Sunday, 31 October 2010

Kilt Rock Waterfall, Skye

Kilt Rock Waterfall

I'm currently on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Kilt Rock Waterfall on the east coast is one of the most impressive, plunging 50m down to the sea :-)

Friday, 29 October 2010

The Blue Bedchamber

bed in the blue bedchamber at Belton House

The bed in the blue bedchamber at Belton House is 18 feet high! :-)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Yew Berries

yew berries

The dark green seeds of the yew tree develop first followed by the red flesh which almost surrounds them. Yew ranks high among the world's oldest trees. Notable examples include the Llangernyw Yew and the Fortingall Yew.

The Orangery

the orangery at Belton House

Looking across the Italian Garden at Belton House towards the orangery and the church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

The Lake at Belton House

The Lake at Belton House

The gardens of Belton House near Grantham are fantastic. The lake isn't natural, having been dug for Sir John Brownlow 300 years ago.

The Boat House

The Boat House

It's difficult to see how the boat house at Belton could have been used to store boats... The door is only a couple of feet wide.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010



Was I the only child who used to collect acorns? :-)


Belton House from the East

Belton House, Grantham, Lincs

Belton House viewed from the gardens to the east. The house has featured in a number of films and costume dramas. Do you recognise it from Pride and Prejudice? :-)

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Library at Belton House

the library at Belton House

The Library at Belton House is amazing. I found a copy of Whitaker's History of Richmondshire which I'd love to read but is virtually impossible to get hold of. :-(

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A Room of Books

books at Belton House

There's something about private libraries that I adore!  This room of books at Belton House is home to the overspill from the main library. :-)

books at Belton House

Thursday, 7 October 2010

European Yew

yew berry

The berries of the yew tree are one of the strangest I've seen, having an opening at one end.
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