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Friday 26 July 2013

A lovely morning spent at Tyntesfield, Nr Bristol, UK

We took the opportunity to visit Tyntesfeild, nr Bristol, before the school holidays begin - calm before the storm!

A beautifully restored gazebo 

Gazebo and maple - wonderful!
In to the rose garden, with the gorgeous smell of lavender.

View from the gazebo
Tools of the trade

Beautiful drive - all sorts of different trees with the space to grow!

I love they way they built the hooks in to the kitchen garden wall to train all the plants.

Fabulous colour..

..and the border of summer wild flowers was breathtaking - this photo does not do it justice!

..now that's what I call a greenhouse - one of many!

A quiet place to sit and look ..
What a stunning oak tree!


It is a lovely place - do give it a visit if you ever get the chance!

Felicity x

Monday 8 July 2013

The stained glass at Buckfast Abbey, Devon UK

We went to Buckfast Abbey in Devon, UK last week - a beautiful place - magical, somehow ...
At the far end of the abbey is the Blessed Sacrament window, which covers the whole of the eastern wall.
It was designed by Dom Charles Norris OSB, a Benedictine monk in the Buckfast Abbey community, and took nine months to complete.
The window at the eastern end of the chapel to gain maximum light.

He used a new style called 'dalles de verre' (tiles of glass). The windows are made of thick tiles of glass about 25mm thick, which have their surfaces chipped so that light coming through them could shine brightly.  They are then laid out in the desired pattern and set into resin.

The stained glass is amazing - well worth a visit if you are ever in the area!

Felicity x