Coming from different sides of the country we manage to arrive more or less at the same time, and this time was no exception, but I think she had the edge on the journey as she is a bit nearer and her hubby drove, so she got a lie in!! But, in all fairness, it was the first time I had to travel further. So. Charley, my daughter and I, set off from Hereford about 8.30am on Saturday morning and arrived at Woburn Abbey around 11.15am. Its a beautiful setting and Woburn Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. It was opened to the public following the death of the 13th Duke in 1953. The deer park at Woburn Abbey is home to nine species of deer two of which, the Fallow Deer and the Red Deer are native to the UK.
|Wooden men climbing.|
|Close up and underneath!|
As well as the Abbey and the antique centre we wandered around the gardens. The gardens are still at the beginning of the design stage for the Abbey and in 10 yrs they will be magnificent, but, when we were there they were still very pleasant with plenty to see. Parts of the garden are exhibiting some of the most fantastic sculpture in various mediums, from wood, to mesh, bronze and steel. One of all of our favourites was the wooden men climbing the monkey puzzle tree, even close up the figures were brilliantly made. Another favourite was a bronze sculpture of a girl reading and a spaniel.
We had a wonderful day, its so nice to meet up with friends, enjoy picnics, this time in the sunshine amongst the deer poo, and explore historic buildings and have a giggle. I can't wait until the summer hols, Windsor Castle here we come!!