Sunday, October 31, 2010

Falconry at Wisley

In sharp contrast to the sunny autumn weather of Monopoly day, we woke to a really wet one for our planned trip to see the birds of prey flying at RHS Garden Wisley. We first stopped by the small marquee that had been erected for them as they waited to perform for us. A short walk through the arboretum brought us the reward of seeing some beautiful trees in their autumn colours. But after the flying display, we admitted defeat and after a welcome, warming coffee at the Glasshouse Cafe we came home to dry out.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Final Monopoly Day

The last Monopoly day came and was a lovely autumn day, We began our expotition by travelling to Euston Road. We explored around Euston Station, the British Library and then St Pancras and King's Cross Stations before continuing on along Pentonville Road to Angel.

Suitably refreshed in a local hostelry, we caught the tube to Liverpool Street Station and began a long walk from there passed the Bank of England and onto Fleet Street.

There are lots of interesting old buildings here with narrow alleyways leading to churches and pubs hidden away.The Loriner makes and sells bits, bridles, spurs, stirrups, saddle trees and the minor metal items of a horse’s harness. 

Fleet Street and the Strand took us passed many famous buildings including the Courts of Justice as well as the newly renovated Savoy Hotel. A certain Mr Faraday was discovered outside the Institute of Electrical Engineers.

Our last location was Bow Street, famous for its Runners, which runs in front of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hyde Hall's Taste of Autumn

 RHS Garden Hyde Hall also held a Taste of Autumn Festival this weekend.

There were several excellent exhibitors, apple tasting and lots of activities for kids. The sun shone on us as we walked around the garden, enjoying the autumn colours - from the Upper Pond down to the vegetable plots and back.

And then we wound our way around the dry garden, the Australia and New Zealand garden and finally past the lovely autumn colours in the beds on Clover Hill bringing us back to the entrance.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Taste of Autumn at RHS Garden Wisley


The day began with a frost, which surprised everybody and gave us the chance to take some rimey photographs when we entered the garden early with the eager visitors to the festival. It was certainly a popular outing for lots of parents with their children on half term holiday. There were lots of apples to taste and buy as well as a host of different types of pumpkins. In a tent of its own Europom, the European apple club, had  wonderful country displays of unusual apples and pears to delight all, and there were plenty of people keeping the experts busy with questions on apple growing and identification.


As the sun shone and warmed us up, we strolled through the Garden, enjoying the sunshine and the colours that it brought to life.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Walking round Winkworth

Such a lovely autumn day, we just had to take a walk through Winkworth Arboretum. It was so rewarding.