|Calke Abbey in August - Maria A Smith|
Calke Abbey is truly a magical place, and its never difficult to find something interesting, and different on each visit. The house itself is in a state of faded grandeur, and is often fondly referred to as the house time forgot. It stands suspended, remaining virtually untouched since the early 1920's. Once the home of the Harpur family, it is now owned by The National Trust.
On Sunday, I took myself off there, with only my camera, and the promise of a cream tea after my walk. It was a most enjoyable afternoon. Here are some of the images I captured on my visit.
|August in Calke Park - Maria A Smith|
The deer were preoccupied, with grazing on the lush grass, and were quite oblivious to any human presence. This allowed for some great opportunities, as often its impossible to get as close.
|Calke Deer - Maria A Smith|
I sneaked up on this stag, he seemed not to mind - sat in a shallow muddy puddle, he posed easily for the camera.
Butterflies are not easy to capture unless you're very lucky. I spent time chasing this one around, and after my seventh or eighth attempt, I got this shot. Not brilliant, but I was well pleased to get it.
The Peacock is one of our most identifiable butterflies in the UK, with its large eye spots, there to ward off potential predators, yet they are beautiful making this butterfly very easy to spot in amongst the foliage.
|Walled Garden at Calke Abbey - Maria A Smith|
I wandered into the walled garden, not sure what to expect, as last time I visited the plants had taken a severe battering from heavy rainfall. I felt sorry for the staff who lovingly tend the garden. So I was pleasantly surprised on Sunday, to see well cut lawns, healthy shrubs, and glorious bedding flowers. The entire garden was immaculate.
|Calke Gardens - Maria A Smith|
Time has a habit of whizzing by when I go out with my camera, and before I knew it, I was packing away, and heading off in the direction of the restaurant. You didn't think I was going to miss my afternoon tea did you?
|Happy Days! - Maria A Smith|
The perfect end, to a perfect afternoon!