Cornwall, Echium candicans, red squirrel, St Nicholas Priory, The Tresco Children, Tresco, Tresco Abbey Gardens, Valhalla Museum
Wednesday 29th June, part 2. Very shortly after starting to explore the Tresco Abbey Gardens, by which time the threat of rain had lifted, and having had the obligatory and necessary coffee, I was absolutely delighted to see a red squirrel – and then another. I had no idea they were on the Isles of Scilly.
Here are just a few of the over 100 photos I took on my way round the very extensive gardens.
I had now been in the gardens perhaps an hour, totally absorbed in what I was seeing. But at this point I looked up and saw the sea in the distance. I came to, and suddenly remembered where I was. It was a strange feeling, coming back to space and time.
My peregrination had brought me back near the entrance. Whether these were the same two squirrels, I could not know, but as they played they rushed past me, apparently oblivious of my presence .
As I went back to the cafe at the entrance for a something to eat, I couldn’t resist taking another photo of the creature (was it the same?) that had greeted me earlier on.
Also at the entrance there was a small exhibition on the history of the Gardens.
Guess who visited while I was consuming my soup…
Resuming my exploration of the gardens, I was pleased to see these Echium candicans, ‘Pride of Madeira’. I had bought the T-shirt when on that island. The flowerhead is about one-and-a-half times the size of a lupin head and much more dense.
The sun had been out for some time now, and I was sitting contemplating this area (the following three pictures) when it occurred to me that it would be a shame to see nothing more of the island while I was there.
So I made my way to the exit,
then turned back past the heliport, to the nearest beach. The sun had gone in now, and the breeze, from which the gardens shelter their visitors, was quite fierce. I saw no attraction in hanging around there,
so retraced my steps, past the entrance to the gardens this time, making for a round lake I could see on my map, hoping to be able to get close to it.
Sadly, I could get no closer to the lake than this, despite walking all the way round its extensive perimeter.
In due course, I was back at the heliport, but on the wrong side.
As I said in my previous post, I saw the previous flight come in and take off. Once the barrier was lifted, it was safe for me to cross to reception.
The following day – St Ives.
Loved all those red squirrels, what a treat!
All the better for being unexpected.
What a lovely garden to visit. I am sorry that the lake proved to be so elusive.
In private hands, I imagine.
Olive Simpson said:
Lovely to know the red squirrels are in residence – such pretty creatures!
An unexpected treat, in a real treat of a garden!
Enjoyed the tour. It must have been delightful to spend time in the lovely gardens. The red squirrels are most attractive.
One of the nicest gardens I’ve ever visited.
Quel beau jardin, une invite à la contemplation. Les écureuils en sont les bons génies, qui accueillent celles et ceux qui savent y prendre leur temps ! J’aime en particulier la photo dans la mangeoire en bois.
Red squirrels are rare in GB, thus my enormous pleasure and surprise. And let’s face it, they’re prettier and more delicate than greys, whose spread has caused the near elimination of the reds.
Hazel Priestley-Hobbs said:
I love the sculpture and wonder what the story or inspiration was behind it.
I found this! “Bronze carving by David Wynne of the children of Robert and Emma Dorrien-Smith, owners of Tresco. The statue is symbolic of the freedom on the Scilly Isles and was unveiled by Princess Diana in 1991. The children are Adam, Frances and Michael, the youngest. Michael is portrayed naked, a source of acute embarrassment when he was growing up in his teens.”