Snapshots: Westonbirt Arboretum

16 May

Not really a “day out” post, because, to be honest, I don’t quite have the energy.  The sun was shining, I wasn’t carrying around my bigger camera (too heavy!), and I just wanted to enjoy the sunny sky and a stroll through the beautiful cultivated woodlands or Westonbirt Arboretum.  So, just a few snapshots to share with you, and to remind us all that there is sunshine in England once again.

I have no clue what is going on with this chap, but he is clearly a lucky wood-man.

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We found a 2,000-year-old lime tree.  Sort of.  A 2,000-year-old stump of a lime tree.  It’s called coppicing.  Look it up.  It’s cool.20140515_110534ed

I’m a bit of a sucker for Japanese maple.  They’re so beautiful it’s like my eyes can’t focus on them properly.20140515_110609ed

There are groves and groves of Japanese maple here at Westonbirt, in nearly rainbow colors.20140515_112636ed

We also found bluebells … and honeysuckle azalea … and magnolia … and clematis … 20140515_124345ed

… and rhododendron … 20140515_124747ed

Right, I mentioned bluebells?20140515_124904ed

… and Oaks … 20140515_125527ed

And long vistas … 20140515_130814ed

… and intense dappled greenery.

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It was also wonderful to see all the mothers and young children out walking and playing and picnicking here at the Arboretum along with the more elderly couples and interest groups.  The natural inclination to get outside on a sunny day and simply be in the sunshine and greenery strikes me as so very British.  Or am I forgetting America?  On a sunny day, did we all run to the park with a picnic and plan to spend hours doing nothing but walking and sitting in the fresh air?  Maybe we did.  It’s been a while.  I’m fairly sure we didn’t have cream tea and cakes. So to sum up the day:  England=winning.

The determinedly charming village of Tetbury is very near Westonbirt, and looks like it’s worth a visit.  I’ve only driven through on my way to visiting Highgrove, but I think a village tour needs to be on the agenda sometime soon …

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6 Responses to “Snapshots: Westonbirt Arboretum”

  1. Tesni May 16, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    I’ve only ever been to Westonbirt for their Christmas light show (recommend by the way! Very magical). This post has inspired me to check it out in daylight. It’s not too far away so have not excuse for not having gone before now really.

    • Monique June 4, 2014 at 8:07 am #

      It is definitely worthwhile in daylight! Enjoy!

  2. Sergio Caltagirone May 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Here in Western Washington, we regularly go to the park or sit outside just to enjoy the sun. In fact, just a month ago we drove three hours to a spot in Eastern Washington to enjoy the sun at the park. This is common for Washingtonians. From what I’ve seen it’s not too common elsewhere in the US which probably enjoy more year-round sun than us. We felt like that activity in the UK was natural.

    • Monique June 4, 2014 at 8:09 am #

      Oh, you west coast Washingtonians with your nature loving and your tree hugging and appreciation for the beauty of the earth and whatnot! 😉 Of course, driving three hours for a day trip marks you out as American right away 😀

  3. satnavandcider May 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Lovely! And what a beautiful day. 🙂

    • Monique June 4, 2014 at 8:10 am #

      I store up beautiful days like batteries … (is that how batteries work?) 🙂

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