Thursday, 21 July 2011
What a view!
Parcevall Hall's gardens extend over 24 acres on a steeply sloping site. Some of the area is orchard and woodland but around the house there are formal terraced gardens, whilst behind is an interesting rock garden, carved out of the limestone bedrock, and a pretty rose garden. There are magnificent views across to the hill known as Simon's Seat and down towards the valley of the River Wharfe - and happily there are plenty of benches strategically placed to make the most of the scenery.
Originally laid out by Sir William Milner from 1927, the gardens became neglected after his death until a restoration programme was started in the 1980s. Now back to their former glory, they are carefully managed to provide interest all year round (though the site is remote and can be difficult to access in winter.) The hall and gardens have been featured in films and on TV and though not attracting hordes of visitors (thankfully it retains a peaceful feel) they are of great interest to garden enthusiasts.
I was pondering John's comment yesterday about my photos having 'balance and serenity'. I think I do very much seek out those qualities in my lifestyle and environment - and I suppose, by definition therefore, my photos. Working for a large public sector organisation that, despite its protestations to the contrary, seems hell-bent on demoralising its workforce and making it impossible for us to give the public the good service they deserve - and then coming home to the media stories of greed, corruption and "couldn't care less about others, only seeking to serve myself" in high places... I really need beauty and peace and I find it most easily in nature (though that also has its harsh side). Today's good news is: my daughter's 20 week scan is fine - and it's a girl. And my mum's treatment is working as hoped and she is doing well. Praise God - and thank you for your kind thoughts and comments on both matters.