Saturday, 14 July 2012

A Visit to Buscot Park on a Monday in July and a Folk Festival to Advertise

There is a bit of a stress on the Monday because having told Lesley, a friend who despite living in Swindon for almost 30 years had never visited Buscot Park, that the Burne-Jones Legend of the Briar Rose paintings in the dining room are breathtakingly wonderful, we discovered Buscot House is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Of course it wasn't a discovery, there's a perfectly good handbook, I just hadn't consulted it.
The 2pm opening of the grounds gave us time to have lunch in the nearby 'Trout Inn' on the way to Lechlade, well worth a visit, particularly next weekend, the 21st/22nd of July when there's the 'River Folk Festival 2012' from 12noon till 11pm on Saturday and 12noon till 6pm on Sunday. Free entrance.
I have a water damaged leaflet advertising it:


The gardens at Buscot Park are fabulous and we weren't disappointed in the end that we had the afternoon to enjoy them, and didn't get carried away with Burne-Jones indoors. Here's a sample of what we saw:
 The Peto Water Garden, a similar photo to the one in the handbook, with more water lilies.


It's a bit hard to see, but this is a frog, not a real one, spurting water in the pond at the front of the house near the ha ha.
 And here are 8 of the 17 life-size terracotta warriors from China.
And although this is hard to see, I love the murals painted on the walls and ceiling of the entrance to the swimming pool. There are several more depicting swimmers and a trade union rally, they are hard to photograph because they are now faded.

Lastly, but by no means least, the gardens are marvellous, above here's a long border looking exactly like a long border should do. There's also a Four Seasons Walled Garden and much more.
And here's Lesley half way down the long border.
More information on the website:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buscotpark

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