Sunday, 19 August 2012

Oxburgh Hall

I really don't know where the time has gone lately - it's just whizzing by. Andrew is still under the floorboards plumbing away. I'm trying to knock a door into shape and doing various sewing projects and haven't read any of my favourite blogs for ages let alone written any. But we did escape the confines of Nelson House when Andrew's brother came to visit.
The weather forecast was a bit iffy so we had Plan A if it rained and Plan B if it didn't. Somehow the weather sort of swapped about during the day and we did both.

Plan A (rain) was a trip to Oxburgh Hall, a 15th century moated manor house with a chapel and an enviable kitchen garden.

Oxburgh Hall
Walled garden
If you're going to have a walled garden it should have a tower! And a gardener's bothy to drink tea in during bouts of inclement weather.

Gardener's bothy

You're not allowed to take photographs inside the hall but you are allowed on the roof, I'm not great at heights but I couldn't resist looking at the chimneys and standing in the towers.

Onto the roof
Every chimney is different

From one of the towers

Back at ground level we wandered round the garden where there was this beautiful mixed border. Not only was it a mass of colour there were hundreds of bees.

Andrew & his brother hiding from the camera
A mass of colour
I want this border
We got home at about 3.30 and decided to do Plan A(dry weather) as well, so we grabbed Mortimer threw him in the back of the car and headed for the beach at Old Hunstanton.

You can see from the sky that it had been raining but our timing was perfect,

Passing showers
Although Mortimer sulked in the car,he was convinced he was off to the kennels, once he got a sniff of the sea air he was off.

This is nice
I think the French call it thalassotherapy

Can I have a biscuit now? Please.
We resisted the temptation of fish & chips and all returned home tired but happy.

And next time I'll show you more plumbing.  Can't wait can you?


  1. Great photos. And aren't herbaceous borders one of the special glories of gardens such as those at Oxburgh Hall? If you're ever in North Yorkshire, be sure to give Newby Hall a visit.

  2. Hi Margaret - I agree that many of these properties make a huge effort with these borders, I just wish I could get the continuity of planting. Thanks for the Newby Hall recommendation, I've book marked it for a future trip.