourful flowers, and Otter Nurseries quite close to me, is a lovely one to visit. Outside, their displays are full of planting ideas for all seasons, with perennials, bulbs, trees and veggie plants on offer. I liked these.
And inside the huge greenhouse, some exotics.
Much more affordable and able to withstand the English climate are these dear little Violas.