Monthly Archives: June 2016

Riding the Rocking Horse

Tyntesfield Rocking HorseOh! Let there be some relief from the bascule of every day,
Lurching forward then back in the crazy dance.
But however often we yearn for resting at some still point,
That snatched time of pause gives us but a moment of reflection,
In which we reluctantly admit that, yes, the world keeps turning,
That ‘life goes on’, and there is only one door marked Exit.
We inevitably live our lives continually out of balance.
Do we want to be average – centred, calm … and bored?
Or can we enthusiastically engage with the chaotic swirl
That teaches us our humanity?

© 2016 Peter Young

Lacock Rocking Horse

Top: Rocking Horse in the Library at Tyntesfield House

Bottom: Rocking Horse at Lacock Abbey.

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Followed by Heavy Rain …

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn Croome Walled Garden, the peonies have taken a bit of a battering in the recent heavy rain.

However, the foxgloves are much more weather-resistant. The foxglove flowers are higher up the stem; the aquilegia flowers have gone, and the shoots of the wistaria are growing longer:

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Lower Brockhampton

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A damp morning and a sheep crosses the drive of the Brockhampton Estate as I make my way down to Lower Brockhampton House, where I am once again delighted by a bygone age brought back to life in the kitchen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd a splash of colour brightens an otherwise overcast day …

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© 2016 Peter Young

 

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Spindle Moth Caterpillars

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEuonymous or Spindle Ermine moth caterpillars (Yponomeuta cagnagella) suspended on a single thread from one of the spindle trees (Euonymus europaeus) near the Lake in Croome Park.

© 2016 Peter Young.

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Stairs

Red Wing Stairs

Red Wing Stairs

Looking down the stairs into the past of the Red Wing at Croome Court. The coloured walls date from the time of the School and the Hare Krishna inhabitants at Croome. Now, years of neglect have led to rather fragile lathe and plaster ceilings, exposed brickwork and peeling paint – and glorious colour.
© 2016 Peter Young

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Croome Walled Garden

Walled Garden Door

Walled Garden Door

In Croome Walled Garden the wistaria flowers have now faded, and the foxgloves, alliums and aquilegia are now blooming.
In the main part of the garden, the peony bed offers a startling view.

Peonies

Peonies

© 2016 Peter Young

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