Monday, 29 July 2013

Sundays visit to Arley Hall and Gardens...........................................................

It's been a couple of years since my last visit to one of my local stately homes... Arley Hall.

It was a lovely sunny morning... but the forecast was to expect heavy showers.

The old Cruck Barn near the entrance dates from around 1470.

 We made the most of the sunshine... the gardens are stunning at this time of year.

...the summer flower borders are so colourful...

... and full of butterflies like this lovely Small Tortoiseshell. 
The rain did arrive... but luckily just as we got back to the car.

23 comments:

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful garden. I love the butterfly shot.

holdingmoments said...

A grand looking place Andrew.
I love that barn.

Amazing wonders in my life said...

Beautiful.. love the butterfly pic

France Paulsen said...

Very peaceful looking, I could easily visualize myself being there.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi what a lovely colourful garden. Great shots and I love the Butterfly.

bailey-road.com said...

That looks like a great place to visit. I love the butterfly shot.

TexWisGirl said...

that barn is SO cool!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

"...one of my local stately homes". You have a very nice place there Andrew.

SweetPotatoMayas said...

Couldn't agree more with Mr. Sinbad's companion - what a beautiful place you live in! The garden, the farm house...just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Harley Wilde said...

That butterfly looks really good in the big yellow flower.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely place, beautiful flowers/gardens! Glad the good weather held long enough for you to enjoy! The butterfly is delightful! Terrific captures for the day, Andrew! Wonderful old barn, too! Have a great week!

Beppan said...

A fantastic garden! Thank you for sharing!

amanda | wildly simple said...

Wow - 1470! The oldest barns in our part of the world aren't even 150 years old.. and those have mostly all fallen in.
Looks like a beautiful place, and I'm smitten with that fine-fringed yellow flower & butterfly!

EG CameraGirl said...

Gorgeous! Wish I could visit that garden too.

eileeninmd said...

It looks grand, love the pretty gardens. The butterfly is a gorgeous shot!

Gary said...

Great tour and the butterfly is stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Indrani said...

The butterfly shot is too good.
Fantastic captures.

mick said...

A lovely place to visit. The timbers in that Cruck barn are amazing.

Bob Bushell said...

I love the butterfly but, I loved the old barn, excellent photos.

The Herald said...

Beautiful gardens Andrew but the barn is just fantastic, an amazing piece of craftsmanship...[;o)

Huldra said...

What a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing :)

Sandra said...

totally awesome butterfly, in this post and in your header

Cezar and Léia said...

Love the picture of the covered bridge, those are so charming!
God bless you!
Cezar