Thursday, 14 October 2010
Autumn colour at Thorpe Perrow.
Today a friend and I have walked round Thorpe Perrow Arboretum near Bedale. It is only a short drive from here and each time we go it gets better.
It covers 85 acres and has some of the largest and most spectacular trees in the country and the National collections of walnut, ash, lime, laburnum and cotinus. It is the home of Sir John and Lady Ropner, who live in a magnificent house at the centre of the arboretum, overlooking the lake.
After our walk we went into the cafe and had a bowl of ham, savoy cabbage and puy lentil soup with a roll each - that was delicious and two hours walking round had made us quite hungry. On the way out I bought some dwarf wallflowers, came home and put them into tubs straight away, along with some daffodil bulbs that have been in a bucket and have been shouting to be planted for the last month. Altogether a satisfying day.
The autumn colours were beautiful and there were so many different fungi. There os a fungus foray at the weekend and they will certainly have plenty to choose from.
Rather than try to describe what we saw I am putting on twelve photographs - hope you enjoy them. I am sure they will benefit from being enlarged.
## I love the way they discourage people from swimming in the lake - the crocodile
is most realistic!