We so enjoyed our visit last weekend from our friend Jonathan Wright, a horticulturalist from the esteemed Chanticleer Garden, He was on a visit from Pennsylvania to work a couple of weeks on a learning exchange with Great Dixter. We were so chuffed that he took time out of his busy schedule to visit us for the weekend up here in Scotland. We rewarded him with a crisp white frost, blue skies and glorious sunshine (all pre booked of course) . The autumn leaves changing colour made our scenery glow with rich red and gold against the frosted landscape. After a visit to a private local garden he commented ” I think this garden is every bit a beautiful as Stourhead. ” and later added ” Simply don’t want to go! Beautiful visit. Dark skies lovely. Walks in the hills – lovely place. Can’t wait to come back!”
The dark sky performed it’s magic too. We weren’t able to show him the Milky Way but the full moon was spectacular. All too soon he was whizzing back via Ryanair to Stansted to continue his mission. We were sad to say goodbye but at least he missed the torrents of rain that followed his departure.
More rain than we can remember since we arrived in March 2007. The Gregg Burn in the village was overflowing into the street last night – and bringing boulders and debris with it. Thankfully we are back full circle to blue skies again today ! Last day for fishing – and not much success today from the enthusiasts due to the swollen river but plenty of good sized salmon caught in recent weeks – and a beautiful day to finish on.