Thursday, March 14, 2013

Out and About

It was a bright, sunny, but chilly day. It was too nice to spend indoors - particularly when the forecast was for rain for the next few days.

A quick drive back towards Gatwick brought us to Nyman's Gardens. This is one of those National Trust properties that nestles in the countryside and could so easily be missed by the unwitting passer-by.

We followed the marked paths - the grassed areas were still very wet and spongy from this week's snow melt. There were clear signs of new growth, if not too much spring blossom at this point.

Nyman's itself was a grand house belonging to a wealthy family - but after being ravaged by fire much has remained as a ruined shell. It looks as if it should be a film set for a "Hammer House of Horror" production.

Despite the atmospheric condition of the ruins (and what remains habitable in the house), the National Trust look after the grounds and gardens with great care and attention.

This section of the Gardens looked as if it had been recently replanted. What was interesting to the Gorse Fox was the juxtaposition of the exotic plants with the remaining snow.

It was a lovely place to go for a stroll on bright spring day - all rounded off with some hot coffee and scones at the NT Restaurant.

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