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!!