Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunday 16th August, a visit to Bodnant Gardens

Slighly overcast this morning after a cool night.Pat fancied a visit to a National Trust property and we decided that Bodnant Gardens would be the one to go for, and have lunch in the cafe there.
First job was to fill up the car and then over the Menai Bridge to the mainland to do the shopping at the Morrisons Supermarket in Bangor, and then on in time for the
gardens to open.
We arrived at 11 and found it relatively quiet, though it soon became busy as 140 MG sports cars arrived on one of their events.
The gardens were beautiful, and put the abysmally poor Alnwick Garden to shame, all the flowers there looked well cared for and in fine condition.
We headed down through the lawns to our favourite spot, the lower lily pond and both of us took lots of photos,

not just of the lilies, but also of the Dragonflies that kindly landed on the stone slabs surrounding the pond, where they were within range of our cameras.

The lilies were very beautiful this year, so they were a favourite subject too.

Because it was a windy day I was using diffused electronic flash to stop the movement of the flowers and it worked well.
From here we walked to the upper lily pond and took this view of the lake and house.

Then a walk through the rose garden yielded these images

before we returned to the cafe and delicious coronation chicken baked potatoes and salad with a pot of tea for lunch.
Afterwards a leisurely drive back along the coastand over the Brittania bridge, then to the viewpoint car park for a shot of the Menai Bridge, though the cloudy sky wan't really what I wanted
Oh Dear! that darned squirrel has struck again!!!

Then back to camp and a lazy afternoon and evening snoozing and doing our hobbies

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