Saturday, June 29, 2013
Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun around 1538 and completed in the late 1550s near Ilminster,Somerset. The house was owned by several families until 1745 after which it fell into disrepair and was used as a tenant farm. After repair by Alfred Hoare Powell, it was the first house acquired by the National Trust, in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. Colonel Lyle leased Barrington Court from the National Trust in 1917. He was the grandson of Abram Lyle, who introduced Golden Syrup. Barrington Court is noted for its Arts and Crafts-style gardens for which garden designer Gertrude Jekyll provided planting plans. It is now open but unfurnished which helps show off the intricate wooden panelling collected by Lyle.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
A final set of images from Dorset: a newly emerged Southern Hawker with its exuvium; a Beautiful Demoiselle and Mayfly; a Bee Orchid self-pollinating and a mutant flower form growing close by and a very aggressive Crab Spider. It was a very enjoyable trip thanks to Andrea at Higher Kingcome Lodge (a great place to stay) and to the good company on the trip.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Kingcombe Meadows Reserve is still managed as a working farm, grazed by cows and sheep, using traditional methods without artificial fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. The result is a patchwork of fields and unimproved grassland, rich in wild flowers and insect life. This year everything is late so there were many fewer insects than on previous visits, in particular no butterflies and very few grasshoppers. The orchids, buttercups and ragged robin were at their best.