Archive for the ‘Gardens & Landscapes’ Category

Tatton Park Gardens

June 4, 2010

DSC_0011 - MOD1 - Tatton Park - Walled Garden Scarecrow - IB 4-6-2010

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Wonderful scarecrows in the walled garden at Tatton Park

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Formal planting with lettuces in the walled garden at Tatton Park

DSC_0037 - MOD1 - Magnolia Tree Flower - Tatton Park - IB 4-6-2010

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A very fragrant Big Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia hypoleuca)

DSC_0023 - MOD1 - Tatton Park - flower - IB 4-6-2010

DSC_0076 - MOD1 - Floer Colour Riot - IB 4-6-2010

DSC_0056- MOD1 - Tatton Park Biennial - Neville Gabie - ice in hut - IB 4-6-2010

Tatton Park Biennial : Neville Gabie “A Weight of Ice Carried from the North for You”

DSC_0064 - MOD2 - Tatton Park - Footbridge over lake - IB 4-6-2010

DSC_0071- MOD1 - Tatton Park Biennial - Fiona Curran Treehouse - IB 4-6-2010 

Tatton Park Biennial : Fionna Curran Treehouse “This time next year things are going to be different”

DSC_0081 - MOD1 - Tatton Park - Japanese Garden - Tea House - IB 4-6-2010

DSC_0080 - MOD1 - Tatton Park - Japanese Garden - Bamboo Fence - IB 4-6-2010

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Japanese Garden at Tatton Park

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DSC_0108 - MOD1 - Tatton Park - flower - IB 4-6-2010

Peak District Snow

February 6, 2009

Strines Reservoir  2 - Snow - 6-02-09

Strines Reservoir

More snow this week so a Friday afternoon and sunset tour around part of the Peak District to sample the delights of snow covered mountains and moors on a beautifully sunny day.

Tree -  Ughill Moor - Snow - 6-02-09 

Lighil Moor

Strines - Bradfield Moor - Snow - 6-02-09

Bradfield Moor

Strines Reservoir  and Boots Tower - Snow - 6-02-09

Strines Reservoir and Boot’s Tower

Boots Tower - near Strines - Snow - 6-02-09

Strines Reservoir and Boot’s Tower

Trees - Bradwell Moor  - Snow - 6-02-09

Bradwell Moor

Tree - Sunset - near Little Hucklow - Snow - 6-02-09

near Little Hucklow

Tree  and Stone Hut - Sunset - near Little Hucklow - Snow - 6-02-09

near Little Hucklow

 Ploughed Field near Tideswell - Snow - 6-02-09

‘Ploughed Snow & Earth’ – near Tideswell

Tree and Tideswell - Snow - 6-02-09

Tideswell from A623

Sunset Snow - near Wardlow - 6-02-09

near Wardlow

Snow Sheep Traffic Sunset -6-02-09

‘Sheep, Snow, Sunset & Traffic’ – A623 near Cavendish Mill

Fire and Snow Sunset - near Monsal - 6-02-09

‘Fire & Snow’ – near Monsal

Traffic after dark near Chatsworth - Snow - 6-02-09

‘Traffic After Dark with Ice’ – passing Chatsworth

Coal’s Cathedral – Clipstone Colliery

July 4, 2008



Clipstone Colliery in Nottinghamshire closed in April 2003.  The headstocks and winding house are Grade ll listed.  All of the other buildings at the colliery – which were not listed – have now been demolished leaving the remainder alone in a sea of bulldozed black and brown.



Newark and Sherwood District Council held a local referendum on the future of the site in 2003 where – supposedly – the majority of the villagers voted in favour of total demolition so that the site could be repopulated with characterless metal boxes for the tasteless frozen chicken and ready-meals packing industry, and erection of densely packed future slums from the likes of Wimpey and Barratt.   How many of the voters were newcomers (who just require a McDonalds within 5 minutes drive of their front door) and how many were miners or other long time inhabitants of the area?


If you stand on the adjacent road and watch the passing traffic you’ll see that more than 50% of drivers look over at the remaining buildings; one wonders how many of them really wish that someone would save this graceful cathedral to coal for future generations.

The headstocks rise elegantly skywards and surely offer a breathtaking view of the adjacent Sherwood Forest.  The machinery house (between the twin headstocks)  is a beautiful example of post-war modernist industrial architecture.  For inspiration the planners and developers could look at Titan Clydebank (a massive shipyard crane that now has an elevator and viewing platform) or to Germany and the Duisburg Landscape Park, a contemporary park around the old steelworks. <BIPS © 2008>


Monsal Dale & Millers Dale – A Light Peak Walk

June 10, 2008

Map of this Walk

Weir on the River Wye just southwest of Monsal Head.

A second beautifully sunny and hot day so another walk, this time further south into the Light Peak area of Monsal Dale.  From Monsal Head down into the valley of the River Wye and south towards the end of Monsal Dale where it meets the A6, northwest along High Dale to Litton, then southeast along the high southern edge of Millar’s Dale and Monsal Dale, down onto the old Midland Railway trackbed and over the Headstone Viaduct, and finally up the steep path back to Monsal Head from the end of the viaduct.

“Are you quite sure you want to take this path?” Heading north towards Litton at the end of High Dale.
Litton and Millar’s Dale from the south.
Looking east along Millar’s Dale in the direction of Monsal Head (out of view).  7.5 miles (12km), approximately 950ft  (290m) total vertical climb, 3.5 hours elapsed. <BIPS © 2008>

Derwent Edge – A Dark Peak Walk

June 9, 2008
Looking down Grainfoot Clough towards the northern arm of Ladybower Reservoir at the beginning of the climb up to
Derwent Edge.

Beautiful weather for an evening walk in the Dark Peak, along the eastern shore of Ladybower Reservoir, up onto Derwent Edge via Grainfoot Clough to Wheel Stones, then north/northeast along the Edge to Black Tor, back down into the valley and along the shore of Derwent Reservoir to the car park at Fairholmes.  Encountered three cyclists early in the evening but after that I had the Edge to myself for nearly 3 hours till past sunset; something you will not normally experience around here in such great weather!


The smaller rocks at Wheel Stones.

Derwent-3-9-6-08 Reservoirs in the valley through Wheel Stones.
Derwent-4-9-6-08 More of Wheel Stones.
Derwent-5-9-6-08 Black Tor looking south.


Black Tor approaching sunset.


The sun has set over the end of Howden Reservoir so time to finally get off the hills. 8 miles (12.9km), approximately 1,050ft  (320m) vertical climb, 3.5 hours elapsed. <BIPS © 2008>

Haddon Hall – Tudor Cookery Weekend

June 8, 2008


Over the weekend of  7/8 June Haddon Hall (a glorious fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century) held a Tudor Cookery Weekend.  Members of a Tudor reenactment society had travelled from near and far to prepare, serve, and devour food of the period.  The privileged few took their places in the Banqueting Hall where they were served in style with all the pomp and ceremony expected in 15/16th Century England.



Tudor food in preparation: plenty of dates and pieces of crumbled egg garnish these sweet/savoury dishes.



Near the entrance to Haddon Hall, just after one crosses over the River Wye bridge, is the Gardener’s Cottage with some excellent topiary.

A hidden door from the side of the Hall leads into the Elizabethan gardens. Haddon-Door-1-8-6-08

Haddon Hall from within the main courtyard.
<BIPS © 2008>

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

June 7, 2008

Photographs from a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in mid-May.

Sitting Lady Hare in 2 sections.  A galvanised wire sculpture by Sophie Ryder.  This reminded me of another great sculptor with a love of hares, Barry Flanagan, some of  whose work can normally be seen at the Roche Court sculpture park near Salisbury.



The excellent visitor reception/gallery space/cafe designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley (FCB Studios), completed in 2002.



Looking west through the reception centre and gallery towards the Underground Gallery.


Part of a  sculpture by Nigel Hall in COR-TEN weathering steel  in front of the   of the Underground Gallery (FCB Studios, 2004), looking towards the west end of the visitor centre.  Most of Hall’s work, including a lot of sketchbook doodling,  left me singularly unimpressed although I did feel slightly more sympathetic to some of his recent steelwork that is exhibited in the grounds of the YSP.




Another COR-TEN  sculpture by Nigel Hall in the grounds of the sculpture park.

Looking in through the entrance to James Turrell’s Deer Shelter
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Wentworth Castle Gardens – A Riot of Colour

June 3, 2008

It may have lost out on funding from the BBC2 program ‘Restoration’ in 2003 but fortunately Wentworth Castle Gardens has subsequently received significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others.  A visit in May revealed the magnificent results of the first phase of the restoration program.  The gardens were in full bloom, especially the Union Jack, Victorian (above), and Azalea (below) gardens.

In addition to the beautiful gardens you can also explore the restored Victorian folly ‘Stainborough Castle’ that was built between 1727 and 1730. There is an excellent visitor centre and cafe in one of the tastefully restored estate buildings.  Wentworth Castle Gardens is 2 miles southwest of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, just over 10 miles from Sheffield city centre.  <BIPS © 2008>