Youngest daughter and I decided to visit Mottisfont Abbey yesterday as she wanted to see the exhibition of original Winnie-the-Pooh watercolours by E.H. Shepard. It was a lovely day out and well worth going if you love the books. Photography wasn't allowed so I've used one of the images from the National Trust article Here.
They've continued the Winnie-the Pooh theme with other activities for children and set up a sweet little tea table with food and woodland creatures knitted by a local craft group
I loved the cupboard full of Pooh's "hunny", and the bee mobile!
There was also a room full of wonderful automated toys
And some beautiful kites made by John Browning using skeleton leaves.
Daughter was flagging by now, so after some lunch we hitched a lift on the buggy along to the walled garden so I could have a quick look round. I've been before when the old roses are in flower and it's a glorious place full of colour and scent. Now they're over it has a different atmosphere, but still alive with butterflies and the scent of dried lavender. The central borders are still full of colour, mainly blues and silvers.
Rose hips everywhere.
And lots of huge pots of pelargoniums.
I hope you've enjoyed the little trip round Mottisfont. If you want to see the exhibition it's on 'till 15th September. It's a lovely place to spend the day with plenty to see in the house and the river Test in the garden. Beautiful!
Enjoy the weekend