A dull misty cold morning and with a day to myself I hopped in my little car and drove to Calke Abbey, near Ticknall Derbyshire.
It’s one of my favourite National Trust properties, my visit was to coincide with the start of the 2020Vision outdoor roadshow (Calke Abbey 10th -29th April 2013)
I arrived early so instead of sitting in the car waiting for the entrance to open I strolled to see the deer that were reasonably close and against the misty trees they looked rather majestic. Although I obviously wasn’t very interesting and they soon wandered off either in search of better grass or a better view!
Time to move to the bird hide and see a nice selection of birds: Great Tits, Blue Tits, Robin, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, lots of Goldfinch who squabbled nosily over the seed, Chaffinch twitting around the floor nibbling at seed spilled from the feeders, a Jackdaw even made a nervous appearance and of course a Squirrel.
2020Vision Roadshow blog is continued here
Calke Abbey is a huge house that has been kept in an unstately condition, there’s a walled garden, potting sheds, a wonderful Orangery oh and St Giles; a gorgeous little church. There are lovely walks through woodland or along the river.
A separate blog with photographs featuring the house and garden is to follow.