Well, yesterday Winter finally arrived down here in Devon. I dug out my long fur coat, which always comes out of the back of the wardrobe when the frosts appear! I jumped in the car to pop up to the village to get some provisions, and the car was telling me that it was -2 degrees C outside, and with the wind chill factor, it felt a lot colder, I can tell you!
But, the upside is that we have had clear blue skies for the past couple of days and the air was almost sparkling like diamonds. On Wednesday, my friend and I took advantage, wrapped up, and went for a good walk. After we had walked for about an hour and a half, and stopped for a coffee, we decided to then walk around the grounds of Saltram House, which is a National Trust property not far from here. I don't know if any of you ever saw the film Sense and Sensibility when it came out a few years ago, but this was the house that was used in the making of that film. It really is a magnificent Georgian Mansion.
Would you believe that I left my camera at home?! Anyway, I took a few shots with my mobile phone.
This is the magnificent Lime Walk which was planted around 200 years ago. I couldn't help thinking how much Eli & Ruby would like it here. So much freedom for them to run around, and lots to explore. At this time of the year, the gardens are completely free of charge.
It looks as if these steps and little gateway would lead to a magical place!
The Duck Pond just outside the coffee shop!
The Clock Tower to the old Stable Block
Entrance to the old Stable Block
Can you believe that Hydrangeas were in full bloom in January! The frost of the past couple of days will probably kill them off.
The garden was full of Camellias in full bloom
A Folly in the garden - very pretty. Just look at that wonderful blue sky!
Fireplace inside the Folly. Eli & Ruby will love coming in here! I'd love to have a Folly like this in my garden!
If any of you are interested in the different frames that I have used on the photos today, watch out for my Sunday Snaps feature this week.
The lovely Eva, over at Eva Ason's Art Corner, has very kindly awarded me The Liebster Blog Award - thank you so much my friend, and I appreciate you thinking of me. Pop over to Eva's blog and admire her lovely artwork.
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You know that I love each and every one of you, so it is always very difficult to hand out these Award to just a few people. However, it has to be done, so I would like to pass The Liebster Award on to the following Bloggies, with my fondest wishes. If you would like to take the time to pay them a visit, I know that you will not be disappointed. They are all special in their own unique way.
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Sorry this post has turned out to be rather long, but I do appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read it.