Looking back through my pictures to find something, I found these and realised that I had not shared them with you. Don't you hate that!
It is even more annoying, because I have these pictures of a junk yard that we found one day, and I cannot for the life of me remember where it is or what it is called. So if anyone has any idea, please let me know, because I would love to go back again. It is somewhere in North Somerset, other than that, no idea! As you can see, it is a pretty distinctive place, so perhaps someone will know where it is.
Not many junkyards have tanks, and I seem to remember there was a rocket and a selection of nose cones from some sort of fighter jet.
It was an amazing place, full of all sorts of things, my camera battery went flat I think, otherwise I am sure there would have been more pictures.
It was full of statues, metal ones and stone (or concrete I suspect in some cases), planters, seats, bricks, all kinds of "stuff". The sort of place where you could have a real rummage.
As you can see it was a very grey day and I think it must have started to rain, because we didn't stay long.
If only I could remember where it was I would make a trip to go back and have another look. They had an enourmous collection of saddle stones (the stone mushroom shaped things you can see in the picture above), mostly repro's I think. If only I had the right sort of garden.... If only I could remember where this place is....
I also forgot to show these few brief pictures of Knightshayes Court, another National Trust property. It is a beautiful Victorian house. I only have a few pictures, but there are some lovely ones on the NT website, and the house is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
We have visited several times before, so I only photographed the gardens as I took these pre actually starting my blog.
These willow sculptures of the deer were enchanting. If you just looked quickly and saw them out of the corner of your eye you would have thought that they were real deer just munching their way across the grass.
The views from the terrace of the house are stunning.
The gardens are beautiful too.
Can you see what is up the tree?
A giant salamander coming down the tree trunk. Another of the willow sculptures. My mum visited recently and she said they have added some more, including a horse which she said was wonderful. So I need to go back to Knightshayes as well to see that!
It is a house and garden that is really well worth a visit. I have never been in the autumn, but because there are so many lovely trees, I expect that it looks great with lots of colour and leaves to wander through.
Hope you enjoyed a brief view of these two places. If you know where that junkyard is, please tell me!!
I volunteer with the National Trust at Basildon Park so the National Trust know that I exist because I volunteer with them, but that is all. I am just sharing this with you because it was an interesting visit. As I have no idea where the junk yard is that is self explanatory!