Yesterday morning it poured rain, but by noon it was breaking up, and after lunch we decided to walk to Blithewold to visit the mansion and gardens. We had a pleasant stroll down High Street with views like this and many cheery "Hellos" from the locals. The town is getting ready for the Fourth of July, which is a BIG deal here, and flags and bunting are everywhere.
The English manor style of this 45-room mansion certainly appealed to us and we found some of the same details we had used in our little English cottage.
This is the back of the house. The view down across the lawn and out to the river is gorgeous, and the cool breezes coming into the house are magical. We sat on the back porch a while just enjoyed the cool air after our walk through the gardens. Thirty three acres is a lot of ground to cover.
That dogwood tree on the left was absolutely covered with flowers. What a sight!
A view toward the well.
The sunken garden near the living room.
On the way to the vegetable garden.
This 90' tall Giant Sequoia is only 106 years old.
I wash my blog had smellovision so I could share the scent of this gardenia with you. It was heavenly.
The vegetable garden had a few blueberry plants,
lots of lettuce, tomatoes, peas, and herbs.
The water garden had not only water lilies, but lots of frogs to serenade us.