last sunday's gala was a fundraiser in aid of the Baker IDI heart&diabetes institute
the property is a truly magnificent
it is grand but not grandiose
it has the feel of a homely farm
the presence of the late Dame Elizabeth is tangable
anyone who is familiar with the media record of her life will remember many photos of her seated gracefully in a tapestry wing back chair by an open fire.
the gardens are amazing,
the kind of garden that has 'room' after 'room' beckoning you into the next area.
sometimes up stone steps
and often through a pretty door
or an ornate gate.
you are led ever forward or sidewards into another enchanted flower filled 'room'.
many of these areas have a welcoming seat inviting you to take some time to admire the view.
there must be hundreds of them scattered around the grounds.
i think my favorite was a little old gardeners chair in a cluttered potting shed.
the stables sit nobly in the picking garden,
they are graceful digs,
the style is reminiscent of Mediterranean architecture with ornate fittings and fixtures.
the biggest challenge was snapping a photo before another visitor wandered into my frame
the second biggest challenge was know when to stop snapping photos.
one which i clearly didn't rise to.
the buildings and the vast grounds speak loudly of many years of love and admiration by many thousands of people both ordinary and not so ordinary.
if the walls could talk,
they would tell you to linger in the gardens,
and admire the carefully tended blooms
it's a place where hours can easily slip by.
if you are still with me, well done.
just a few more to go and we will be at the end.
you have shown remarkable commitment.
what can i say, i love gardens.
and all of their beauty.
so, that concludes our tour of Cruden Farm
thank you for stopping by,
you can exit via the rear gate.