Sunday, July 5, 2009

birthday outing.

It was my birthday on Thursday and I had wanted to do this post that evening, but after the thunderstorms of Wednesday night we were left without our phone until Saturday and then I had my birthday dinner to organise so I have not got round to it till today!  
It was not a good start to the day weather wise with torrential rain and thunder rumbling round the hills but being ever the optimists we set out to our first destination of the day Trevarno Gardens near Helston.  With virtual rivers of rain water swooshing down the roads we gloomily drove on in the hope of it getting better and luck was on our side as by the time we arrived it had stopped and the sun was trying, not too successfully to emerge.  You can take dogs into Trevarno so Midge was with us so we set out first to wander round the lovely grounds.

First stop at the lookout deck with a lovely view over part of the garden and the potting shed, wouldnt you just love to have that as a studio!

I just love this little garden that runs along the back of the walled garden, it is such a romantic fairy tale little space and the peacocks make it more so, there are loads of them wandering around.

Another romantic view of the lake and the boathouse, nice and moody with the slightly mistiness. On the bank there was a family of ducks mummy and babies and I managed to get really close to the little darlings, sweet!

This waterfall feeds down to the lake.

It is a beautiful garden to wander around with over a mile of paths through woods and other little formal gardens, I love this place as its not too tidy and has a slight wildness to it and one minute your in the woods then you find a gate and you are in a little rose garden.  
Then when you have had a good old ramble round you can go and look round the three museums. 

This is the gardening museum, with all sorts of tools and things garden related beautifully displayed. No thats not Midge digging in the display!

Lovely watering cans.

Love those wire pot holders.

There are lots of gardening toys too.  Look at the sweet little wheelbarrow.

The embroidered bag is divine. 

I would give anything to have these two seed display cases on my walls!

After drinking in all the delights in here, next door more to gloat over in the little toy museum.

Isn't that little drapers shop a treat?

There is also a small soap museum that I forgot to put the pictures of on here and you know how hard it is to stick pictures in where you want them so I will show you them another time. It is another little gem and in all if you are ever in Cornwall do visit this garden, not only beautiful gardens but you can get a Vintage fix at the same time!

Next wizz back home to drop Midge off and then on to The Headland Garden at Polruan near Fowey.  Ian has wanted to go there since he saw it in a book years ago but its a private garden thats not open a lot and we were lucky it was open on Thursday.  Its right on the cliffs with lots of little paths and stunning views, unfortunately I was wearing the wrong shoes (not good grip) to explore many of the slippery little steep paths but enjoyed the views and the sub tropical plants.

They have there own little beach too!

In all a lovely, even though it was a bit damp, birthday outing.

Then when we got home I finished off this new bit of work that I have been really enjoying doing, based on the poem 'Sweet stay at home'.  My birthday present was a sewing machine, my last one died on me, it was really old and had been given to me years ago and never that brilliant. Now I have a second hand singer that goes a treat and even does zig- zag stitch!  I know thats probably not exciting to you all but I have never had a machine new enough to do that before so now I am mad on zig-zagging!!


Helen said...

Oh I am jelous . . . I don't have zig-zag. But even if I did I couldn't make a picture as lovely as that,
Love Helen x

Carolee said...

Happy Birthday!! What a wonderful day out - it does indeed look like something out of a fairy tale!

~ Carolee

Clare said...

happy belated birthday. What a wonderful place.

Michela said...

Happy birthday Jane!
Thank you for sharing your lovely adventure!

walter and me said...

Belated happy birthday, Janw! I managed to sleep through the thunder and rain... A shame as I love a good storm! Trevarno's a rea gem, isn't it!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Love the garden visits Jane. Belated happy returns. Best wishes. Lesley

Julies Knit Stitch Corner said...

Happy Birthday, and what wonderful pictures, I did enjoy those garden tools what an interesting collection.And a super gift for you, I can just picture you zig zagging away on your sewing machine. best wishes Julie.C

Micki Wilde said...

Happy belated birthday, despite our good old british weather it seems you still had a wonderful day out!

Micki x

Diane said...

Ive had zig-zag since I was 16 years old, but I'd give it all away to live in Cornwall and be able to go somewhere so special on my birthday. xx

noelle said...

Happy Birthday, looks like you had a lovely day. I too love trevarno, i love their soaps :) great picture! x x

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, inspiring Post, thank you for sharing. The pictures are beautiful.And glad to hear you all ziggy-zagged up now!
Louise x

A time to dance said...

Oh Jane what a beautiul place like fairy land...I shall put it on my ever growing list of things to do when we visit...thank you for sharing..its the big week this week..think of polly on thurday and friday...BUGSY the way what is your favourite colour...

A time to dance said...

ps belated happy happy birthday from the lambert girls

Pipany said...

Hello. I have come here from Diana at Pebbledash and find another Cornish blog. My favourite bit of Trevarno is the walled kitchen garden. Lovely and off for a read through now x

Cowboys and Custard said...

Happy Belated Birthday Jane... I can think of no nicer place to be than walking through a Cornish garden especially with all those gorgeous artifacts as an extra attraction..
I can't believe I have never been to
Trevarno Gardens before.. We passed through Helston up to four times a year when we had a cottage at Coverack..
Must go look it up..

Funkymonkey said...

Belated Happy Birthday. I love Trevarno and will no doubt be back this summer. It's also a treat to buy their wonderful soaps and organic skincare. Thanks for sharing your day.


The Little Cloth Rabbit said...

Happy belated Birthday!
Seems as thought you had a lovely day out :)

Lyn said...

Happy Belated Birthday!
We went to Trevarno in May when we were on holiday in Cornwall. Hubby got chased by a black necked swan-I thought it was very funny-he didn't!

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Happy Birthday Jane!

Trevarno looks pretty divine,will follow your advice and make a special trip!

:p x

Annie said...

Belated Birthday greetings. What a beautiful place and the gardening museum looks fascinating. I love the embroidered bag it's perfect.

Mad Aunt Bernard said...

So glad I've found you! I love crows which attracted me to your blog - and what beautiful things I've found....I'm like a magpie with new treasure!

Colette said...

Wow!! I have just followed Lyn's link to your blog and I am so glad I did. Fowey is a lovely, special place. I will make sure I come back and visit you again very soon.


Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Gulp. Gasp. This posting is wonderful and inspiring!
Thank you for all the delight
it brought me.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Happy belated birthday! You went to my favourite part of Cornwall. You are lucky to live in Cornwall, I love it!
I enjoyed looking at the photos.
Isabelle x

Gemma Mortlock said...

Oh lovely piccies. You are so lucky to live near Fowey, i have just come back from a weeks holiday there and instantly fell in love with the place. I have some pictures on my blog. We visited Polruan too and went into their oubs and had a wander. Oh how id love to live there *sigh*
You have such a lovely blog am so glad i stumbled onto it and found it.
sending hugs