Today we had an enjoyable afternoon at Stowe Gardens in Buckingham. These gardens are National Trust and free for members to visit.
These grand gardens of around 250 acres were created by Lord Cobham in the 18th Century. Lord Cobham was a highly influential aristocrat and politician and the family at the height of their wealth and power were richer than the King and the gardens were a bold statement to show this. These gardens very quickly became on of the country's first tourist attractions and visitors have been coming to the gardens for over 300 years.
The gardens were wonderful to explore. Nooks and crannies in tree stumps...
The Temple family motto 'Templa Quam Dilecta' which means 'How lovely are thy temples'
Views from the bridge.
Gothic Temple - you can rent this as a holiday cottage.
Could be fun staying here...what do you think?
Temple of Friendship
Swans n the lake with their cygnets.
Sheep resting in the fields.
Walking along I saw....
A Speckled Wood butterfly.
Saxon Dieties who gave their names to the seven days of the week.
I pose with one of them...
Lord Cobham's Pillar
Loved the lion.
Temple of Concord and Victory
Standing on the steps of the temple
Looking down over the hand made valley which Capability Brown had planned to hold water, but miscalculated somewhat and so it turned into a valley. He obviously had trouble with his maths homework like me!
You can see both the obelisk
and Lord Cobham's Pillar from the temple.
Standing on this wonderful old contorted Cedar tree
Fane of Pastoral Poetry - I could just imagine Francis coming here to write poetry!
Temple of Ancient Virtue
Temple of British Worthies
Chatting with Sir Isaac Newton
In conversation with William Shakespeare
Eastern and Western Lake Pavilions.
Cascade and Artificial Ruins
It was a great day to get out and about and I had fun exploring all these amazing temples and grounds.
I got another stamp in my National Trust Passport. I wonder where we will go next time?