I was recently in the UK and a bunch of us went to Trentham Gardens for the day. The weather was bright and dry but bitterly cold. We had hoped to visit the Monkey Forest but it was closed for the winter. The site is huge and we saw only a very small part of it and would love to go again in the summer and take more of it in. Anyway, we braved the cold and followed one of the garden walks around the lake. There were lots of interesting statues, sculptures and artistic installations to capture the eye. I really enjoyed it. In no particular order I’ll show you some of the unusual and lovely things we met, like the golden hare above. Isn’t it fabulous?
The lake was covered in swans and ducks – these are just a small bevy amongst a huge colony of them.
Perseus and the Medusa’s head.
Some natural foliage. Look like empty seedheads to me but I’m no botanist. I think they’re very pretty in a wabi sabi kind of way.
There were fairies everywhere!
And wonderful dandelions.
And wonderful dandelions with fairies on!
Despite being well into November, some bright flower faces still looking up at the sun. What are they? Haven’t got a clue but they were so cheery.
Again, I have no clue what this plant is, but aren’t the leaves pretty?
And strange magic mushrooms (not that sort of magic mushroom!).
There were statues of deer running through the trees.
This photo was a little blurred but I posted it to show you the gorgeous green moss on the fallen tree trunk.
Look at the colour of the autumn leaves!
I had to up the exposure enormously to show you this wonderful carved stag beetle. It was far too dark to see otherwise.
Another lovely fairy.
And what about this handsome chap? Isn’t he magnificent?
Strange pods hanging from the trees were among the more unusual of installations!
Steel fish caught in reeds – amazing.
Look at the marvellous carvings of otters running down the tree trunk. Just awesome.
A fairy on a roof top.
By this time, we’d got half way around the lake and come upon a cafe so we piled in for a good, hot cup of coffee. After that, the cold was really biting and we abandoned the rest of the trail and made for the shopping village, which was also quite lovely.
Great day but for the wind and the cold. Definitely want to go back again and see the rest so roll on next summer.