Mossy roofed potting shed in the walled garden at the national Trust’s Calke Abbey. There’s a tiny bed in there for the garden boy whose job it was to keep the greenhouse boilers stoked. Alison and I have started a tradition to walk the gardens in the week before Christmas, and reflect on what life was like for the gardeners. Then there’s a food fair in the old riding school where we sample local honey, Leicestershire cheese, home made fudge and chocolates- and we stock up for the festive season. It’s rather a wonderful tradition to have started.
It’s nice to find something new in a favourite- much visited garden. This area was being excavated last time we stopped by. What treasures were under the mounds of earth, we wondered. It looks like a boiler for the hypocaust heated wall. Isn’t it amazing it’s still here. And the beautiful brick floor is still intact.
View of the peach house /orangery from the church. We spotted these glorious giant white-painted cloches. And coveted them!
We’ve never seen the sheep grazing right to the house before. We like this seasonal change. The sheep set a scene that could easily grace any Christmas card. We just need some snow to complete the picture.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tour of Calke Abbey and the kitchen gardens. Do you have a garden that you love to visit as often as you can? Do you find new treasures each time you visit? Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to comment- so I know I’m not just talking to myself.