#MyGloriousGardens: Stourhead in Autumn.

Stourhead is a National Trust property and garden that we have visited on numerous occasions. As National Trust members we thought we would visit in the Autumn as the trees are looking glorious at the moment. I love that with our family membership, we can explore an area for a day or for a quick dog walk.

 

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The view towards The Pantheon is like a work of art.

Stourhead is a national treasure with a famous garden. It has been described as a work of art and I can see why! Visiting in Autumn allows you to see the landscape with all it’s beautiful colours on display. We visited on a rainy day but it was still glorious!

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This is the Rock Arch which is fun to explore. It leads up to the Temple of Apollo. 

The Stourhead garden was made by a wealthy English banker, Henry Hoare II who owned the nearby house. The garden was made in the valley behind the house and you can see the influence of his trips to Italy within the garden. The Temple of Flora at Stourhead was made in 1745 and the grotto in 1748. The lake and the Pantheon were made in 1754. It is based on the Pantheon in Rome and the planned walk through the estate is based on the journey of Rome’s legendary founder, Aeneas. The five-arched bridge was made in 1762 and the Temple of Apollo in 1765. Various other features such as the gothic cottage and the Rhododendrons  were added later adding to the wonderful yet unique atmosphere that is Stourhead.

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The Pantheon
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Inside the Pantheon with it’s statues

 

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View from the Pantheon towards the lake.

In October there are various Autumn tours to take and warming refreshments offered in The Gothic Cottage. There are also trails for children to follow. The paths are well laid out and accessible for wheelchairs and buggies a like.

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The Gothic Cottage with it’s gorgeous Acers and Maple Trees outside. Inside you can buy warm refreshments.

The Grotto resembles a cave and was built as a summer retreat from the heat. We found this statue of a river God inside as well as a Nymph.

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River God statue inside the Grotto
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View from the Grotto of the Autumn colours.
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The Temple of Apollo in the distance.

We really enjoyed the few hours we spent here. We didn’t visit the house this time but we did grab some lunch in the main restaurant which was excellent. Nearest the gardens is the quaint little pub called ‘The Spread Eagle’ which provided food and picnics to take away. There are toilets, an ice-cream parlour, picnic tables and an Art gallery here too.

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The Spread Eagle pub
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Stourhead; a national treasure and a lovely walk!

We would recommend visiting Stourhead soon as the trees are looking splendid at the moment. It is a great day out for all the family. Dogs are only allowed after 4pm though.

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Monday Stumble Linky

Six on Saturday

Six on Saturday is when you share six plants or things that are happening in your gardening and was started by The Propagator

I haven’t joined in before but after lots of bulb planting today, moving some perennials and sorting out the Greenhouse, I managed to take some good photographs that I am happy with.

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David Austin ‘The Generous Gardener’
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Nasturtiums
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Japanese Anemones
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Cyclamens under the old cherry tree
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Purple Asters
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Salvia Amistad

We enjoyed a cloudy yet mild day today in Wiltshire but there is a storm coming tonight so I’m not looking forward to that!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Apples, apples everywhere!

We are lucky to have a rather lovely, old apple tree in the old house garden which is groaning with apples this Autumn. I expect it is the sole survivor of an apple orchard planted in the 1950’s or so but it is very welcome and we have been harvesting many, many apples this weekend. We had a cold spell in late Spring here in the UK and I have read that this has affected this year’s harvest. I think the old house garden is so sheltered that our apple tree was covered in blossom and didn’t seem to be affected hence the great apple crop.

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The old house garden apple tree is groaning with fruit
So what to do with all these lovely apples?

Last year, we failed at making cider or juice for that matter….I think as the apples are Bramley apples this was doomed from the start! This year, we decided to try Apple sauce.

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Washing the apples in the wheel barrow
After climbing a rather large ladder we managed to collect about half of all the apples on the tree into a wheel barrow. We couldn’t reach the apples on the top branches so we have left those. We washed the apples and selected the best to use in our apple sauce.

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Chopping the apples

We chopped and sliced the apples and put them in saucepans.

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We had 4 large saucepans in total.

We added lemon juice, water and caster sugar to each saucepan. I have no quantities for you as we just went with the amounts we thought were right! We brought this to a gentle simmer which we left, stirring occasionally as the apples softened.

Meanwhile, I made an apple and blackberry crumble with some blackberries we picked on our dog walk this morning.

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Lots of blackberries in the fields at the moment.
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Make sure you wash the fruit
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I admit that I bought a crumble mix from the supermarket! It cooks in the oven for about 30 minutes and its so easy.
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Apple and blackberry crumble doesn’t last long in this house (and it’s mostly eaten by me!)

Meanwhile, the sauce was coming along nicely. We added more sugar for taste and also some sweet cinnamon.

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The apple sauce was ready and left to cool.

After we had left it to cool, we put it into sterilised jars ready for the fridge!

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Lots of jars of apple sauce -yummy!

And what to do with all the leftover apples?

Help yourself!

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Free Bramley apples at the old house!
Mummascribbles

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My Random Musings

OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.