Discovering somewhere new always inspires
We had a fabulous weekend, the sun was shining (which never fails to lift my spirits), we had good food, even better company and after church on Sunday we had a fab walk around Oxnead Hall gardens - have you been?
I've never had the pleasure until this weekend.
Oxnead Hall, as a rule, is a wedding & holiday venue (and a ruddy lovely one at that!), so not normally open to the public (I understand), however on Sunday it opened it's gardens for the National Garden Scheme ~ which raises oodles of money for charity, as a result of so many people opening their garden gates, not to mention the hard work they put in to making their spaces look so wonderful. And Oxnead was no exception.
As soon as we strolled down from the car park I knew I was going to be taking A LOT of photos. It is such a stunning place (*backgardenenvy) and every vista had obviously been carefully designed. Take a look...
There was a folly by the lake
(damsel not included)
Lovely places to sit and ponder
Even spot the odd fish or few
A lovely little row boat watched over by a pair of cherubs
(They nicked the oars if you ask me)
And a host of formal gardens, fountains, statues and hidden gems
It was such a lovely visit and everyone agreed it was a stunning place ~ the kids enjoyed rolling down the grass 'hills', the grown-ups enjoyed taking in the views, reading about some of the fascinating history and stories behind the garden's construction, and how it's changed over the years. It is a place that truly inspires; it wasn't just the cultivation of natural beauty, but the thought and design that has, over time (and hard graft), made Oxnead Hall gardens a living piece of art.
Had I been on my own, (and able to take things at a less kid friendly pace) I would've taken a sketchbook and left with more than a few scribblings, I'm sure. As it is I took the big-girl-camera and took a load of photographs. I really hope you've enjoyed taking a look at some of them, and they have given you a taste of what Oxnead Hall gardens are like ~ fab, right?
Am I the only person who finds lovely places can breed inspiration and replenish the creative juices? Or at the very least make you appreciate where you live more? I spent today brimming with creative ideas ~ it's been blissful!
Feel free to share a favourite place of yours in the comments - It would be great to discover more inspiring places.
Here's to finding beauty and inspiration