Twenty of us, including four very welcome guests, met up at Hindringham Hall Gardens for our first venue of the day. Bright and breezy with a nip in the air we all set off to explore the many different areas in the garden.
Although early in the year there was plenty to see with the wonderful architecture of the hall surrounded by a complete moat: the walled vegetable and fruit garden which supplies fruit and vegetables for the house, areas filled with daffodils and early flowering shrubs, the water garden and a pair of black swans with their single cygnet.
As with most WDPC events, a visit to the cafe was enjoyed with delicious cakes and hot drinks before moving on to the second venue of the day Binham Priory.
This is a very impressive Benedictine priory with amazing ruins as well as the much larger priory Church of St. Mary and the Holy Cross. We spent some time both exploring the ruins and enjoying the interior of St.Mary’s with its incredibly high timber ceiling, some beautiful wood carving and the 15th century eight sided, perpendicular font. Lichens in the graveyard also proved to be a fascinating photographic subject.
Most of us were ready to return home apart from five of us that continued to our third venue - Wells-next-the-Sea where we enjoyed an early fish and chip supper!
Some of our images can be seen below:
|Hindringham Hall from the Moat by Dawn Osborn|
|Drumstick Primrose by Tom Thurston|
|Never too Old by David Wilkin|
|The Pergola by Jan Murphy|
|View Across the Water by Andrew Barnes|
|Sempervivum by John Kerr|
|Black Swan by Sue Baldwin|
|Crown Imperial by Jim McConnell|
|Daffodils in the Breeze by Andy Caws|
|Honorable Retirement by Tim Leonard|
|Found his Niche by Di Jackson|
|Black Swan Cygnet by Jeff Bowley|
|Black Swan Pen with Cygnet by Tom Thurston|
|The Old Window by Sue Baldwin|
|Binham Priory Ruins by Dawn Osborn|
|Let the Sun in by Tim Leonard|
|Wood Carving Detail by Di Jackson|
|A Beautiful Day at Wells by Jan Murphy|
|Lobster Pots by Andy Caws|