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Newhailes is a stately home near Musselburgh in East Lothian. It’s now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

Front view:-


Rear view:-


There was a tree there festooned with a mushroom-type growth, in several places:-

Fungus at Newhailes

Newhailes Fungus

Fungus at Newhailes

Walking the grounds we came upon this memorial to the Battle of Dettingen. There is a Latin inscription in memory of John, 2nd Earl of Stair, who fought as 2nd in command to George II at the Battle of Dettingen:-

Dettingen Memorial, Newhailes 6

The battle took place in the War of the Austrian Succession and was the last one in which a British Monarch led his troops.

Reverse view:-

Newhailes, Dettingen Memorial, Reverse View

English inscription after a renewal in 1907:-

Dettinhgen Memorial, Newhailes, Inscription

Remembrance at Gardening Scotland 2106

Just to continue the gardening theme….

The good lady is a keen gardener and had always hankered to visit Gardening Scotland at Ingliston. This year we finally got it together to see the show.

There weren’t many show gardens but one of them was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme:-

Great War Show Garden, Gardening Scotland 2016

Side view:-

Show Garden at Gardening Scotland 2016

Another was on behalf of Erskine Hospital which cares for injured veterans of British wars. I only got round to this photo as the garden was being dismantled:-

Erskine Veterans' Show Garden, Gardening Scotland 2016

Kirkurd War Memorial

Kirkurd War Memorial seems to be in the middle of nowhere sitting by the side of the the A 72/A 70 between Blyth Bridge and Kirkdean by a small junction with an unnumbered road.We’d passsed it innumerable times on our way down south or back up again but only stopped for a photo this May.

Kirkurd War Memorial

This is a view of hills as seen fom the Memorial:-

Hils as seen from Kirkurd War Memorial

Only names from the Great War appear on the Memorial:-

Kirkurd War Memorial Names

Bakewell, Derbyshire

We moved on to Bakewell, Derbyshire, where we had sampled the pudding (or tart) in 2011.

There’s a lovely mediaeval bridge there over the River Wye:-

Bakewell, Derbyshire

The river was teeming with what looked like trout the day we were there last May. A small weir just upstream prevented them from getting further I think:-

Bakewell, Fish in River Wye

The War Memorial is placed on what is now a roundabout in the centre of town:-

Bakewell War Memorial

Brampton War Memorial

Brampton is on the outskirts of Chesterfield as you go west.

Its War Memorial is a simple tapered column with craved top set on a square plinth. I found only Great War names on this memorial:-

Brampton War Memorial

It was a bit odd to see the swastika but this is the good one, the one associated with India (the word swastika is Hindi for well-being) and a good luck symbol.

Brampton War Memorial

Audley End

The reason we swung by Saffron Walden again was to take a look at Audley End which we couldn’t fit in last time.

Audley End has been described as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England.

Audley End

The hedge on the left above is a curious looking feature:-

Hedge, Audley End

Hedge Audley End, from House

Audley End, Hedge

House Entrance:-

Audley End, Entrance to House

Audley End’s grounds were laid out by Capability Brown – as these two photos – showing diffrent bridges – would suggest:-

Second Bridge, Audley End

Landscaped Bridge, Audley End

During World War 2 the house was a training centre for the Polish contingent of the Special Operation Executive (SOE.) This memorial to the 108 members who died as a result of their service lies in the grounds to the front right of the house:-

Audley End Polish SOE Memorial

Saffron Walden War Memorial

On our way back from The Netherlands we again topped at Saffron Walden, Essex. Sadly the good second hand book shop that was there has now closed down. Retirement I think.

I did though take the opportunity to obtain a slightly better photograph of the town’s War Memorial than I got last time:-

Saffron Walden War Memorial

Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast is in Groningen province.

This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-

Art Deco Style House, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Other angle:-

Art Deco Style, Grootegast, The Netherlands

A more typical Dutch style house:-

House in Grootegast, The Netherlands


House Detail, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-

Grootegast War Memorial From Distance

Closer view:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Memorial pedestal:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Dutch East Indies Memorial:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Post World War 2 the Dutch made a doomed attempt to hold on to their Far Eastern colonies. As did the French. And, eventually, the British.

Resistance Monument, The Netherlands

While in The Netherlands we helped walk the good lady’s relatives’ dog most days. In a piece of Dutch woodland we came across this memorial to Resistance fighters who had been captured and shot by the Germans. Not the sort of thing you happen upon in a Scottish wood, thankfully.

Resistance Monument

Resistance Monument, The Netherlands

Doezum, The Netherlands

Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-

Art Deco House, Doezum, Groningen, The Netherlands

Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-

Front View, Art Deco House, Doezum

Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-

Other View Art Deco House, Doezum

There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-

Doezum Art Deco Style

Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-

Doezum Art Deco Detail

Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-

Doezum War Memorial

Doezum War Memorial 2

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