Monday, 22 September 2014

Travels - a bit more of hidden Birmingham (Winterbourne House and Garden)

We have our car serviced at a garage in Birmingham, that only does Italian cars and is very reasonable,  so while we wait for it to be seen to, we have to fill a few hours spare time in the city.

I've posted about various little places we've found before, but todays is Winterbourne House and Garden.  It's about a 10 minute bus drive from Moore Street (number 98) to the University at Edgebaston.

It's only been open to the public for about 5 years, and is an amazingly tranquil place - not huge but more than worth looking at if you're passing. The house and gardens are immaculate and every plant has a label. It also has a tea room!

The Lean-to greenhouse.

There's a series of glasshouses and this one contains arid planting.

The nut walk

The start of a small Japanese garden.  We visited in mid September, and in a couple more weeks I imagine the acers will be glorious.  I also liked the fact that you could walk on the stepping stones across the water.  These things are usually out of bounds!

 A printing press housed in an old garage.
 The old kitchen.

The house is arts and crafts.  I especially liked the nursery.

Finally, some books which I had a quick look at...fascinating.  I especially liked the pattern for a knitted corset cover, which is not for storage as you'd think, but is worn over the corset - it looked very thick and itchy.

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