Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Trip to Cambridge, Coichester and The Beth Chatto Gardens

A brief stop over in Cambridge gives one a feel for the place, and a promise to go back and explore properly.
The buildings are phenomenal, I took several photos of the colleges of course and really would like to go on the river.
It was a gloriously sunny day a week ago last Wednesday, but when these photos were taken the weather was beginning to deteriorate a bit.

Opposite the buildings there sits the  amazing  Corpus clock in a window:
 And here it is, very badly photographed with reflections masking the fact that there's a cockroach creature pulling the wheel round.
After marvelling at the architecture, a walk down the road leads to the magnificent Fitzwilliam Museum which was founded in 1816 by Richard 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, one of the most discerning collectors of his day.
Apart from their wonderful collection, the current exhibition' The Search for Immortality' featuring tomb treasures of Han China is well worth seeing, and being shown until the 11th of November.
Love Cambridge Art - the Cambridge Art Walks map was also helpful in guiding a visitor round the other arty places to visit. Some listed were galleries, I would like to go back to visit Kettle's Yard:
The Champion of the Thames was a great place to reflect on the day's events:


Moving next to Colchester where Tim found The Minories and was very impressed with their collection:
From there we visited the castle in Colchester which has an enormous number of old relics housed in a well restored castle:

Last but not least the trip took us to The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB.
It's now 52 years since Beth Chatto began working on the garden, from an overgrown wasteland with poor gravel soil and boggy hollows, she has created an informal garden. The gardens are inspirational and so carefully thought out, with planting schemes to delight even at this time of year .

And glorious planting beside the water above.
And below three wonderful views showing how well Beth Chatto puts plants together:

And some individual plants:
 A glorious Persicaria rosea
 This shrub was on the 'special' list which has been sent to a friend.
And here's a Colchicum planted with Cyclamen, not seen in this photo.

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