Saturday, July 29, 2006

“Nice and treesy does it / Does it, does it, does it every time”

Here is the post that was promised by that lovely cedar of Lebanon earlier in the week. No, not a post about the conflict in Lebanon, this time, despite what might have been thought; one about trees and things, kind of, instead.

Last Sunday, Wife and I went out to visit some friends who live down Winchester way. It takes a couple of hours to get there, but we go there a couple or three times a year, and they come here a couple or three times a year. At the end of the day, you've got to see your friends. And if you're prepared to put forth a little effort to see them, it makes it all the more special.

Anyway, they had a little day out planned for us, but they wouldn't reveal where we were going until we got there.

icecreamfudgesundaeWhen we arrived we were greeted in glorious fashion by their two wonderful Weimaraners. They're great dogs, and one of them really does smile when he sees you! It's amazing. After a sit-down and a glass of juice and a chat, we went out to lunch. I ordered a steak, and then followed that with the ice cream fudge sundae that you see here. It was a struggle, but I managed! The girl half of our friends revealed that she eats up to three homemade versions of these each week! I was gobsmacked, to say the least.

So, after lunch we had to walk some of those extra pounds off, and they took us to an amazing place called the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. There's not much to say except that it has the most amazing collection of trees, flowers, and shrubs -- "some 42,000 plants (12,000 different types), which now thrive in an area of 180 acres", according to the website.

Anyway, here's a few of the pictures we took while there.


If you enlarge this one, you can see all the bees and butterflies on the flowers. Wicked!


I loved the texture of the flaky, almost paper-thin bark on this tree.


This is one of hundreds of pieces of artwork scattered around the grounds, many of which are for sale (at a price).


And how's this for a big leaf?!


Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

That is one big mutha******* leaf (to quote Samuel L. Jackson)

29 July, 2006 11:10  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

are they from all over the world [*] because the tree does remind me of our paperbark trees.

29 July, 2006 12:30  
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29 July, 2006 12:33  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

Oops, that last comment was really from me....I administrate a blog for a friend who is running for municipal politics, and I was in his ID when I decided to do some commenting. Yikes.

Nice photos! Amazing leaves.

29 July, 2006 12:43  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Shamash: It sure is!

APP: Yeah, the collection is totally global in scope, so it may well be one of those trees. Reather stupidly, I didn't think to make notes about what I was shooting. Maybe a good job, since we took about 160 pics in all!

Mr A: Thanks. Since starting this blogging thing, Wife and I have noticed a huge increase in the number of photos we take, which is great, I think.

29 July, 2006 13:34  
Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said...

Nature is always inspiring. It never ceases to amaze me. That's why we opted for the countryside. Lincolnshire may be flat but its scenery and people are a breath of fresh air.

29 July, 2006 14:12  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

Never heard of it. Goin' to find it. Looks amazin'. (So does yer ice cream)

29 July, 2006 14:24  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow! i want to go there now.

and dang, that's a big leaf

02 August, 2006 21:35  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

G-Hobbs: Nature is cool, man, that's for sure. Not seen Lincolnshire, but there is much of the UK that I really must get round to...

4D: Yeah, it's definitely worth checking out.

Martha: Sure is a big leaf. Go on, make the trip!

08 August, 2006 06:46  

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