Thursday, 11 October 2012

Newark Park with Peacocks, Cyclamen and Views to the South Bathed in Autumnal Sunshine.

Newark Park, a former Tudor Hunting Lodge is a National Trust property near Wotton -under -Edge well worth a visit before the general National Trust closing date of October 28th.
The grounds are beautiful with literally masses of cyclamen under the trees at this time of year, and peacocks roaming freely.
 The cyclamen flowers can be seen as a pink mass.
 This peacock turned round with it's tail feathers beautifully displayed.

We walked down to the lake first where there's a restored summerhouse right beside it.
 On the way up to the house, I took a couple of photographs which demonstrate the steepness of the escarpment and the brilliance of the blue sky.

On the walk back to the house, there's a small gazebo with a stone relief on the rear wall, no one seems to know anything about it; it depicts a woman holding out her long hair whilst sitting on a mythical beast with a knotted tail.
Michael Claydon who continued the wonderful work of Robert Parsons,   has now left, allowing the public greater access to most rooms than previously.
 Above is a pottery dog, probably commissioned by a previous tenant, Robert Parsons, who favoured this type of Great Dane (?)
 Above a golden wall ornament and below a flower painting in one of the bedrooms.
 And on the way out, we walked around the gardens adjacent to the house and came across this lovely feature at one end of the garden.

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