Sunday, 2 November 2014

Autumn at Tatton

Yesterday promised to be a beautiful autumn day with plenty of blue skies and sunshine. It didn't quite turn out that way but we were still glad we made the effort to head out to one of our favourite places, Tatton Park. I've been longing to go for a few weeks and have been so frustrated I couldn't because of my foot injury.

But look, I managed to get my walking boots on! Hurrah! Fresh air, here I come!

When we arrived, we had a look round the Christmas gift fair (a bag of stem ginger fudge being our only purchase) and then headed out for a quick walk in the park. Lots of lovely autumn colour and crisp leaves to kick through.

Lots of deer and sheep were grazing in the fields.

There were signs warning not to get too close to the deer as it's rutting season. This young male was too busy eating leaves to be fighting over females and seemed unconcerned about having his photo taken.

The ladybird on the fungus didn't seem too bothered about having her photo taken either!

I think the fungus is a young parasol and this is what it looks like when it's opened up.

We didn't walk too far as our intention was to visit the gardens which had been decorated for Halloween. To be honest, by this point, Chickpea was also fed up of dodging the deer and sheep droppings so it was a relief to head for an animal-free zone!

The cottage is now a tea room but used to be the home of the head gardener - lucky man! I can only fantasise at living in such a gorgeous house looking out onto a lovely walled garden.

There were lots of these ghosties hanging around the gardens.

Cute rather than scary.

A bit more spooky were these wire sculptures which were dotted amongst the trees.

It was quite eery catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure!

Much better to look at the cute ones!

We never fail to enjoy our days at Tatton. The weather wasn't quite as promised but the bonus of sunshine and showers is the appearance of rainbows. We'll definitely be back again to see how the Park changes over the seasons.

Today has been a quiet day catching up with housework and ironing awaits :( as well as some knitting and a new jigsaw :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x


  1. I do like visiting Tatton too. Lovely autumnal colours. Those lettuces look like they belong in Mr McGregor's garden don't they?

  2. Tatton is lovely at any time of year! And the gardens are well worth revisiting. We intended to visit the Old Hall this week for the scare fest, but never made it. Thanks for sharing the photos, it's good to see what I missed!

  3. It looks like a lovely day out. The topiary hedges in the photo third up from the bottom are amazing aren't they. I have never been to Tatton, but it certainly looks as though it is well worth a visit. xx

  4. What a beautiful place, the trees round the pond has to be a sight to see...
    Amanda xx

  5. I think I've only been to Tatton once, and that was with a class of children, around Christmas one year. I've never explored the gardens or parkland! It looks lovely though, I must go one day.

  6. Lovely photos. Despite living not so far from Tatton, we've still never been. I have a friend who is related to the person who lived in the cottage, like you say, a beautiful place to live.

  7. It's a beautiful park--you're so lucky to live near such a gorgeous place. I bet it's a great place to visit throughout the year and makes for a lovely day out. I agree, those wire sculptures are very spooky. I prefer the cute ghosts too.

  8. What a beautiful place to spend the day. The topiary looks amazing.

  9. oooh beautiful pictures. Loving the ghosties.:)

  10. Gorgeous autumnal photos Julie. I love the photos of the deer, they look so sweet. But I agree, those wire sculptures are a bit spooky.
    Marianne x

  11. Oh, I just love a walled garden. I fantasize about living somewhere with a walled garden one day... There is something really pleasing about seeing all those rows of lettuces lined up. And those wire sculptures are spooky, I had to look twice at them. x