The Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth, Bedfordshire

In 2017 we visited the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth Airfield, we had gone to watch an air show of vintage planes, and found a garden to explore while waiting for the show to start.  

The nine acre Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, was created between 1824 and 1832.  It was the project of a wealthy young gentleman, the 3rd Baron of Old Warden Lord Ongley, whose family had bought the estate in the 1690s.  It was the end of summer when we visited, and the structure of the garden was interesting to see.   It is the only complete late Regency garden laid out in the romantic and Swiss picturesque style. 


The Dogs of Shuttleworth Bedfordshire

Last year 2017, we visited Suttleworth in Bedfordshire to see an air show.  While we were waiting to see the vintage planes, I took photos of the canine visitors.

The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden in Bedfordshire, England.  It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft.


I just found this little photo of my youngest dog, Toffee, he is all grown up now.   He loved to make friends when he was a puppy, he still does, but he was fearless then……not so much now, he is a little bit more cautious.   I wish I had the follow up photo to the sniff, it was a kiss from Toffee to the big nose which was sniffing him…….I wondered if big dog was thinking ‘Dinner’

Graffiti in Brougham Castle, Cumbria

I have already posted about Brougham Castle in Cumbria, but I forgot to post about some graffiti that I found in the little chapel at the top of the keep.  I love finding old graffiti, maybe it would be better it there were none, but as man has always had the need to make his mark, its interesting to see how he made it down the ages.  The graffiti I came across in the keep it not the oldest I have found, and there might older on site, but I found some dated from the 1800’s……… I must say they were very neat.  

The Chapel of St Mary & MacMillan’s Cross, Kilmory Knap, Loch Sween, Scotland

Kilmore Knap Chapel, St Mary’s on the shore of Loch Sween.  We visited back in 2016 and I did think I had posted about the chapel, but it would seem I did not.  Still, l think this peaceful tranquil place, will not have changed since I took my photos.  Kilmory Knap Chapel was probably built in the early 1200’s and it seems to have remained largely unaltered until it ceased to be used following the Reformation.

Following the Reformation the chapel, by now roofless, found use as a burial enclosure. It was re-roofed in 1934 to provide a shelter for the carved stones found within the chapel and churchyard, and is now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland.

I wasn’t quite expecting the amount of wonderful tomb slabs that I found on entering the chapel, they are amazing well preserved.  

The far end of the chapel is dominated by the beautiful MacMillan’s Cross, carved for Alexander MacMillan, who through marriage became keeper of Castle Sween in the 1450s. The original base of the cross can be seen in the churchyard outside, but given how crisp the carving is, it is difficult to believe it was ever exposed to the elements. It was moved into the chapel in 1981.




Sunshine In Lyme Regis, Dorset

Having heard the weather forecast for the UK today, it sent shivers down my spine, more cold weather to come.  Earlier while looking through some photos, I found a bunch of photos, that I took of Lyme Regis in Dorset, taken on the 4th of March 2016…….somehow I have a feeling that this March 2018, is going to be a little different, I do hope I am wrong, but somehow I think an extra thermal vest will be required 🙂

Killerton House, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon

Killerton House in Broadclyst near Exeter in Devon is a lovely 18th century Georgian House that we visited in 2016.  I have already posted about the trees in the garden and recently about the chapel, now its the turn of the house……a little late, but I doubt it has changed much.  This is really a visual tour, I have added some details in between the interior photos and the exterior ones.  We did enjoy our visit to this National Trust House and I am just so pleased, that for the last few years you are allow to take flash free photos, so thank you NT.

A little about the house……Killerton is an 18th-century house in Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, England, which, with its hillside garden and estate, has been owned by the National Trust since 1944 and is open to the public. The National Trust displays the house as a comfortable home. 

The estate covers some 2590 hectares (25.9 km2, 6400 acres).  Included in the Estate is a steep wooded hillside with the remains of an Iron Age Hill fort on top of it, also known as Dolbury which has also yielded evidence of Roman occupation, thought to be a possible fort or marching camp within the Hill fort.

Killerton House itself and the Bear’s Hut summerhouse in the grounds are Grade II* listed buildings.  The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.