|The top part of the walled garden.||Inside the conservatory.|
One of our jobs was to shift a number of large wooden tubs, which had been removed for repainting, back down to a part of the garden called the Circle. They then had to be filled with compost (mixed by ourselves, first photo) and planted up for the summer, along with the central container and border.
|Charlotte doing some planting in the winter garden.||Carole pruning some bushes that had grown out over half the width of the path.|
|Ollie with a hedgehog that she'd found apparently suffering from dehydration / heat exhaustion.||Looking down Garden Pond towards the walled garden.|
|David feeding a brood of ducklings at Garden Pond.||A young moorhen on Garden Pond.|
|Raking up newly-cut grass that had been left to grow long where the spring bulbs had been.||Jane using a ride-on mower to transport gravel for top-dressing a new section of path.|
As this was only a five-day holiday (there'd been some kind of administrative cock-up and the basecamp had got double-booked for the weekend), we only had a half-day off. We spent the morning doing some weeding in the Gertrude Jekyll garden at Lindisfarne Castle. The garden has recently been restored to the original design (or as close as is possible with the plants available today), but is currently still recovering from the foot and mouth outbreak, when it had to be left to its own devices and the weeds took over.
|The Gertrude Jekyll garden at Lindisfarne, as seen from the castle.||Looking across the garden to the castle.|
|In the garden.||Poppies in the garden.|
|A walk around the estate: the old bridge on the road leading towards Wallington Hall.||Ollie and David crossing the river near the bridge.|
Ollie and Jane in the adventure playground.
An evening at the pub in Elsdon.
|Afternoon off: the cascades at Alnwick Castle gardens.||Alnwick Castle. (The broomstick lesson in the first Harry Potter film was filmed just on the other side of the wall closest to the camera.)|
|In the basecamp on the final night of the holiday, with most of the gardeners.||A visit to the local "wine bar" - mugs of tea at the café tables in the courtyard.|