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Lindisfarne Castle

The most outstanding feature of the Lindisfarne skyline is Lindisfarne Castle – instantly recognisable. It’s now in the care of the National Trust.

Lindisfarne Castle

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, National Trust

The castle entrance is very restricted, up a flight of fairly narrow wooden steps, but there is a wider plaza above:-

Lindisfarne Castle, National Trust

One of the rooms has a ship model hanging from the ceiling!

Lindisfarne Castle, (ship)

Fireplace in kitchen. (This is flanked by a cupboard and a settle):-

Castle Fireplace, Lindisfarne, Holy Island

Kitchen cupboard:-

Lindisfarne Castle cupboard, Holy Island, National Trust

Settle:-

Lindisfarne Castle Settle, Holy Island, National Trust

Reverse of settle:-

Lindisfarne Castle, Settle in Kitchen

Walled garden from Lindisfarne Castle. The garden was designed by famous gardener Gertrude Jekyll. The surroundings on Lindisfarne are so bleak and windswept there has to be a wall round it in order for anything to grow.

Walled Garden from Lindisfarne Castle

From the island side the castle looks very different:-

Lindisfarne Castle from Island Side

Castle from walled garden. Apparently the area just to the left of the castle in the photo above was where the Vikings would coast up back in the day as the sea reached in further then:-

Lindisfarne Castle from Walled Garden

Cowden Garden Again

Last April we visited Cowden Garden again. (There’s not much chance of another visit in the immediate future.) he garden had come on a bit in its development.

It takes a lot of work to achieve it but there’s something very relaxing about the way a Japanese garden looks:-

Lake and bridge:-

Lake and Bridges, Cowden Garden

Zen garden, raked in the Japanese style:-

Japanese Garden, Cowden, Scotland

Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Ornamental stone:-

Ornamental Stone, Cowden Garden

Lake and pagoda:-

Lake and Pagoda, Cowden Garden

Brigde over lake:-

Bridge over Lake, Cowden Garden

Path and bridge over lake:-

Path and Bridge over Lake, Cowden Garden

Tree, lake and bridges:-

Tree, Lake and Bridges, Cowden Garden

Small bridge and Zen garden:-

Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Closer view:-

Small Bridge and Zen Garden, Cowden Garden

Lunch was soup with bread and a coffee.

Cup, Cowden Garden café:-

Cup, Cowden Garden Cafe

Grasmere, Cumbria

Grasmere is a village in the Lake District of Cumbria, England, lying beside the lake of the same name.

It is famous as the home of the poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy at Dove Cottage:-

Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Dove Cottage was later also home to Thomas De Quincey, author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

Side view:-

Grasmere, Dove Cottage

Side of house and garden:-

Dove Cottage, Grasmere Side Garden

Part of back garden:-

Dove Cottage back garden 1

Wordsworth’s bedroom:-

William Wordsworth's  bedroom 1

Wordsworth's Bedroom, Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Sitting room of Dove Cottage:-

inside Dove Cottage  sitting room 1

inside Dove  Cottage sitting room

Back room:-

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Back Room

The graves of the Wordsworths are in the local cemetery:-

Wordsworth graves

For the Great War Armistice anniversary some of the local lampposts were adorned with large poppies commemorating lads from the local school killed in the Great War.

Hero Oswald Hillerns:-

Poppy on Streetlight, Grasmere

Henry Bowness Johnson:-

Streetlight Poppy, Grasmere

Cowden Japanese Garden, Clackmannanshire

The good lady is a keen gardener and when she heard that the Japanese Garden, at Cowden, Clackmannanshire was reopening after being a long time overgrown, we had to visit. The garden was first opened in 1908, but was closed to the public in 1955 and left to go to ruin. Thankfully the recent restoration is restoring the garden to its former glory.

Japanese gardens are very elegant. Despite the refurbishment still going on Cowden certainly is. There is an air of peace and harmony about the place. Japanese bridges are especially elegant. The first bridge below is by the path near the garden’s entrance. The second spans the garden’s large pond:-

Bridges at Japanese Garden, Cowden, Clackmannanshire

Pagoda and bridge:-

Pagoda and Bridge, Cowden Japanese Garden

Zen garden:-

Dry Garden, Cowden Japanese Garden

Bench:-

Bench, Cowden Japanese Garden

The burn which feeds the pond:-

Burn at Cowden Japanese Garden

Path to bridge:-

Path to Bridge, Cowden Japanese Garden

Stones and ornament with bridge in background:-

Stones, Cowden Japanese Garden

Backhouse Rossie Estate, Fife

The good lady is a keen gardener and also likes to visit large gardens.

One near to us is at Backhouse Rossie Estate but we hadn’t visited it till the summer of 2018 on what turned out to be a good day trip.

One of the exhibits there is a DNA path seen below from the side:-

DNA path

Here you can see the interweaved paving stones representing DNA’s double helix:-

Backhouse Rossie Estate DNA Path

The DNA path from its other end:-

DNA Path, Backhouse Rossie Estate

At the path’s central point is a sculpture on whose sides are carved the C,G,T,A initials of the base pairs which help make up DNA’s structure:-

DNA Sculpture

An information board describes the sculpture’s inspiration. The garden’s creators, Andrew and Caroline Georgina Thomson, have names whose initials are also those of the base pairs:-

DNA Sculpture info board

The garden also contains wooden sculptures illustrating the Goldilocks story:-

Daddy Bear asleep:-

Daddy Bear Asleep, Backhouse Rossie Estate

Mummy Bear:-

Mummy Bear, Backhouse Rossie Estate

There a putting green too (below with the estate house in the background):-

Putting Green and House, Backhouse Rossie Estate

Threave Garden

Threave Garden lies just to the west of Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway and are in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

The gardens are lovely, well worth a visit.

Burn at Threave Gardens

Pond and Japanese bridge:-

Japanese Bridge + Pond

Japanese bridge (Threave House behind):-

Japanese Bridge

Japanese Bridge from approaches:-

Japanese Bridge, Threave Gardens

Cascade:-

cascade at Threave Gardens

I took a video of the cascade to get the full efefct:-

Cascade, Threave Gardens

Threave House. I believe this is used as administration offices, now:-

Threave House, Threave Gardens

Fuller view:-

Threave House, Fuller View

Garden, The House of Dun

Like most National Trust properties the House of Dun (see previous post) has a well-kept garden.

Formal garden from one of the house’s windows:-

Garden

Pergola. It looks a little like a spider-

Garden pergola

Box hedging by house:-

box hedging pano

Stone in box hedging commemorating the house’s opening by the Queen Mother in 1989 after its restoration 300 hundred years after the house’s designer William Adam’s birth:-

Box hedging dedication

Some of the planting:-

Garden , House of Dun, Montrose

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