Showing posts with label national trust. Show all posts
Showing posts with label national trust. Show all posts

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

National Treasures: Mottisfont Abbey & Hot Cross Bunnies

Wonky, Wonky!

Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP

After seeing the roses at Mottisfont, we went in the house, which seemed far cooler upon walking in, but after a little while of being inside, the heat there got to me too, and my (much denied by me) asthma was making me a tiny bit wheezy.

This was the first room we went in. A full shot wasn't practical considering how many people were in there at the time.
So, you'll have to make do with the smaller details.


Want this too.

Also want this.

It's not that I don't like it, but I don't really want the harpsichord, which you were allowed to play if you just checked with a volunteer first. The bunnies would chew the legs.

I'd rather like this too.

Moving on ...
I have always had an aversion to four poster beds with the covered top. My mind says murderers will be hiding atop the bed, waiting for dark to fall.

Detail of the original abbey


Next room ...

Dining room floor detail ...

Next room ...
Also want ...

Want this too ...

Entrance to, and actual maids quarters ...

I'd rather like this Hoover.

Deco detailing on a hat ...

Yes please.

I'll take the lot!

This was so clever and yes, I wanted this too.

So much want on such a small surface!


This'll be handy to put all my goodies in.

Lovely staircases ...

I loved the maids quarters and thought that was my favourite bit, until this!
I then proceeded to hold everyone up and a queue formed behind me...

Look how deep the bath is!

4711 perfume! I actually have some of that!

Original Tudor beams

It was really lovely inside, we got to see rooms we didn't last time and I just love the Edwardian era and all its trappings.

Next up, we went for a wander about the grounds and ended up walking along the river, which was so beautiful. The man who we passed who was trying to photograph either a damselfly or a dragonfly on his phone, was still there when we returned on the other side of the river! Exact same spot and you could see his desperation by this point!
I had no such problems.

Do you know how hard it was trying to get a picture on the bridge with no one else on it?

By the time we got back to the house, we both agreed that we had had enough, and after a quick turn about the gift shop, headed back to the car and after a short stop off ...

Bunny Lane Is In My Ears and In My Eyes!

... headed back home to the bunnies, who we had left with a fan on, next to their pen, but they were not happy with the weather and were not dealing well with the heat in our living room, which reached 82 Fahrenheit at one point in the evening.

We gave them an ice block wrapped in a towel which they promptly moved away from.
I then pointed the fan right at them until it ruffled their fur and lo, they did move away and they did make us feel guilty for trying to make them cooler.

It very much smacked of, "But we were happy there! Why did you put that cold thing on us? I don't care if we're hot, you had no right to do that! You left us alllll day and then you came home and you did that! We're going to go over there now, when we were happy where we were and we will smoodge together until we're even hotter and it'll ALL BE YOUR FAULT!"

Bunnies. What can you do?

Monday, 26 June 2017

National Treasures: Mottisfont Abbey Roses

Mottisfont Abbey is world renowned for its collection of old fashioned roses. As June was upon us, we knew we had to act fast and visit Mottisfont to see for ourselves.

Mottisfont Lane, Romsey SO51 0LP

The NT has this to say about the collection:

Our walled gardens are filled with heavenly fragrance and colour from thousands of roses in early summer.

We’re home to the National Collection of pre-1900 old-fashioned roses, which reach their peak in June. Visitors flock to see this world-famous display from over five hundred varieties.

Over 500 varieties of rose bloom in our walled gardens.

Unlike modern species, old-fashioned roses tend to flower just once a year, so their full summer blooming is an extraordinary annual sight.

Discover varieties such as Malmaison – a sumptuous pale pink bourbon rose inspired by the Empress Josephine’s famous garden – and delicate Chinese tea roses in shades of cream, pink and red.
The light crimson and deeply scented shrub Rosa gallica officinalis was brought to England from Persia by the Crusaders, and there are other hybrids so ancient that they are prehistoric. Some varieties are so rare that it's possible we have the only stock in existence.

Created by Graham Stuart Thomas - one of the most important figures in 20th-century British horticulture - in the 1970s, our walled gardens were chosen to house many varieties that may otherwise have become extinct.

We were lucky on arrival, to find shady car parking, but had we got there any later, we would have ended up in the baking sun in the overflow carpark in a nearby field. I wasn't sure how busy it was going to be, being that it was Father's Day (or in our household Fur-Fathering Sunday) but it was busy indeed and we could see the sun gleaming off the cars from the shady riverbank.

Our first mission was to find shade to have our picnic, and most shady spots were taken, or being selfishly reserved for a bit later by people. One woman who was actually set up on a picnic blanket, had her son stood on the bench we wanted, walking back and forth on it, while she called her mum, getting her to get there soon, as she had a bench for her. We ended up under some trees, next to the house, sat on a log, which smacked of being round the campfire!

Picnic finished, we then debated seeing the roses first or going in the house and as it was just gone noon, decided roses first as the house might have been full of people getting out of the midday sun.

I must say, although we could have done with getting there a week earlier, the roses were truly spectacular.

The scent was delicious, and filled the walled garden with the most incredible fragrance. Bees, hoverflies and butterflies were everywhere.

It wasn't only roses, there was also the Lesser Spotted Apple Eater ...

Next time I'll share some photos of the interior of the house and all its Edwardian trappings.

If you're interested, this was my other Mottisfont post, from January.