I was intrigued to visit The Poison Garden, a walled and gated part of Alnwick Castle gardens. The public are not allowed in unless on a guided tour, and are forbidden to touch or smell the plants, which surprisingly look like plants you could find in any cottage type garden.
Brinkburn Priory is tucked away in a woodland setting by the river, in the Coquet valley, Northumberland. Founded in the reign of Henry I as an Augustinian priory during the 1100s. Despite the quite remote location the Priory was frequently subjected to Scottish raids. It was one of the first monasteries to be closed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution in 1536.
The north entrance is a mixture of Norman and Early English architecture
It was a beautiful day in a lovely location, the sun shining and the sky cloudless. I hope I remember the names of the birds correctly. Norfolk Wild Encounters do a great job rescuing, rearing and rehabilitating these amazing creatures.
Above is a baby Eagle Owl, hand reared and very friendly. Continue reading
Portmeirion was designed and built in the Italianate style by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between the 1920s and 1970s, with colourful, elaborate buildings.