Thursday, 9 September 2010
Thorpe Perrow Arboretum.
What could be better on a lovely Autumn day than a walk through a beautiful Arboretum in the company of a good friend and her dog? Well, today I did just that and am posting the photographs so that you can share in the walk.
Thorpe Perrow is on the edge of the little town of Bedale, which stands by the A1 trunk road, not far from Scotch Corner and the trans-Pennine route. It is only about twelve miles from home and an easy journey through pretty countryside, so we set off at eleven o'clock this morning.
Thorpe Perrow is the home of Sir John and Lady Ropner who have, over the last twenty or so years, turned their garden into a magnificent country park. Many of the rare trees are very old and very large. Old dead and dying trees have been cleared and new ones planted; whole areas have been grassed and replanted with suitable shrubs - it is a joy to walk round - and so large that you can walk for an hour and hardly see a soul.
There is a newish Bog Garden which is splendid. Tree trunks are being allowed to rot into the soil and the one in the photograph above is covered with magnificent purplish fungus. The house itself stands on the far side of the lake, so is nicely cut off from the main park. The lake has fish - lots of tadpoles in Spring - and is home to a pair of swans and countless coot, mallard etc.
Give the place another week and the Autumn colours will be really magnificent, but we felt we needed to go before the weather broke and already there are Autumnal signs, like the lovely rose hips in the photograph. And some of the trees are beginning to turn into their colours.
There is now a lovely cafe at the entrance, so we were able to sit outside in the sun and eat a delicious bacon sandwich and drink a cup of good coffee. A friend unexpectedly joined us and we had an hour's pleasant chat. Sometimes one has a day (or in my case two days as I enjoyed yesterday too) when everything goes really well.
As I have said before 'A moment enjoyed is never wasted.'