March 26th, 2009

Wanaka tree

Forde Abbey

Last Friday I had the day off, so decided to visit some gardens about an hour's drive from home. Forde Abbey is just inside the county of Dorset. I got there just as it opened. At this time of year you can only get access to the gardens, which suited me fine. I was really lucky with the weather and it was a gorgeous early spring morning as I found my way through the lanes and backroads to the car park behind the Abbey buildings. The name suggests somewhere occupied by monks, but in fact it has been a family home for several centuries. As I walked around the gardens taking photos it felt really strange. I was actually taking photos in glorious sunshine, something I hadn't done for, seemingly, a very long time. The lawns were carpetted with crocuses and wild daffodils and the trees and other plants were just beginning to burst out into bud. In all, it was just about the perfect setting on the perfect day to be taking spring photos. I hope you agree.

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