Lost in Thought

By steveng

One of Many (WFW22_11)

We stopped off at Berrington Hall on the way over to Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy in Welsh:  waterfall on the Wye) where we are staying for a few days before moving on to the coast. 

Berrington is a fascinating mix - late Georgian so relatively plain on the outside, and opulent on the inside.  The original builder, Thomas Harley, was a London banker and had Berrington built as a retirement home. Clearly not short of a bob or two, he had Capability Brown organise the grounds and his son-in-law Henry Holland designed the house. A lot of Scagliola (marble substitute) features adorn internal door frames and decorative elements, although standing on wooden floorboards they do look a little unreal.
The sandstone portico is much more of the 'real thing' in that the mass of the upper section really does need something seriously strong to support it.

In the walled garden we found several clumps of Oxeye Daisies clustered around the fruit trees.  The trust have organised this area as a semi wild meadow with mown paths, plenty of seating and several hammocks slung between trees for visitors to enjoy. 

Definitely somewhere suitable for a blipmeet!

Hope these fit for Wildflower Week.

Thanks to everyone who commented on Gill's tree in a teacup from yesterday.  Our Motorhome WiFi seems to be working well so I should be able to respond better than I usually do this week.

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