Tuesday, 23 October 2007


Before I begin my Wisley tour I must show you some of Steve & Lynn's garden.....Steve and his Dad built the deck from which you get a scenic view of part of the garden....down the steps you get to a paved area and then onto the curved path, lawn and borders...all landscaped and built by themselves....... This is only the first part of the garden...they have twice this beyond still to be done. It will be a long time consuming job and will be even more fabulous when it's finished.

Now on to Wisley..........

Isn't this wonderful....all made with apples!.....
We were so lucky as there was an Autumn Apple Festival on...........tasters not only of apples but of other goodies too.......we didn't need any lunch as we gorged politely nibbled at some of food on offer.............. I'd never tasted Sheep Milk Cheese before ...the High Weald Dairy Stall was filled with a marvellous array of wonderful tasting cheese. We were very good and didn't wash it down with any of the fine beers on offer from here......though we did imbibe in a drop of non-alcoholic Ginger Wine!

Wisley covers 240 acres and has the most wonderful expanses of water...from lakes to ponds and rock gardens with flowing waterfalls.....

The weather was wonderful...blue sunny skies and so warm! Who would have thought there had been a frost the previous night. I particularly loved this water feature..............

and this graceful lady dipping her toes in the pond.......Isn't this statue of a Bear catching a fish delightful....too big for my garden though!
The whole place is just full of pathways to explore and the vast array of benches to sit on was welcome. This one really caught my eye......as did the Butterfly Lover's Pavilion..... with it's beautiful Butterfly carvings.............. This brings me on nicely to the Bonsai Garden........

I'm sure some of these are deservedly worth a fortune.That's all from Wisley for today.........Yes I know we went that way next Lynn...I'll show my blogpals that tomorrow!!!!

For now I must show you how my carpet laying went yeterday........this was the tatty old oil stained carpet......Manda and co had cleared all the furniture etc out for me.....And I'm pleased to report that Manda and I managed to do a fair amatuer job of laying the carpet......I still need to get some thresholdsbut I reckon it looks pretty good! It smells good too as my Brugmansia which I brought indoors has finally flowered!!!!!
Many thanks to all of you who sent, via my comment box and emails, good wishes for my trip. More of Wisley tomorrow........................


Auntie Noo said...

I haven't been to Wisley for a good couple of years - but you have renewed my enthusiasm for it.

Meg Wolff said...

Your photos are beautiful. It looks like you got some GREAT weather!

Because of your (is it new?) Ruth signature I read your profile. Sorry to read about your husband. You must miss him fiercely, not many people find their soul mates.

How is school?

Sheila said...

Wisley looks amazing, I bet you really enjoyed it Ruth.
I'm looking forward to seeing more photos soon. The hall looks great, how handy that your friend had a piece the right size and colour.
The food on the previous post looks delicious..!
You've probably said, but is your SIL a chef..?

dot said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the one made of apples. Your new carpet looks nice. Ruth is a lady with many talents!

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a feast for the eyes your picturs have been. I have never been to a place like this but will do now thats for sure.

Gledwood said...

I'm fascinated to know what the purple apples were that made the main body of the tractor...

or did the colour values just come out a bit skewed and they were originally ordinary red ones..??..

Sylvia said...

Yummy on the apples. Looks like you had a good trip.

Mary said...

Spectacular photos!!! I love the ones of the water features and the flowers.

It looks like you did a great job of laying the carpet. Congrats on that one. It's not an easy job.

Take care and have a terrific Tuesday.

Akelamalu said...

What a great time you had and I absolutely love all the photos. Looking forward to seeing more. xx

Akelamalu said...

PS well done with the carpet laying! :)

john.g. said...

Great pics! Wisley is a gorgeous place, but apparently the place to go this autumn is Batsford arboratum.

Allotment Lady said...

Fantastic photos - and how envious am I!

What a great job of carpet fitting you did - you could hire yourselves out!

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Wow Ruth,
I am in impressed in you hard work of uploading al tis photohograps ( I know how much work it is because I am trying to do so with my Italy photo's...)

I have never seen such an apple-mosaic, made by apples, Thats so wonderfull, and that wooden lo-o-o-o-ong bench, terrific, (that word looks srange to me: terrific hmmm) Anyway I love the totall of it the combination of collage's and photo's your words.

Love to see more Ruth!
And ehhh also important, the quality of photo's are sharp and clear, very well done. I look forewards to see more!!!

JoAnn with hughs and greetings

Suzi-k said...

wow ruth, it looks like you had a really cool weekend! You have such a good eye for taking photos, so that we can share the atmosphere of the place with you, thanks!

Moi said...

lovely place ...i fell in love with the bench completely!!!am so glad you are having so much of fun....i am stuck up in my lab here but just 8 more days to go before i defend my thesis and i'm outta here!!! :)

lilymarlene said...

I can see where you've been....I was there Monday too....and have posted identical photos of the tractor....sorry! Didn't see yours til now..!
I'm glad you had a good time.

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! A great place to visit.....one day!

Great stuff re carpet!

Calamity Jane said...

As a bit of a gardener I feel a bit silly admitting that I didn't know Wisley was open to the public like this! I've heard of it of course but hadn't really given any thought to it actually being open ... doh!! Great pictures.

Andrée said...

I want to go with you next year! What a beautiful thing to do.





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