What a nice seat to sit at

Do you notice how sometimes time can be fast and slow simultaneously? August seemed to stretch on for ever and now suddenly it’s September. Hurrah!

Autumn is making its approach with cooler, darker evenings, rosy apples and too many events to attend. Though not strictly an event, we hadn’t been to Helmsley for almost a year and I was itching to pay a visit, so that was yesterday’s main port of call.

Usually, we buy pastries from Thomas the Baker in the market square and find a suitable perch to eat them from. This time, we did indeed by pastries and my favourite Donker bread rolls (a light rye bread). We also made it to Cinnamon Twist, now a stall on the market which sells other unusual bakes, such as cheese and fennel scones. (Note to self, must try scones in our new oven.)

We made a departure from tradition, however, by lunching at Helmsley Walled Garden. My baguette was the tastiest I’ve ever eaten but the waitress was unable to provide a baker I could purchase from, so if I want a repeat I will need to return to the Garden restaurant.

A hardship that will hardly be. The restaurant is in the glasshouses which still have functioning ventilation windows, which fascinated me as we ate. As did the decoration on along the walls.

As you can see in the above photo, the glasshouses not only keep guests warm but enable the growing of grapevines. Indeed these vines have produced an abundance of fruit, which I noticed other guests picking for themselves.

This scene has got me thinking about whether there is any way I could have a glasshouse running along the south side of my house. I’d been thinking of a pergola to grow vines on but a glasshouse would be so much more useful.

Daydreams aside, I was delighted by various sights in the Garden, where we wandered after our lunch. There were a few empty patches waiting for redevelopment (for example, a dye garden) and areas which I had not noticed previously or which had been changed since our last visit.

Ponds have been added.
The composting area was a new discovery.
This fountain and seating area are not new but watching the water is quite mesmerising. On this occasion, I learned that my daughter is going to have a big garden with water features when she leaves home.
These yews have been given a new hairstyle. Don’t they look splendid with their busby hats?

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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15 Responses to What a nice seat to sit at

  1. That is a nicely accessible compost bin

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    What a lovely day out!

  3. Jackie B says:

    I love old glasshouses and walled gardens.

  4. I would love to visit such a place! It looks like you had a nice outing, and how sweet that your daughter has her future garden planned. I bet that made you smile.

  5. Helen says:

    She is such a planner 😊

  6. This has got me thinking too, about repurposing glasshouses – unfortunately I’d never fit one into my current garden. There are lots of unused glasshouses in my town. Many in a state of disrepair, but now I find myself dreaming about what I could do with them… if I had permission! Helmsley Walled Garden looks like a wonderful spot.

  7. gaiainaction says:

    Lovely blog post Helen, sounds like you have had a very nice time there. And this most beautiful purple flower… wow!

  8. I love that fountain. It’s got me thinking about our garden

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