Monday, 3 October 2011

The Last Days Of Summer

I've been holding out for an Indian summer, and just when I'd given up all hope, along came a mini heatwave.

The weekend we've just had will probably be the last hot days of the year so we decided to make the most of it and on Saturday, we headed off to one of our favourite places, Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales.

We parked up at the side of the river and ate our picnic. Lots of other people had the same idea as us, it was packed, yet even with all those other people around it still manages to be peaceful somehow. Daniel and Eleanor stripped off to their swimming things and enjoyed cooling off in the river, as did Archie.

We stayed until the sun was setting behind the trees.

It was drizzling when we got up on Sunday, but it didn't last long, and although it wasn't as sunny as it had been on Saturday, it was still very warm. We had a few bits and pieces to do at home so we didn't want to go anywhere too far away so we headed off to Lotherton Hall, which is on our doorstep, for a walk.

There's signs of autumn all around, which is quite odd when the temperature is reaching an all time high for this time of year.

Archie loves running through the wood and enjoys all the smells which are heavenly to dogs.

Gorgeous doorways leading in to other garden rooms.

I don't know what's behind this door, it's a secret.

There's still plenty of colour all around though, I love this trough planted up with ivy and bedding plants.

This weekend was an unexpected treat, one which we all enjoyed very much.


  1. The weekend was a bonus weatherwise wasn't it. Love that secret door.It was strange seeing all the autumn leaves but feeling the heat of summer.
    Lisa x

  2. I love Bolton Abbey ... we've been there a few times now. In fact, that whole area is rather lovely!
    Your secret door is wonderful! I wonder what,s behind it ... is it a secret garden!

  3. Days out like this in such good weather are a real bonus at this time of year. Flighty xx

  4. Lovely to be reminded of Bolton Abbey, I once went there on a school trip a very, very long time ago!
    Lotherton Hall looks interesting, the wrought iron gate and archway makes such good a photo as well as the mysterious green door.

  5. I love secret doors & gardens, never been to Bolton Abbey though, one to add to the list.

  6. Looks like you had a nice weekend, it was a hot one! Cooling down this week, and I hear rain and wind outside tonight.

  7. Thank you for all your lovely comments.

    Kathy - I'm not sure what's behind the secret door, I might investigate when I go again, but then that might spoil the magic.