Yesterday was a lovely spring day that we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and headed to Lanhydrock House, our nearest National Trust property. We followed a circular route along the estate boundaries. Heading in to the beech woods we descended slowly though the trees, emerging by the River Fowey. There is something quite magical about being near to water and yesterday the river was fairly full, and moving swiftly, full of noise and bustle much more suited to the tempo of a working day rather than a lazy Sunday. On the far bank we spotted a Dipper enjoying some morning fishing before the antics of some dogs frightened him away.
Leaving the river behind the path wound it way around the edge of the wilder part of the gardens, skirting the huge rhododendron bushes , laden at present with heavy blooms from palest white to deepest red before leading us in to the oak woods behind the house. here there were carpets of bluebells, interspersed occasionally with primroses and wood anemones, wild garlic and the occasional flash of deep purple violets. It was a wonderful sight, nature overflowing with generosity, a bounty of blue from the palest almost white to the darkest, almost purple.
We saw only a few people on our walk and were amazed when we returned to the car park to see many hundreds of vehicles; most of their occupants busy walking round the stately home or the cultivated gardens, both of which are definitely worth seeing but we felt as though we had found the real treasure yesterday. It was a good reminder that it’s not always the biggest and most talked about that are the best and it can be only too easy to overlook the joy found in the quiet places, the pleasure that can be had from the simple things in life.
Below is a link to the house for anyone who might like to know more about it. Not to be missed if you visit Cornwall